This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009.
The Tuesday plan vs actual was … 100% spot on.
The installation of the Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Feature Community Technology Preview 1 on top of VS2010 Beta 1 running in Windows XP Mode (Details on the team blog) went smoothly. I now have everything I need to get stuck into Entity Framework 4 (except maybe a couple of extra days). I also was able to get VS2010 beta 1 installed into a Windows 7 “Boot from VHD” without issue. I’m horrified at how many hours I wasted on Monday down “blind alleys” after this approach failed for me first time around – all because my VS2010 install had a corrupt file.
Hence I now have VS2010 Beta 1 running in Windows XP Mode on my host Windows 7
and in a “Boot from VHD” Windows 7. This is the output from bcdedit showing my Windows 7 hosts and my “Boot from VHD” Windows 7.
Good resources to look at for “Boot from VHD” include Mikes screencast and Keiths screencast. I will almost certainly go with my “Boot from VHD” install for the Entity Framework session as it makes the IDE feel more polished and snappier. Downside is I need to install some additional bits into it – such as powerpoint :)
As for the decks. Well, the Azure one is coming together pretty well but I’m having more trouble with the Entity Framework session, primarily because I have only spent an hour with VS2010 EF 4 and there is a lot of new stuff in there. At least I know where the bulk of the rest of this week should go. For Azure I was creating some diagrams showing how it all held together – but a US colleague had already done the work which saved me a lot of time. Top chap.
None really. It was a pretty smooth day.