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    Fantasy Soccer - Part 4 - Architectural Overview

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    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...
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    Fantasy Soccer - Part 2 - an overview of the rules

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    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...
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    Roger Jennings - and his LINQ and Data feed

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    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. ...
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    Sample Oracle Provider for EF

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    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!
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    Software Development Meme

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    So thanks Danny for giving me a ping... it's been a while since I participated in one of these blog chain letters. Funny really because now I am a Program Manager, I'm not a real developer anymore ;) How old were you when you first started programming...
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    Andrew Peters joining the EF team

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    Just a short one today, but a good one. Andrew Peters is on his way to Vancouver soon to join the Entity Framework team. He will bring the Kiwi contingent to three. Sahil, Andrew and I. See what Andrew has to say about it here .
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    Symbols Models and Inhibitory Control

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    One of the things I find fascinating about US TV is the educational channels etc. Every now and then I stumble across something which sucks me in for a couple of hours. On Monday (I was sick... better now though, thanks for asking) I started watching...
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    Tip 29 – How to avoid LazyLoad or Load() reader issues

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    If you have code that looks like this: var results = from c in ctx.Customers where c.SalesPerson.EmailAddress == “…” select c; foreach(var customer in results) { Console.WriteLine(customer.Name); if (IsInteresting(customer)) { customer.Orders.Load...
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    Tip 39 – How to set overlapping Relationships – EF 4.0 only

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    Scenario: In EF 4 we have FK relationships , available for the first time in .NET 4.0 Beta 2, so it is now possible to have a model something like this: public class Division { public int DivisionID {get;set} // Primary Key public string Name {get;set;...
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    Learn about EF Pluralization Services courtesy of Dan Rigsby

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    Not long ago I wrote a ‘sneak peek’ for our new Pluralization features on the ADO.NET team blog. There is a more indepth post coming soon… But it seems the community is starting to do our education for us, and beating us (or should I say me) to the punch...
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    An enumeration of one?

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    Having something enumerable is the gateway to all LINQ’s loveliness. But sometimes you have just one object. So how do you make that enumerable? var people = new Person[] {person}; Not exactly hard huh? In fact you can simplify this even more, you can...
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    Wrapping Providers

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    For well over a year now I've been talking about how it is possible with EF to write a provider that sits between the EF and the native database provider. There are lots of reasons why you might do this. Here are some examples, you could write a: Tracing...
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    Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 1 - Intro

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    One of the the coolest things about Data Services is its provider model. Any data-source can be exposed as an OData Data Service simply by implementing a few interfaces. SharePoint 2010 implements these interfaces to expose list data, and you can too...
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    Tip 48 – How to host a Data Service in WCF

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    Every wonder if you can host an Astoria Data Service in WCF? Well turns out the answer is yes, in fact once you’ve got your references set up etc it is pretty easy. Step 1 – Setting up your project Here is what my working project looks like: In this example...
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    Tip 46 – How to exclude a property using Code-Only

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    This time a real simple one prompted by this question on StackOverflow. Problem: If you tell the Entity Framework about this class using Code-Only, by default every property becomes part of Entity, and as a result stored in the database. Usually this...
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    Interesting series of Posts exploring Code-Only

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    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...
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    OData - WCF Data Services Best Practices from TechEd

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    Yesterday I promised to share all the code from my Best Practices – Creating an OData Service using WCF Data Services session at TechED. Note: you can find a recording of that session here . So here goes, essentially this is what I did: ...
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    Tip 43 – How to authenticate against a Data Service

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    Problem: When writing code against a Data Service, like say SharePoint , the client application must provide a valid set of credentials, or you will see a dreaded “401 Unathorized” response. For Silverlight applications hosted on the same site as...
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    New EF blogger – Craig Lee

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    Short one this time. Craig Lee , a colleague of mine who works on the tools team, has just started blogging. He already has a number of posts, including an interesting one on keyboard shortcuts . Enjoy.
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    Tip 38 – How to use CodeOnly with Astoria

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    The normal way that you create an ADO.NET Data Services (aka Astoria) Service is by creating a class that derives from DataService<T>. public class BloggingService : DataService<BloggingEntities> And if you want to use Entity Framework...
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    And while you are at it… why can’t I compose REST calls?

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    In my last post I asked why you can’t compose SOA method calls efficiently. With REST services like ADO.NET Data Services having nice uniform URLs too, and a model (aka EDM) why can’t I compose those with my SOA methods too: i.e. expounding on my...
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    Tip 32 – How to create a database from SSDL – EF 4 only

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    We recently released a CTP that extends EF 4 Beta 1 which included Code Only. You can read more about Code Only here , here and here . If you look at the walkthroughs for Code Only you will see code that looks something like this: // Create a builder...
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    Why even try?

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    You know you've met a visionary when they start talking about solving problems others think are too hard. It is super easy to throw up all sort of reasons why some grand vision won't happen, here are but a few of the classic excuses: Its too...
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    LINQ… the board game

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    About a week ago I was wandering through Crossroads mall in Bellevue, and with my wife’s new camera in hand, I spotted this: Now I’m sure at least one of you have actually played this, but I’d never even heard of it. If you know me, you know I’m vertically...
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    Virtuoso – Entity Framework compatible ADO.NET provider

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    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...
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