The official source of information on Managed Providers, DataSet & Entity Framework from Microsoft
Last week at the Advisor Summit conference I gave a talk introducing new LINQ functionality being introduced in the Orcas timeframe (and beyond).
As you probably know if you've been reading this blog regularly, LINQ functionality will begin to ship as part of Visual Studio Codename "Orcas" and the .NET Framework. The Orcas release will include LINQ to SQL, enabling LINQ queries against Microsoft SQL Server databases, LINQ to DataSet and LINQ to XML. The ADO.NET Entity Framework will ship in the first half of 2008 and will include LINQ to Entities, enabling LINQ queries against an Entity Data Model. The Entity Framework will also include other components, such as Object Services and the EntityClient managed provider, and will be supported by new tools for Visual Studio.
If you haven't been reading this blog regularly, or if you're only vaguely aware of the LINQ coming attractions, then all of this is bound to be confusing. Below are some links to help you get started in exploring some of the work being done by the Data Programmability team.
Programmer Writer, ADO.NET
ADO.NET Team Blog
Data Programmability Team Blog
The LINQ Project
Download Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Downloads
Data Access and Storage Developer Center
Data Access Incubation Projects
ADO.NET Orcas Forum
.NET Framework Data Access and Storage Forum
LINQ Project General Forum