Posted in .Net Basics, ADO.Net, C# 4.0, Microsoft

Entity Framework 5 is released

Microsoft has just release a latest version of Entity Framework, version 5. EF5 is available as the Entity Framework NuGet package and is also included in Visual Studio 2012.

below is the some useful information from ADO.Net Blog

What’s New in EF5

EF 5 includes a number of new features and bug fixes to the EF4.3 release. Most of the new features are only available in applications targeting .NET 4.5, see the Compatibility section for more details.

  • Enum support allows you to have enum properties in your entity classes.
  • Spatial data types can now be exposed in your model using the DbGeography and DbGeometry types.
  • The Performance enhancements that we recently blogged about.
  • Code First will now detect if you have LocalDb or SQL Express available for creating new databases. Visual Studio 2012 includes LocalDb, whereas Visual Studio 2010 includes SQL Express.
  • Code First will add tables to existing database if the target database doesn’t contain any of the tables from the model.

The EF Designer in Visual Studio 2012 also has some new features:

  • DbContext code generation for new models means that any new models created using the EF Designer will generate a derived DbContext and POCO classes by default. You can always revert to ObjectContext code generation if needed. Existing models will not automatically change to DbContext code generation.
  • Multiple-diagrams per model allows you to have several diagrams that visualize subsections of your overall model. Shapes on the design surface can also have coloring applied.
  • Table-Valued functions in an existing database can now be added to your model.
  • Batch import of stored procedures allows multiple stored procedures to be added to the model during model creation.

Get Started @ msdn.com/data/ef

The updated EF MSDN site includes a bunch of walkthroughs and videos to get you started with Entity Framework, including the new features in EF5.

What Changed Since the Release Candidate

You can see a list of bugs that we fixed since the EF5 RC on the EF CodePlex site.

The most notable change since RC is that new models created using the EF Designer in Visual Studio 2012 will now generate a derived DbContext and POCO classes by default. You can always revert to ObjectContext code generation if needed.

Compatibility

This version of the NuGet package is fully compatible with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012 and can be used for applications targeting .NET 4.0 and 4.5.

Some features are only available when writing an application that targets .NET 4.5. This includes enum support, spatial data types, table-valued functions and the performance improvements.

Need Help

Head to the EF MSDN site to find out how to get help with Entity Framework.

Thank you Entity Framework Team for this update..

 

 

Posted in .Net Basics, Microsoft

Microsoft launced Outlook.com – Future of Hotmail

Microsoft has introduced Outlook.com as a new email services which will replace old Hotmail !!

With Hotmail no longer the ‘hottest’ email service in the town, Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new web mail service, to take on Google’s extremely popular Gmail. The new email service comes with “virtually unlimited” storage and integrates Skype, the popular video chat service that Microsoft bought last year.

Like other email services, Outlook.com too will serve advertisements to their users. Though Microsoft is saying there would not be display advertisements based on email content. They will not scan content of email of attachments. Hope for the add free interface.

Outlook is the name of the native email client that Microsoft has bundled with Office suit for years. Microsoft claims that Outlook is world’s most used desktop email client.

All current users of Hotmail can log in to Outlook.com using their existing Ids, not sure though for how long Hotmail would be available.

Outlook.com has been designed using Microsoft’s Metro users interface. “The fresh, clean user interface gets the clutter out of a user’s way. It looks very neat and clean.

Meet Outlook.com Preview here.

All the existing users of Hotmail enjoy the new interface.. I would post some more details after exploring this.

Posted in Life

Google Fiber for A different kind of Internet

Google, world leader in search engine now turned into a TV and internet service provider.

“Google Fiber starts at a speed 100 times faster than most Americans have today,” Milo Medin, vice president of access services at Google, said at the Fiber event today in Kansas City.

According to Google, the connection will run at 1,000Mb per second — much faster than Verizon’s 300Mb-per-second FIOS service, which is also fiber based. Fiber-optic connections provide much faster speeds than DSL and cable.

The faster Internet connection will enable faster web surfing, video streaming, and uploading; downloading a movie will take just a few minutes. Google’s Network Box, a box it will provide to customers, will serve as a hub for the service in houses, but it will also require special installation to get the hook-up. The box is also a Wi-Fi router and has four Ethernet ports

For more details visit official website of Google Fiber.

Posted in .Net Basics, C# 4.0

Memory management in Microsoft dotnet (.Net)

Hello everyone,
Today I came across a good resource on memory management in Microsoft .Net, so I would like to share this with all..

on website of Red-gate I found some videos, click here to see them.