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  • Blog Post: Two FREE events: Silverlight FireStarter and using Bing with SQL Server 2008 December 2nd

    I’m on holiday the 2nd of December (Its our 21st anniversary which is mind bogglingly aweseome ) so I had been rather ignoring what was going on workwise on the 2nd. My mistake as we have two cool learning opportunities. First up we have the Silverlight Firestarter . This is a free one day global, live...
  • Blog Post: TRAINING: “Hardcore Entity Framework” in London with Julie Lerman, 22nd October

    Entity Framework 4.0 (EF4) it the strategic .NET ORM from Microsoft. Hmm…. the “strategic” word. I will come back to that. However the important bit of news is we have Julie Lerman at Microsoft in London on the 22nd October devoting a full day to training on “Hard Core Entity Framework 4”. It’s a rare...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Lazy Loading

    [This is the fifth in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Entity Framework v1 did not support a commonly implemented ORM feature called Lazy Loading . Entity Framework...
  • Blog Post: QandA: Is the ADO.NET Entity Data Model designer fixed in .NET 4?

    [I haven’t done QandAs for a long while – very remiss of me.] Anyway, I have been asked this one so many times lately that I felt a more public answer was needed. The short answer is: Mostly. Certainly it is good enough to get work done. The longer answer is below… History In the first version of Entity...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Complex Types and Entities

    [This is the fourth in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Complex Types make it easier to work with objects, allowing the grouping of related properties in Entities and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure and Entity Framework sessions from PDC 2009

    Two areas I am looking at right now are SQL Azure and Entity Framework 4. PDC had plenty of content on both these areas. Just need to find the time to watch some of it! I have added direct links to the standard definition WMV and the PPTs to download (which is what I am doing right now). SQL Azure SQL...
  • Blog Post: T4 Templates and the answer to life, the universe and everything

    [This is the third in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Entity Framework 4 relies significantly on the Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4) to generate code from...
  • Blog Post: Tangible T4 Editor – a life saver

    I have been working with T4 (Text Template Transformation Toolkit) lately thanks to the Entity Framework team moving their code generation model over to T4 in Visual Studio 2010. However by default Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 do not include syntax highlighting or intellisense support for T4 files, which...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 - Templated Code Generation

    [This is the second in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Code generation from the Entity Data Model (EDM) has changed significantly in version 4 of the Entity Framework...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure slides and links from EdgeUG session

    A big thanks to all those who attended last night to hear about SQL Azure and SQL Server 2008 R2. I really enjoyed it and once again “Merry Christmas”! Links http://bit.ly/startazure   takes you to the getting started page for SQL Azure (and Windows Azure) Download SQL Server Management Studio R2...
  • Blog Post: Using SQL Server Management Studio R2 with SQL Azure

    As I mentioned earlier this week , we now have a CTP release of a version of SSMS that is SQL Azure aware. I thought it might be useful to share my first few minutes with it. First up, I cleared out my SQL Azure account using the portal (dropped all my databases). And I made sure the firewall setting...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Simple Model First Example

    This is the first in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009). When adding an Entity Data Model to a project you are given the option to: Generate the Model from an existing...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Management Studio now supports SQL Azure

    I have had a bit of a “SQL Azure” day at TechEd Europe. I sat through David Robinsons excellent intro to SQL Azure development (smooth, on time, great Q&A), caught up with David afterwards to exchange stories on SQL Azure and find out what I will be missing at PDC next week and then grabbed the chance...
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe – standing room only

    On Monday at 9am (9th Nov 2009) I presented a session on Entity Framework 4 to several hundred attendees at TechEd in Berlin ( DEV305 ). I have presented EF to developers many times before but this was the first time I had shown the new EF 4 in any detail. I was really interested in the questions and...
  • Blog Post: Summary of the Entity Framework 4 changes introduced with Beta 2 and CTP 2

    I thought it would be useful (at least to me!) to summarise the new stuff in Entity Framework 4 given it actually comes in 2 parts . The list is a simplified and categorised version of this and this . General Foreign Keys now added: EF 4 now includes a new type of associations (Foreign Key Associations...
  • Blog Post: The relationship between Entity Framework 4 betas and ctps explained

    There seems to be enough confusion about the betas and ctps of Entity Framework 4 to warrant a brief post. Hopefully this should clear things up nicely. Put simply: Most of Entity Framework 4 (EF4) will ship with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 (.NET4/VS2010), however not all of it will . Most...
  • Blog Post: The Plan B is all my DEV305 Entity Framework 4 demos as slideware

    Next week I will be presenting Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe . At least that is what I hope to do. However my Lenovo T61P seems to have some other plans. A year back the screen packed in. The nice IBM man replaced it. All was well. Last week the screen packed in again. The nice IBM man replaced...
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework 4 Session DEV305 at TechEd Europe 2009 – what to expect

    Next Monday (9th Nov 2009) at 9am I will be delivering an overview of the new stuff in Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe .  The session is DEV305 and the description reads: ADO.NET Entity Framework in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (catchy?) This presentation offers...
  • Blog Post: Midnight and the Azure and Entity Framework decks are now final and available for download

    You might have been following this series of posts on my preparation for Software Architect 2009. Well, this evening while sitting in a small hotel room in London (with no window and a dodgy tv) I completed both presentations and made them available for download on Slideshare. You can find them both...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – the last day retrospective

    This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day five (The last day): Play, play, play with the technology.  PART DONE Produce outline skeleton demo sequence for both sessions PART DONE Produce a backup VM ...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day four and the slides are done

    This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day four (Thursday): Produce final drafts of each deck and post them so delegates can check out what I’m covering. DONE (link below) Play, play, play with the technology...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day three was Entity Framework 4 day. I love it!

    This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day three: 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! Gather up good posts and samples for EF 4 (will likely...
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework 4.0 Resources – documentation links, best blog posts and more

    This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. [Last updated 23rd Sept 2009] This is my attempt to pull together all (ok – most) of the improvements in Entity Framework 4.0 and aggregate useful resources against each. It is very much work...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day two and my love for Boot from VHD

    This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day two: The Tuesday plan vs actual was … 100% spot on. Install Entity Framework CTP on Windows XP Mode. SUCCESS Install VS2010 into a Boot from HD Windows 7 VHD...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day one summary and the eureka moment

    This is the second in a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. In case you don’t want to skim through the whole post, the main things I learnt in day one are: 1. Never forget that install errors can be caused by something as simple as a corrupt file...
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