Entity Framework 5.0: What's New

with Don Kiely

In this course we’ll start out by taking a look at the high-level view of this release, looking at what versions of .NET and Visual Studio it supports, and migrating Entity Framework 4 applications. There’s a bit of a trick to doing a migration, but once you know it the process is pretty easy. Then you’ll learn about the most highly-anticipated feature in this release, its support for ENUMS. Next I’ll look at the new support for SQL Server’s spatial data types, as well as support for table-valued functions. The model designer has gotten a lot of love from Microsoft in this release, with the ability to use custom colors for entities and, my favorite, creating multiple diagrams for a single model. We’ll wrap up the course with a look at the performance enhancements provided by Entity Framework 5.

Course Outline