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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Conventions for Code First

  The latest preview of Code First allows you to describe a model using C# or VB.Net classes. The basic shape of the model is detected by convention and then a fluent API can be used to further refine your model. We recently posted about our plans to support Data Annotations as another way to…

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Code Only – Further Enhancements

We’ve come a long way since the last post on Code-Only. So it’s high time for another update. We’ve been working really hard on Code-Only revving the design, and spotting missing capabilities and responding to feedback both internal and external etc.  The current plan still holds.  Code-Only will not be in .Net 4.0 with the…

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Code Only

There are currently two ways to get Entity Framework apps up and running, we call these Database First and Model First respectively. Database First has been with us since .NET 3.5 SP1, and involves reverse engineering an Entity Data Model from an existing database. Model First is new to Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4.0 and allows…

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Using Stored Procedures to load structured data.

V1 of the Entity Framework allows you to use stored procedures in two main ways: Mapping Create, Update and Delete entity operations to appropriate stored procedures. Doing a FunctionImport that allows you to return an enumeration of Entities* Now the thing is, in order to return an enumeration of Entities, you have to map the Entity…

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