Second Stanza

August 13, 2008

ADO.NET Entity Framework Released

Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 has been released, and with it the official release of the ADO.NET Entity Framework. This, of course, is Microsoft’s tool that allows developers to automatically build the mapping between business objects and the relational database (and other) models where the object’s data is actually stored.

Controversy has arisen from a petition condemning the framework that was signed by a number of developers. Tim Mallalieu has a good post summarizing the arguments.

I tend to think the petition is over-the-top, especially for a 1.0 solution. Ward Bell provides some temperance.

Here’s a good, succinct post about why you might use the ADO.NET Entity Framework instead of other solutions. This webcast provides a good overview of the features and benefits of the framework.

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