ADO.NET vNext and Entity Framework Resources

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This page is a permanent version of the ADO.NET vNext and Entity Framework Resources post of August 26, 2006 on the blog.

This page contains links to resources for .NET developers who are interested in exploring ADO.NET vNext for Visual Studio vNext ("Orcas"). The link topics are the Entity Framework (EF), Entity Data Model (EDM), Entity SQL (eSQL), LINQ to Entities, LINQ to SQL (formerly DLinq), LINQ to DataSets, LINQ to XML (formerly XLinq), LINQ to Objects, and EF's predecessor, ObjectSpaces. The last two sections of this post are devoted to Object/Relational Mapping (O/RM) in general and Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs).

Note: This item is updated and republished periodically. 9/2/2006: Added ADO.NET vNext related papers and presentations by Microsoft Research's Sergey Melnik and Phil Bernstein, who are members of the Database Group and direct the Model Management Program. 9/5/2006: Added links to Eric Meijer's VB 9.0 OOPSLA 2006 presentation and Scott Guthrie's Tech•Ed 2006 Australia and New Zealand LINQ session, plus Sahil Malik's blog.

ADO.NET vNext and LINQ CTP Downloads

Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” Language-Integrated Query, May 2006 Community Technology Preview installer (LINQ Preview (May 2006).msi, 5/10/2006, required to install ADO.NET vNext CTP)

Use the Add/Remove Programs tool to remove previous versions (PDC 2005 or January 2006) of the LINQ CTP and review the C# Readme, VB Readme, or both before downloading and installing the LINQ May 2006 CTP (5/10/2006)

ADO.NET vNext CTP (Community Technology Preview) - August 2006 installer (ADONETVN.msi, 8/17/2006, requires LINQ May 2006 CTP, Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition or higher, Visual Basic 2005 Express, or Visual C# 2005 Express; Visual Web Developer 2005 Express isn't supported.)

Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Projects add-in (WindowsApplicationProjectSetup.msi, 1.2MB) is required to run the WebForm's Visual Basic version that includes a WebAppSample.vbproj file.

White Papers and Backgrounders

Next-Generation Data Access: Making the Conceptual Level Real by José Blakeley, David Campbell, Jim Gray, S. Muralidhar, and Anil Nori (June 2006, HTML)

The ADO.NET Entity Framework Overview (June 2006, HTML)

ADO.NET Tech Preview: Entity Data Model (June 2006, HTML)

eSQL: An Entity SQL Language, ADO.NET Technical Preview (promised by the "Overview")

Entity SQL Quick Reference Guide (June 2006, a Word DOC in your C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\ADO.NET vNext CTP\Docs folder after installing the CTP)

Mapping-Driven Data Access, a position paper by Sergey Melnik about declarative mapping, bidirectional views, and view maintenance in the ADO.NET Entity Framework (8/23/06 draft, see also the Reusable Tools for Metadata Management - Pie in the Sky? presentation in the next section).

There Is No Impedance Mismatch: Language Integrated Query In Visual Basic 9, a brief paper to be presented by Microsoft Research's Eric Meijer at the ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA 2006), October 22-26, Portland, Oregon. Queries in ADO.NET vNext, a detailed ADO.NET Team Blog post by S. Muralidhar, a.k.a, Murali (August 21, 2006)

LINQ to DataSet for C# Developers (May 2006, Word DOC)

LINQ to DataSet for Visual Basic Developers (May 2006, Word DOC)

DLinq Overview for C# Developers (May 2006, Word DOC)

DLinq Overview for Visual Basic Developers (May 2006, Word DOC)

DLinq Designer (May 2006, Word DOC). See also the Domain-Specific [Programming] Languages (DSL) section at the end of this post.

XLinq Overview (May 2006, Word DOC)

XML Support In Visual Basic by Erik Meijer and Brian Beckman (January 2006, PDF)

Getting Started with ObjectSpaces by Jan Teilens for MSDN Belgium/Luxembourg (February 2004, HTML)

Videos, Screencasts, Podcasts, and PowerPoint Presentations

ADO.NET Entity Framework: What. How. Why. Channel9 video with Pablo Castro, Michael Rizzo, and Britt Johnston (July 19, 2006)

Two ADO.NET vNext screencasts (C#): Part 1 and Part 2 (July 11, 2006)

Slides from Reusable Tools for Metadata Management - Pie in the Sky, by Sergey Melnik, Microsoft Research, a keynote presentation about EDM in ADO.NET vNext and mapping-driven data access to the 18th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM 2006, July 3 - 5, 2006, Vienna University, Austria.

Slides and ASP.NET/LINQ to Everything sample code from Scott Guthrie's Building Data Driven ASP.NET Web Applications using LINQ presentation at Tech•Ed 2006 Australia and New Zealand.

