Next week (17th March 2010) I am presenting on EF4 at www.devweek.com in London (and Azure on the 18th). Today I wanted to get all the latest bits on my demo machine and also check if there are any cool new resources I can point people at. Whilst most of the new improvements in Entity Framework come with the Visual Studio 2010 RC (and the RTM), there are a couple of separate items you need to install if you want to explore all the features.
To demo EF4 you need:
Visual Studio 2010 RC
Download and install the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate. In my case I went from the Ultimate Edition but it will work fine on Premium and Professional.
See the team blog post for a detailed explanation. Use the Extension Manager inside Visual Studio 2010:
And install the updated POCO templates for either C# or VB (or both if you are so inclined!):
Next you will also need to install Code First (formally called Code Only). This is part of the Entity Framework Feature CTP 3. See the team blog post for a detailed explanation.
Download the CTP from Microsoft downloads and run the setup. This will give you a new dll for Code First
Optionally (but I recommend it) install LINQPad for the RC