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We are excited to announce the availability of the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP. This release includes many frequently requested features for both the Entity Framework and the Entity Framework Designer within Visual Studio.
What’s in Entity Framework June 2011 CTP?
The Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP introduces both new runtime and design-time features. Here are some of the new runtime features:
Getting the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP
The Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP is available on the Microsoft Download Center and there are three separate installers. You will need to have Visual Studio 2010 SP1 to install and use the new Entity Designer. All three installers are available here and should be installed in the following order:
There are a number of resources to help you get started with this CTP.
Targeting the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP Runtime
The easiest way to use the CTP is to set your project’s target framework to Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP. This target framework allows use of the CTP versions of the Entity Framework assemblies in addition to the standard .NET 4.0 RTM assemblies.
To re-target a VB.NET project:
For assistance in using the new design-time and runtime features please refer to the following walkthroughs:
The Entity Framework Pre-Release Forum can be used for questions relating to this release.
We recommend installing the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP in a non-production environment to avoid any risk associated with installing and uninstalling pre-release software. If the CTP is uninstalled, existing functionality installed with Visual Studio 2010 (such as the Entity Designer) may no longer be available. To restore the features that were removed, complete the following steps:
What’s Not in the Entity Framework June 2011 CTP?
There are a number of commonly requested features that did not make it into this CTP of the Entity Framework. We appreciate that these are really important to you and our team has started work on a number of them already. We will be reaching out for your feedback on these features soon:
It is important for us to hear about your experience using the Entity Framework and we appreciate any and all feedback you have regarding this CTP or other aspects of the Entity Framework. We thank you for giving us your valuable input and look forward to working together on this release. ADO.NET Entity Framework Team