Enums, Entity Framework And WCF Data Services

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 03, 2012

Enumerations have been supported in Entity Framework 5 – however Enums are not yet supported in WCF Data Services, which means you still need to handle them explicitly when writing OData services.


Entity Framework, Async – In Mono!

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 17, 2012

Entity Framework has been integrated into the Mono distribution as of 2.11.3 which means it can now be used even outside of the Windows platform. Mono also gets Async support on par with .NET 4.5.


Stored Procedures and Entity Framework

by Jonathan Allen Follow 525 Followers on  Aug 06, 2012 9

Much has been written on the topic of ORMs and its failings. Most of the objections fall into two categories: Separation of Concerns and Object Oriented Design. For the Entity Framework we have good news for one these.


Entity Framework Now Open Source

by Jenni Konrad Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 20, 2012

Microsoft has announced that they are making the Entity Framework open source. The product will continue to be fully supported, with the same development team. They also announced the roadmap for EF6, which includes task-based Async and new features for Code First development.


Entity Framework 5 Sample Provider

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  May 14, 2012

The EF team at Microsoft has announced a sample database Provider Entity Framework 5 for SQL Server, with support for some of the new EF features.


LLBLGen Pro 3.5 Adds OData and SQL Server 2012 Support, Designer Improvements

by Jenni Konrad Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 24, 2012

Version 3.5 of the ORM tool LLBLGen Pro was released this week, and includes updates to Entity Framework and NHibernate functionality, designer improvements, and several updates to the runtime, such as support for OData and SQL Server 2012.


Microsoft Reports Significant Performance Improvements in Entity Framework 5

by Jenni Konrad Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 16, 2012

Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Entity Framework 5 could potentially improve performance up to 67 percent. Developers using EF 4.0 should also see performance improvements just by upgrading to .NET Framework 4.5.


Most-Wanted Features in Entity Framework

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Jan 26, 2012 10

The EF team has setup a uservoice forum to let users request and vote for features. We are highlighting the current top 7 most-voted-for feature requests, along with possible workarounds you can use today.


Oracle Provider Gets EF Support

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Jan 02, 2012

Oracle has recently released Oracle Data Access Components (ODAC) 11.2 Rel 4 with support for Entity Framework 4.1 and 4.2. This will allow .NET developers working with Oracle database to work with a popular ORM and use LINQ to Entities for data access operations instead of hand-coding the SQL statements. However Code First and DBContext API are not supported in this release.


Interview with Julie Lerman on Programming Entity Framework: Code First

by Jean Lambert Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 22, 2011

The dotNetMontreal community hosted a seminar by Julie Lerman on the Entity Framework Code First approach. Code First is essentially a new programming style for generating a database directly from code. Entity Framework enables developers to create data access applications by programming against a conceptual application model instead of programming directly against a relational storage schema.


Code First Migrations Updates Data Structure From Code

by Jenni Konrad Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 02, 2011

The Code First approach means that the object model is created in code, and then the database structure is generated from that model. Code First Migrations allows developers to make changes to the database via code, many of which can be done automatically.


Entity Framework 4.2 Released; Some Updates Awaiting .NET Framework 4.5

by Jenni Konrad Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 04, 2011

Microsoft announced the final release of Entity Framework (EF) 4.2. While this update only contains one bug fix, it's interesting in the context of Microsoft's adoption of semantic versioning, and their attempt to separate EF from the .NET Framework.


Second Level Caching with Entity Framework

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 07, 2011 1

Second Level Caching is one of the features that is not present out-of-the-box in Entity Framework. In an MSDN article “Second-Level Caching in the Entity Framework and AppFabric” Julie Lerman shows how to implement Second Level Caching with Entity Framework to take advantage of caching services like Microsoft AppFabric.


Entity Framework 4.1 - Validation

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 06, 2011 1

Validation is an interesting feature introduced in Entity Framework 4.1. It enables to validate entities or their properties automatically before trying to save them to the database as well as “on demand” by using property annotations. There are also a lot of improvements made to Validation from CTP5 to RTW version of Entity Framework 4.1.

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