EntityDataSource and Bind: What are those square brackets?

This post is about a small issue that I have seen in the forums and that arises often in cases in which EntityDataSource is used in combination with bound controls that use templates, like FormsView or a GridView with template based columns. If you can create your page correctly, simply using the different drag &…

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EntityDataSource’s flattening of complex type properties

I explained a few days ago the rules of wrapping in this blog post. But why do we wrap after all? Julie asked for some details today in the forums. I think the answer is worth of a blog post. In ASP.NET there are different ways of specifying which property a databound control binds to:…

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EntityDataSource: To wrap or not to wrap

Note: Somehow the <TEntity> generic argument had disappeared from the extension method definition. I am fixing it today after several months. Sorry for the inconvenience! Fresh from the forums today: A customer asks how to get the real entity object in the RowDataBound event of a GridView. We made some complex design decisions during the development…

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New EntityDataSource Control for ASP.NET

As it was announced today, the EntityDataSource is now part of Entity Framework, and a first beta version of it is available in .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1 and Visual Studio SP1 Beta 1. I have meant to answer Julie’s post "Thinking about the EntityDataSource" for several months. But I always thought it was risky…

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