Orcas beta2: what’s where (directories I mean)?


I got a few mails and saw a few forum posts about the confusion created by new locations for dll/exe in beta2. So here is where you can find LINQ to SQL related files.



  • New .NET Framework 3.5 DLLs (green bits) are in: Program Files\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\v3.5\

  • SqlMetal.exe is in Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\V6.0A\Bin\

Another source of confusion - designer vs. SqlMetal



  • The visual designer for generating mapped LINQ to SQL classes is a part of Visual Studio 2008. You need to install some SKU of Visual Studio to use it.

  • SqlMetal.exe is a command line tool that is a part of the Windows SDK and lives in the same directory as similar command-line tools like Xsd.exe


Comments (4)

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  2. There are several good new blogs from members of the Microsoft C# team. Nevertheless, the most important

  3. Hi,

    Can you pls specify which SKUs support the visual designer? Does "Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition" Beta 2 Trail support this?

    It would be great if you can let me know @ pavvu_akk@yahoo.com. Either way it’s fine.

    TIA

  4. Pavan,

    All SKUs of Visual Studio have the visual designer. Professional Edition certainly supports the designer.

    You can get started as follows:

    Open solution explorer

    Right click the project

    Select add new item

    Select LINQ to SQL classes

    Open server explorer (add connection if not already present)

    Drag and drop away …

    Dinesh

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