InfoWorld analyst Jon Udell interviews Anders Hejlsberg about the LINQ and the May 2006 CTP (May 12, 2006)

Slides from Jim Gray's Database Activities and Trends Tech*Ed London 2006 presentation, which refers to Entity Sets as the "next step for DataSets in ADO.NET v3", and describes LINQ for SQL and LINQ for XML as "a BIG deal" (June 2, 2006)

Note: The following two Jim Gray papers don't relate directly to ADO.NET vNext or LINQ, but are the foundation for much of the preceding Tech*Ed 2006 presentation.

Jim Gray’s What’s Next for Database presentation to the SQL PASS 2005 Community Summit (September 2005, video). Related paper by David Campbell, Service Oriented Database Architecture: App Server-Lite? (ACM SIGMOD, June 2005, PDF).

Slides from Jim Gray's The Revolution in Database System Architecture presentation from Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS, March 2004), Budapest; Extended abstract, The Revolution in Database Architecture (ACM SIGMOD, September 2004, PDF).

Slides from Meta Data Management by Sergey Melnik and Phil Bernstein of Microsoft Research's Model Management Project, presented at the 20th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2004, March 30 - April 2, 2004). Phil Bernstein formerly was the architect of Microsoft Metadata Services.

Luca Bolognese’s seminal Developing Applications Using ADO.Net ObjectSpaces presentation to the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, PDC 2003 (October, 2003)

Microsoft ADO.NET vNext and LINQ-Related Sites and Blogs

The LINQ Project (main MSDN LINQ site)

New ADO.NET blog (emphasizes ADO.NET vNext)

Danny Simmons: dev guy (EF Object Services layer)

XML Team (covers LINQ to XML)

Data Programmability Team (general data topics)

Dinesh Kulkarni (LINQ to SQL)

Scott Guthrie (ASP.NET and LINQ)

Matt Warren (occasional posts about LINQ)

Dave Remy (formerly XLinq program manager and XML group program manager)

Andrew Conrad (posts about ObjectSpaces)

Soma Somasegar: LINQ and ADO.NET Innovations (LINQ naming conventions) and May LINQ CTP available now! (description of latest LINQ CTP)

Articles about ADO.NET vNext and LINQ from FTPOnline

Objectify Data with ADO.NET vNext by Roger Jennings for Visual Studio Magazine with the August 2006 CTP (Coming soon in the October 2006 issue)

Generate Data-Based Web Sites With Blinq by Roger Jennings about an autogenerated ASP.NET Web site scaffolded with LINQ for SQL from the May 2006 CTP (June 26, 2006)

LINQ Takes Shape in May CTP by Roger Jennings about the May 2006 CTP from FTPOnline's Special Report on .NET (May 15, 2006)

Save Time With LINQ Queries by Bill Wagner, based on the January 2006 CTP, from FTPOnline's Special Report on SQL Server (May 1, 2006)

Test Drive VB9 and DLinq by Roger Jennings about the January 2006 CTP from Visual Studio Magazine (March 27, 2006)

Streamline Mapping With Orcas and LINQ by Roger Jennings about object-relational mapping (ORM) with the PDC 2005 version of LINQ from Visual Studio Magazine (November 7, 2005)

Microsoft Unveils .NET Data Futures at PDC 2001 by Roger Jennings about the first ObjectSpaces "Orca" Technical Preview (December 2001)

Note: Reading more than page 1 of the preceding articles requires free registration.

Microsoft Newsgroups for ADO.NET vNext and LINQ

ADO.NET Technology Preview Forum

LINQ Project General Forum

OakLeaf Blog Entries about ADO.NET vNet, LINQ, and ObjectSpaces

Search Google for OakLeaf items about ADO.NET vNext, DLinq or LINQ to SQL, XLinq or LINQ to XML, and ObjectSpaces (Blogger search doesn't display items earlier than March 2006; these Google searches return all items.)

Other Third-Party ADO.NET vNext and LINQ Blogs

Andres Aguiar: Andres Aguiar's Weblog

Peter Gielens: ThoughtsService

Kevin Hoffman: The .NET Addict's Blog

Sahil Malik: Blog

Fabrice Marguery: Fabrice's Weblog and The Mad Geek (articles in English and French.)

Erwyn Van Der Meer: Blogging About Dot Net

Jim Wooley: Wooley' Wanderings

Note: Listed alphabetical by last name.

More coming soon.

Object/Relational Mapping (O/RM) Resources

How-To-Select an Object-Relational Mapping Tool for .NET by Jason Mauss reviews 36 proprietary and open-source O/RM tools

More coming soon.

Domain-Specific [Programming] Languages (DSLs)

Domain-Specific Programming Languages definition (Wikipedia)

Visual Studio 2005 Domain-Specific Language Tools site

Stuart Kent: Domain-Specific Software Development blog

Steve Cook: Steve Cook's Weblog (Microsoft DSL Tools team)

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