Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Lazy Loading

[This is the fifth 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).] Entity Framework v1 did not support a commonly implemented ORM feature called Lazy Loading. Entity Framework 4…

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QandA: Is the ADO.NET Entity Data Model designer fixed in .NET 4?

[I haven’t done QandAs for a long while – very remiss of me.] Anyway, I have been asked this one so many times lately that I felt a more public answer was needed. The short answer is: Mostly. Certainly it is good enough to get work done. The longer answer is below… History In the…

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Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Complex Types and Entities

[This is the fourth 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).] Complex Types make it easier to work with objects, allowing the grouping of related properties in Entities…

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SQL Azure and Entity Framework sessions from PDC 2009

Two areas I am looking at right now are SQL Azure and Entity Framework 4. PDC had plenty of content on both these areas. Just need to find the time to watch some of it! I have added direct links to the standard definition WMV and the PPTs to download (which is what I am…

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T4 Templates and the answer to life, the universe and everything

[This is the third 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).] Entity Framework 4 relies significantly on the Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4) to generate code from the…

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Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Templated Code Generation

[This is the second 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).] Code generation from the Entity Data Model (EDM) has changed significantly in version 4 of the Entity…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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