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Greetings from TechEd!
We've updated the ADO.NET Entity Framework Sample Provider for .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta and posted it at the MSDN Code Gallery site. You can download the sample provider here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/EFSampleProvider
Yesterday we held a chalk talk session with many of our provider writer partners. The theater was so full with attendees that we ran out of seats. Representatives from DataDirect, IBM, Oracle and Sybase were in attendance. Over the course of the chalk talk, we addressed a number of general questions before attendees spoke directly with the representatives from the various provider writers. DataDirect announced that they will release an update to their Oracle ADO.NET provider to support the Entity Framework in Q3 of 2008. Both IBM and Sybase demonstrated their provider's accessing their data stores via the Entity Framework.
Reggie Burnett, the lead developer for the MySQL ADO.NET provider, was unable to attend but asked me pass along the following information:
"In the next few days we will be making available a pre-release of version 5.3 with preliminary support for the entity framework as it is found in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 beta. We are firmly committed to supporting this technology and are actively working on it."
ADO.NET Program Manager