O’Reilly Webcast tomorrow, Jan 27, Top 10 Treats in EF4

Tomorrow at 10am PST/1pm EST, I’ll be presenting a live web cast for O’Reilly Media called the Top 10 Treats in Entity Framework 4. The web cast is one hour (including intro and questions). Short & sweet.

You can register at http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/1517.

The webcast will be recorded and available at the same link approximately one week later.

Tour the Top 10 Treats in Entity Framework 4

DateWednesday, January 27, 2010

Time 10am PT, San Francisco
6pm – London | 1pm – New York | Thu, Jan 28th at 5am – Sydney | Thu, Jan 28th at 3am – Tokyo | Thu, Jan 28th at 2am – Beijing | 10:30pm – Mumbai

Presented by: Julia Lerman

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 bring us a new version of ADO.NET Entity Framework, called Entity Framework 4. From the designer, to the APIs to entire new feature sets to support agile development, even former EF skeptics are getting excited about this version. There is a lot to see. In this one hour webcast, Julie Lerman, who is currently working on the 2nd edition of Programming Entity Framework, will highlight the ten most significant changes to the Entity Framework.

About Julia Lerman

Julia Lerman is the leading independent authority on the Entity Framework and has been using and teaching the technology since its inception two years ago. She is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at technical conferences around the world, including DevConnections and TechEd and she writes articles for many well–known technical publications.

Julia lives in Vermont where she runs the Vermont.NET User Group, was a founding board member of the Vermont Software Developers Alliance, and is a member of the Champlain College Software Engineering Advisory Board. You can read her blog at www.thedatafarm.com/blog.

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5 thoughts on “O’Reilly Webcast tomorrow, Jan 27, Top 10 Treats in EF4

  1. Julie,

    I can’t believe I missed this. Question… Do you know if in the final release ef will have the ability to generate the SQL only to upgrade your db rather than recreating the entire database and trashing all the data in it? Ie generate upgrade scripts for data migration. Database versioning would be a great addition as well. (I’m talking from always working from the model rather than the db)


  2. Hi Eric

    I no of no plans to add any type of version capabilities to the model-first capability. That doesn’t mean we won’t get a surprise. You might want to ask someone on the team who might at least be able to say "sorry but no" or even "maybe, we’ll see…".

    (Leave a comment on their blog and if you get a reply – let me know!)

  3. Hey Eric, thats actually part of the schema compare features of the database project and tooling in VS 2010 Ultimate(?); could be in Professional or whatever the 2nd tier is.

    Assuming you already have an existing database and need to migrate the workflow we used for a proof of concept technique was:

    1. Generate SQL from Model Designer

    2. Create a new blank DB.

    3. Execute your new SQL Create statements from EF on the blank DB.

    4. Create a new DB project in VS 2010

    5. Import a schema from your new, blank db.

    6. Use the schema compare tool, point it at your new blank db and your existing db.

    7. Blammo, a migration script will be created that preserves existing data and updates your schema.

    Seems like a lot of work but only takes < 1 minute to do all of this.

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