This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009.
Nearly got it all done. However I ended up spending more time on EF4 than I had planned as … there is a lot of it!
One of the first things I did was gather up a “gazillion” links on Entity Framework 4.0 features - Entity Framework 4.0 Resources – documentation links, best blog posts and more. Useful for me and hopefully for others.
Next came the bit where I played with EF 4. Whilst it is still early days, I am loving it. If we had hit this bar for version 1.0, Entity Framework would have been accepted (by most) with open arms (Rather than have the Marmite Effect). Alas… we didn’t.
I did identify/confirm which features were architecturally impactful (which is the focus of my talk) and which were simply nice features.
I also discovered that LINQPad (which is frankly awesome) has a Beta version to work with VS2010 Beta 1 assemblies. I only did a small play but everything seemed fine, at least for what I will be using it for. I also spotted this post on using LINQPad with Azure which I might try if I get time.
The EF 4 deck is also looking much better. I need to add some diagrams and screen pics buts overall it is pretty close on flow and content.
Finally, I surprised myself by sticking with Windows XP Mode for VS2010 (and for LINQPad). It just was a bit more convenient to stay with my host Windows 7 given some work stuff I also had to do.
Two blue screens! Yep… two blue screens! No idea why. Both times they came shortly after undocking the notebook.
But I have a suspicion some work stuff is about to get in the way :-(