.NET 4.5 Raises the Bar for Web Development Productivity

by Harry Brumleve Follow 1 Followers on  Jun 06, 2012 1

With the release of .NET 4.5 nearing, Microsoft has started to pull back the curtain on the next version of their development platform. While there has been a lot of fanfare around Metro and Windows 8, the improvements made to the core features of .NET, which have traditionally focused on web, service, and data development, may steal the show in the short term.


In Case You Missed It: Async and Streaming for ADO.NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen Follow 462 Followers on  May 29, 2012

For those .NET developers who still choose to work directly with the DataReader series of classes, .NET 4.5 brings some new async and streaming support your way.


Code-First Migrations Released With Entity Framework 4.3

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 21, 2012

Entity Framework 4.3 release finally brings the Migrations feature to Developers, without having to depend on separate pre-release binaries.


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.


SQL Server Bids Farewell to OLE DB After Denali

by Jenni Konrad Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 01, 2011

Denali will be the final edition of SQL Server to support OLE DB, because Microsoft considers ODBC to be the industry standard for relational data access.


Microsoft Slows Down Release Cadence for Entity Framework, Adopts Semantic Versioning

by Jonathan Allen Follow 462 Followers on  Aug 16, 2011

Since .NET 4 was released Microsoft has been pushing an ever faster release cadence for its .NET libraries with new features coming out every few months instead of every few years like it had done in the past. As a result of a recent embarrassment, the ADO.NET team is moving back to using beta releases and, to reduce future confusion, adopting the concept of Semantic Versioning.


Introducing the Entity Framework Power Tools

by Jonathan Allen Follow 462 Followers on  May 23, 2011 4

The introduction of a Code First option in Entity Framework has received quite a bit of praise. While it still has a long way to go before it unseats the reigning ORM, nHibernate, the progress Microsoft is making is quite astounding. In order to keep the momentum up Microsoft is releasing a set of power tools that will take an existing database and create a Code First representation.


Entity Framework 4.1 gets DbContext API – but no Database Evolution, SPs or Cached queries

by Roopesh Shenoy Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 21, 2011

ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.1 is upon us – slated for a late April release, it will come with a whole set of new features, but not all of them are going to make it.


Entity Framework Code-First CTP5

by James Vastbinder Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 31, 2010 11

Earlier this month the ADO.NET team released CTP5 of their Entity Framework Code-First library. The library is meant to provide a code-centric workflow for developers when working with data.


Named Resource Streams for WCF Data Services

by Jonathan Allen Follow 462 Followers on  Nov 25, 2010

Under the current version of WCF Data Services, developers can associate only one streaming resource with a given entity. With the October 2010 CTP, developers can now add additional named streams to an entity. For example, for images you may have streams named “Thumbnail”, “Small”, and “Full”.


DB2 Debugging in Visual Studio 2010

by Jonathan Allen Follow 462 Followers on  Oct 13, 2010

IBM is offering a demo of their DB2 Add-ins for Visual Studio 2010. In addition to "full end to end debugging for SQL procedures for VB and C# apps”, it includes ADO.NET and Entity Framework providers for many of the DB2 variants.


.NET and Azure Samples Showcase .NET Technologies Used in a Layered Architecture

by Abel Avram Follow 5 Followers on  Jul 22, 2010 1

Serena Yeoh, a Microsoft consultant and a contributor to Microsoft pattern&practices Application Architecture Guide, has created a Layered Architecture Sample for .NET 4.0 which was later ported to Azure, showcasing various .NET technologies (WPF, WCF, WF, ASP.NET, ADO.NET EF) used in an architecture based on the Layered Architecture design pattern.


EF Feature CTP 4 Brings Code First Updates and Productivity Improvements

by Abel Avram Follow 5 Followers on  Jul 15, 2010 2

Entity Framework Feature CTP 4 recently released updates the Code First programming model with new code conventions and data annotations, and adds two new types, DbContext and DbSet, providing easy entity model setup using Code First.


Microsoft Answers “Top 10 Questions on Data”

by Abel Avram Follow 5 Followers on  Jul 07, 2010 9

Microsoft has answered what they call “Top Ten Questions on Data”, explaining what has happened or it is going to happen to Oslo, ADO.NET Data Services, WCF, LINQ to SQL, T-SQL and other technologies.


LLBLGen Pro 3.0 Now Supports Multiple Persistence Frameworks

by Abel Avram Follow 5 Followers on  Jun 16, 2010 1

LLBLGen Pro is an ORM tool which supports multiple persistence frameworks: LLBLGen Pro Runtime, Entity Framework, NHibernate and LINQ to SQL. Other new features are: support for .NET 4.0, model-first or database-first development mode, model view, project validation.

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