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A couple of months ago we committed to shipping a very early technology preview of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and the LINQ integration in ADO.NET, and we said we were "shooting for August". Well, here is it, with a whole 2 weeks to go before August ends :)
As of right now the ADO.NET vNext August CTP is available for download.
This CTP includes a really broad set of features. The CTP documentation has a more detailed feature matrix, but here is a high-level summary of what you’ll find in this preview:
In the CTP package you'll find:
I'd like to encourage everyone that writes data-centric applications to take a look at this and send your questions, suggestions and complaints this way; we'll be eagerly waiting for feedback!
If you want some more extra background before downloading and installing this, you can watch this Channel 9 video, and read an introduction to the Entity Framework (which is a previous version of the document installed with the CTP), an introduction to the Entity Data Model, and the Next Generation Data Access Vision document.
Looking forward to hear your thoughts on the CTP!
Pablo CastroADO.NET Technical LeadMicrosoft Corporation