Enums in the Entity Designer

One of the most highly-requested features for the Entity Framework is first-class support for Enums, and we are happy to provide support for this feature in the Entity Designer in the June 2011 CTP recently released. If you haven’t checked it out already, find the bits here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26660 We’d like to give you a look…

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Auto-Compiled LINQ Queries (Entity Framework June 2011 CTP)

When you write a LINQ to Entities query today, the Entity Framework walks over the expression tree generated by the C#/VB compiler and translates (or compiles) that into SQL.     Compiling the expression tree into SQL involves some overhead though, particularly for more complex queries.  In order to avoid having to pay this performance…

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Spatial Types in the Entity Designer

One of the highly-anticipated features coming in the next version of Entity Framework is Spatial support. We’d like to give you a look at the experience of developing with Spatial types in the Entity Designer. If you haven’t already, take a look at what is going on under the hood with Spatial types in the…

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Spatial Types in the Entity Framework

One of the highly-anticipated features coming in the next version of Entity Framework is Spatial support. The team has been hard at work designing a compelling story for Spatial, and we would love to get your feedback on it. In this post we will cover: The basics of SQL Server’s  spatial support Design goals Walkthrough…

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Table-Valued Function Support

One of the key features coming in the next release of Entity Framework is Table-Valued Function support.  It is a very popular customer request and we have been working diligently to design a solution that we hope you find simple, yet useful.  This design intends to make TVFs first-class citizens on Entity Framework, by allowing…

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