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To aid brainstorming and to better understand typical developer scenarios, the ADO.NET team created an internal prototype of a designer to let developers model the ADO.NET vNext “Conceptual” layer.
If you recall, Pablo Castro demoed this prototype in this Channel 9 video and shortly after that we received many requests from users asking for this prototype so they could take it out for a test run. Based on the numerous requests received, we have decided to release the “ADO.NET vNext Entity Data Model Designer Prototype CTP” as an unsupported tool to showcase our upcoming ideas for ADO.NET vNext tooling.
You can download the Entity Data Model (EDM) Designer Prototype from here.
The designer in this CTP is an early prototype and only supports designing the “Conceptual” layer. The designer can also generate an Entity Data Model with 1:1 mappings from an existing database that you can use right away in your application while also graphically visualizing the “Conceptual” layer. Please take a look at the walkthroughs in the Overview document included with the EDM Designer prototype for more details.
Do take it out for a test drive and let us know what you think over at the ADO.NET vNext Technical Preview Forum on MSDN.
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