Today we announced the release of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services in the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

With this release, many database providers have pledged support for the Entity Framework. To date, 12 provider writers are developing an Entity Framework-enabled version of their offerings that are scheduled to be made publicly available in the coming months.

"DataDirect Technologies is delighted to see the ADO.NET Entity Framework RTM," said John Goodson, vice president and general manager of DataDirect Technologies.  "We are firmly committed to the ADO.NET Entity Framework and look forward to offering Oracle connectivity in the near future."

Providers Planning Publicly Available Versions in 2008 (Q3 & Q4 CY2008)

  • Devart (formerly Core Lab) - Providing connectivity to Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite databases
  • Firebird - Providing connectivity to Firebird databases
  • IBM - Providing connectivity to both IBM DB2 data server and Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) database
  • Npgsql - Providing connectivity to PostgreSQL database versions 7.3+ and 8.x
  • OpenLink Software - Providing connectivity to OpenLink Virtuoso, Oracle, Informix, Ingres, Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, Progress and Microsoft SQL Server databases, and any data source accessible via OpenLink ODBC or JDBC bridge drivers
  • Phoenix Software Solutions - Providing connectivity to SQLite databases
  • Sun Microsystems - Providing connectivity to MySQL databases
  • Sybase - Providing connectivity to SQL Anywhere databases
  • VistaDB Software - Providing connectivity to VistaDB database

Providers Planning Publicly Available Versions in Early 2009 (Q1 CY2009)

  • Synergex - Providing connectivity to Synergy/DE databases

Providers Committed to Supporting the Entity Framework

  • DataDirect Technologies - Providing connectivity to multiple data stores including Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server and DB2 via DataDirect Connect® for ADO.NET