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Last month we announced the RTW of Entity Framework 4.1 (Magic Unicorn Edition). As we worked on the EF 4.1 release we had a series of Community Technology Previews (CTPs) and it was great to have consistent feedback coming in from you all. So, with EF 4.1 released we thought it was time to get some more pre-release stuff in your hands…
Today we are releasing a preview of some Power Tools for EF 4.1 that integrate with Visual Studio. This first preview of the EF Power Tools is focused on providing design-time tools for Code First development.
EF Power Tools CTP1 is available on the Visual Studio Gallery
You can also install the power tools directly from Visual Studio by selecting ‘Tools –> Extension Manager…’ then searching for “Entity Framework Power Tools” in the Online Gallery.
This release is a preview of features that we are considering for a future release and is designed to allow you to provide feedback on the design of these features. EF Power Tools CTP1 is not intended or licensed for use in production. If you have questions please use the “Q & A” tab on the Entity Framework Power Tools Visual Studio Gallery page.
EF Power Tools CTP1 is focused on Code First development and adds some options to context menus in Visual Studio:
Our team is working on many new features including the ones mentioned above. This power tools preview is just one of a series of previews we have planned as we work on the next release. Rest assured, we appreciate that these are very important features and we will be reaching out for your feedback on them.
Andrew Peters & Rowan Miller ADO.NET Entity Framework