• Entity Framework Design

    Computed Properties One Pager

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    UPDATE: this blog post is out of date. Please review this instead. If you've been paying attention to what the Entity Framework team has been saying. You will remember hearing us talk about using the Entity Data Model (EDM) as a common way of describing...
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    Announcing the release of Entity Framework 4

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    The first release of Entity Framework shipped in .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008. Since then, we have been focused on incorporating your feedback and enabling the scenarios that you wanted us to work on. The feedback we have received through...
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    Table-Valued Function Support

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    One of the key features coming in the next release of Entity Framework is Table-Valued Function support. It is a very popular customer request and we have been working diligently to design a solution that we hope you find simple, yet useful. This design...
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    Transparent Caching Support in the Entity Framework

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    The Entity Framework's provider model makes it possible for it to work over different database's. The idea being that someone, either the database vendor or a third party, can write a provider that allows the Entity Framework to work with that database...
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    EDM and Store functions exposed in LINQ

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    In this post Colin Meek and Diego Vega delve into some enhancements we are planning for LINQ to Entities, anyway over to them... Entity Framework v1 customers preferring to write their queries using LINQ often hit a limitation on the range of functions...
  • Entity Framework Design

    Pluralization

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    Unfortunately in the current version of the Entity Framework, which ships in .NET 3.5 SP1, we don't make any attempt to Singularize or Pluralize names when reverse engineering a model from the database. So if, for example, your database has a table...
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    Spatial Types in the Entity Designer

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    One of the highly-anticipated features coming in the next version of Entity Framework is Spatial support. We’d like to give you a look at the experience of developing with Spatial types in the Entity Designer. If you haven’t already, take...
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    Initial POCO Design Screencast

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    Two guys on the team knocked out this quick screencast of some of the prototype work we've been doing around POCO an the State Manager. It's not a long or in depth screencast, but we're hoping to inspire some additional feedback. If you prefer to download...
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    LINQ to SQL to Entity Framework conversion template

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    Many customers have asked us how to port a LINQ to SQL application to the Entity Framework. In order to make this process easier, we have developed a metadata conversion template. This template converts LINQ to SQL metadata (.dbml) to metadata compatible...
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    Update on Computed Properties

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    A while back I wrote a post that introduced the concept of Computed Properties . Since that time we’ve had a number of conversations with both customers and internal partners and we’ve had some new ideas, that have changed our thinking somewhat. ...
  • Entity Framework Design

    Using Stored Procedures to load structured data.

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    V1 of the Entity Framework allows you to use stored procedures in two main ways: Mapping Create, Update and Delete entity operations to appropriate stored procedures. Doing a FunctionImport that allows you to return an enumeration of Entities...
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    Extending the Entity Framework Provider Model to support DDL

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    As part of the first previews of Code-Only we shared some code to create a database: // Create a context using code-only using (var mycontext = builder.Create(dbConnection)) {     // Create the database if it doesn’t already exist    ...
  • Entity Framework Design

    Structural Annotations - One Pager

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    In V1 of the Entity Framework it is possible to annotate a schema using attributes declared in another XSD. However XML attributes are a very limited form of annotation. It would be better if we could annotate using full elements. This is what we...
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    Entity Framework Design Blog Retired

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    Over the last year we’ve seen a marked increase in traffic on the ADO.NET blog , which has encouraged us to use it for all our announcements and discussions. Today we are officially retiring the Entity Framework Design Blog, although we remain committed...
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