You might recall last year's introduction of the
ADO.NET Entity Framework and the Channel 9 discussion of this new managed data framework with Technical Lead Pablo Castro, Product Unit Manager Britt Johnston, and Principal Architect Michael Pizzo.
The ADO.NET team just released Beta 2 of the Entity Framework so I went to have a somewhat quick chat with Pablo, Britt and Michael to learn first hand about what they've been up to for the last year as it relates to the evolution of the Entity Framework. Well, they've come a long way from last year and the Entity Framework is almost done (it's in beta 2, after all) with LINQ support (of course...), Astoria (incredibly cool - it's basically a service layer over the Entity Framework for client programming using script or simply properly contstructed URLs).
So, what's new, exactly? What were some of the challenges in getting to Beta 2? What are the most profound changes to the Entity Framework since last year's conversation? What's the future of the Entity Framework? Are developers jazzed about the Entity Framework?
Tune in. There's some great work going on in Data World these days. Apparently, the coffee in Building 35 contains special innovation enzymes.