Using SQL Server Management Studio R2 with SQL Azure

As I mentioned earlier this week, we now have a CTP release of a version of SSMS that is SQL Azure aware. I thought it might be useful to share my first few minutes with it. First up, I cleared out my SQL Azure account using the portal (dropped all my databases). And I made…


Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Simple Model First Example

This is the first in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009). When adding an Entity Data Model to a project you are given the option to: Generate the…


SQL Server Management Studio now supports SQL Azure

I have had a bit of a “SQL Azure” day at TechEd Europe. I sat through David Robinsons excellent intro to SQL Azure development (smooth, on time, great Q&A), caught up with David afterwards to exchange stories on SQL Azure and find out what I will be missing at PDC next week and then grabbed…


Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe – standing room only

On Monday at 9am (9th Nov 2009) I presented a session on Entity Framework 4 to several hundred attendees at TechEd in Berlin (DEV305). I have presented EF to developers many times before but this was the first time I had shown the new EF 4 in any detail. I was really interested in the…


Summary of the Entity Framework 4 changes introduced with Beta 2 and CTP 2

I thought it would be useful (at least to me!) to summarise the new stuff in Entity Framework 4 given it actually comes in 2 parts. The list is a simplified and categorised version of this and this. General Foreign Keys now added: EF 4 now includes a new type of associations (Foreign Key Associations)…


The relationship between Entity Framework 4 betas and ctps explained

There seems to be enough confusion about the betas and ctps of Entity Framework 4 to warrant a brief post. Hopefully this should clear things up nicely. Put simply: Most of Entity Framework 4 (EF4) will ship with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 (.NET4/VS2010), however not all of it will. Most of EF4…


The Plan B is all my DEV305 Entity Framework 4 demos as slideware

Next week I will be presenting Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe. At least that is what I hope to do. However my Lenovo T61P seems to have some other plans. A year back the screen packed in. The nice IBM man replaced it. All was well. Last week the screen packed in again. The…


Entity Framework 4 Session DEV305 at TechEd Europe 2009 – what to expect

Next Monday (9th Nov 2009) at 9am I will be delivering an overview of the new stuff in Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe.  The session is DEV305 and the description reads: ADO.NET Entity Framework in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (catchy?) This presentation offers an in-depth discussion demonstrating the new…


Midnight and the Azure and Entity Framework decks are now final and available for download

You might have been following this series of posts on my preparation for Software Architect 2009. Well, this evening while sitting in a small hotel room in London (with no window and a dodgy tv) I completed both presentations and made them available for download on Slideshare. You can find them both here. P.S. I…


Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – the last day retrospective

This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day five (The last day): Play, play, play with the technology.  PART DONE Produce outline skeleton demo sequence for both sessions PART DONE Produce a backup VM “just in…