Why use the Entity Framework?

There are a number of places where you can read an introduction to the Entity Framework, listen to a podcast about it, or watch a screen cast or video of an interview.  Even with these various resources, though, there are so many different data access technologies out there that it’s not uncommon for me to…

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A little more about SP1 Beta and the EF

Just a quick note to point out a few interesting things about the updated version of the EF which shipped this week with the beta of VS 2008 / .Net 3.5 SP1: The initial announcement didn’t include links to updated versions of the documentation or our samples, but you can now find the updated docs…

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Lazy Loading

There’s a lot going on today!  Not only has VS 2008 SP1 Beta been released (with the EF fully integrated into setup and including a number of new features and bug fixes), but also Jarek Kowalski, who is a really smart colleague on the EF team, put up the first blog post in a series…


EF Beta 3 is finally available!

It has been a long time in coming (especially for those of you who have installed VS 2008 RTM and then been frustrated about the inability of beta 2 to work with it), but beta 3 of the Entity Framework and CTP 2 of the EF Designer are finally available!  There are four steps to…

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Question: Deep serialization of an object graph–how deep should it go?

So, I’ve been thinking lately about serializing/remoting object graphs.  The entity framework currently serializes an entire object graph when binary serialization is used but only serializes one entity at a time in XML/DataContract scenarios.  I’m working on a sample designed to show how graphs can be serialized, and we’re looking into ways to make this…

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An Interesting Relationship Mapping Scenario

This week on the ADO.Net pre-release forum, someone brought up an interesting relationship mapping scenario in this thread.  Essentially the scenario is this:  They have a table which represents an entity, call it Foo, and along with the other columns, the Foo table has a column which is an foreign key ID and another column…

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First draft of an EF FAQ posted

One of the PMs on the team, Asad Khan, sent me a list of questions and answers which he culled from looking through a whole bunch of forum postings and blogs, and the content seemed like such a useful resource that I’ve been hacking on it for several hours tonight trying to fill in a…

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Entity Framework FAQ

The EF FAQ has moved (and been updated substantially).  It can now be found at http://www.ef-faq.org/  

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Two specific ways to take more control of your object model

There was an interesting discussion on the LINQ Project General forum today (scroll down toward the end where we start talking about what the EF can and cannot do), and there were a couple of key points I wanted to capture since we’ve had so many discussions about persistence ignorance.  Two things which are requested…

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