Coming from under the rocks just to celebrate for a bit

I’ve been sort of under a rock for a while, but I thought I’d come out for a minute to celebrate. Today we made available .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1. There are two components in the release I spent a bunch of time on, which interestingly enough have very different origins and…


Data Services and Entity Framework beta bits available

The news are out. The ADO.NET Data Services Framework (Astoria) and the ADO.NET Entity Framework will be shipping as part of .NET 3.5 SP1, and the Beta 1 release is now available. All the official blogs discussed the details already, including the Astoria team blog, ADO.NET team blog, Scott’s, and many others out there. Folks out there trying…


Provider availability enables Entity Framework and Data Services over many database vendors

There are fresh news about ADO.NET provider support here, and there is an official looking statement from last December with more details here. The ADO.NET Entity Framework is designed so that the upper layers of the system are database-independent. There has been many attempts at this in the past, with varying degrees of success. I…


Project Astoria December CTP is out!

We just released the December 2007 CTP of Project Astoria, or I guess I should say the ADO.NET Data Services framework as Mike pointed out. This is an important milestone for Astoria, as this is the first release that is based on the real, production code base and not on the initial prototype that we…


TechEd Europe next week

I’ll be attending TechEd Developers EMEA in Barcelona, Span next week. I’ll be giving talks on Astoria, the ADO.NET Entity Framework and LINQ. If you’ll be around and want to chat I’ll be around the conference most of the time that I’m not speaking. See you there!  -pablo  


Astoria CTP for Visual Studio 2008 is here

We got many emails lately asking whether we were going to ship a version of the Astoria CTP that would work with Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 2. Well, it’s out now. You can read about it in the Astoria Team blog and download it from there. Note that…


Channel 9 episode: the Entity Framework one year later

Almost exactly a year ago Mike, Britt and I did a Channel 9 episode where we talked about the Entity Framework and we said that we were going to have a runtime that would expose an EDM view of the database, and we also said that we were going to have great tools to design…


ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 2 is out, with tools :)

Visual Studio Orcas Beta 2 shipped a few weeks ago and folks have been asking how to work with the Entity Framework using the new Beta. Well, a couple of days ago we shipped the Beta 2 of the Entity Framework, which will integrate nicely with Visual Studio Beta 2. This beta includes a bunch…