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  • Blog Post: Interesting series of Posts exploring Code-Only

    Daniel Wertheim left a couple of comments on Tip 42 , that point to a series of posts he has written about using Code-Only to write clean code. The series is really interesting as he delves into topics like: facades, relationships between non-public properties, integrating pluralization, using structure...
  • Blog Post: Alt.NET Seattle

    I went to Alt.NET Seattle on the weekend. Being from the Entity Framework team, I was a little nervous about how I'd be received. Well I definitely shouldn't have worried... everyone was very civil. In the broader sense I wasn't sure what to expect either, because while I've been to CodeCamps,...
  • Blog Post: Tip 1 - How to sort Relationships in Entity Framework

    Question: One of the questions you often see in the Entity Framework Forums is around sorting related items. For example imagine if you want to query customers, and return only those that have accounts more than 30 days in arrears, and at the same time retrieve their orders. And you need those...
  • Blog Post: Virtuoso – Entity Framework compatible ADO.NET provider

    Now this is worth a mention. Kingsley has produced a ADO.NET provider for their virtuoso product which is Entity Framework compatible. Which means in theory access to SQL, XML and RDF data via the Entity Framework. It also supports a raft of third party databases, like Oracle, Informix, Progress etc...
  • Blog Post: Opinionated Software and the Paradox of Choice

    In my last post I briefly mentioned the Paradox of Choice . The alert amongst you will have noticed a lot of unapologetic talk about Opinionated Software recently out in the blogosphere. Anyway it got me wondering whether the two are in some way related. If people don't really like a choice, especially...
  • Blog Post: Sample Oracle Provider for EF

    Jarek has released his sample provider for Oracle here . In his post he talks about a few of the more notable challenges he had and how he got around them. If you are writing an EF provider this is gold!
  • Blog Post: Roger Jennings - and his LINQ and Data feed

    Just in case some of you don't know, I thought I should point out Roger's Blog . I refer to Roger's blog at least once a day to keep up to date with what is happening in the LINQ, Data Programmability, Entity Framework and Data Services worlds. Its a great resource.
  • Blog Post: Fantasy Soccer - Part 4 - Architectural Overview

    Okay this Fantasy Soccer thing has got me thinking. What is this thing going to look like from about 100,000 feet? I.e. what are the big bits? Well being a pure geek, I really want to play with new shiny stuff (i.e. the new ASP.NET MVC Framework ) but that has to be balanced against a desire to be real...
  • Blog Post: Lazy-loading and the Entity Framework

    Most of you probably know that the Entity Framework architects made a very conscious decision to make all trips to the database explicit. The result is that this: Person mother = person.Mother; will return null, even if the person has a Mother, unless you either eager load (using Include) or explicitly...
  • Blog Post: Fantasy Soccer - part 3 - Unit of Measure

    Today I spent a bit of time working on the data model for my fantasy soccer application. I don't want to talk about the actual model today though, because I'm not really ready. What I want to do is talk about a problem that occurred to me, namely Unit Of Measure. Any real sport fan knows you...
  • Blog Post: Fantasy Soccer - Part 2 - an overview of the rules

    Yes, yes I know the real name of Soccer is Football , but I don't want there to be any confusion for any Americans, Australians or New Zealanders who might be reading this ;) So what are the basic rules of Fantasy Soccer? The Basic idea is that you get some fantasy money, lets say $100,000,000...
  • Blog Post: Real world App - Part 1 - Choosing an Application

    Okay so it has been a while since I posted my Statement of Intent . Time to get on with things. The main problem has been trying to come up with a good application. I gave myself three key requirements: Well suited to the web. Ability to grow uncontrollably in scope: so as to include hooks...
  • Blog Post: Statement of Intent

    This blog has been a little quiet for a while now. With good reason though. I've been doing the hard yards answering questions on the Entity Framework forum . To do so I had to ask literally hundreds of questions of the rest of the Entity Framework team. Guys like Colin must be completely sick of me...
  • Blog Post: Colin Meek talks about his EF Extensions

    Colin is a super smart colleague of mine, who works as a developer on the Entity Framework. So it is great to see him start a blog . His first post is super cool, because he discusses a set of extensions he put together that get around some of mapping limitations of the Entity Framework. He...
  • Blog Post: Julie Lerman talks to DotNetRocks about the Entity Framework

    So if you don't already know Julie is a hugely respected member of the EF community. She does mentoring and heaps of training and presentations about the EF, so she knows what she is talking about. Anyway I just finished listening to her interview with Carl and Richard of DotNetRocks fame. Good...
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