Investments for data-centric applications and services

Investments for data-centric applications and services

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I’m really excited about a couple of great new products to help developers be more productive in their day-to-day lives: the Entity Framework Beta 3 and the ASP.NET Extensions Preview.


With today’s Beta 3 release of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, we are providing a platform for developers to use LINQ against any back end database.  Multiple database providers, including IBM, MySQL AB and Sybase, have already pledged support and are developing Entity Framework-enabled offerings.  The commitment from these other vendors shows that we are doing something that they think has merit. The Entity Framework really is a cool technology.  Instead of worrying about programming in T-SQL developers can now define things as entities (like a customer, or a location).  It saves developers a lot of time and hassle and helps keep data consistent. 


The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview, available in the coming days, is a preview of some of the new features that will be available in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions, which allows developers to build rich, interactive data-centric applications and services for the web.  The Entity Framework is included here as well, along with  ASP.NET MVC, ADO.NET Data Services, ASP.NET Dynamic Data and Increased ASP.NET AJAX functionality.


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