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Entity Designer included in the sp1 for Visual Studio 2008.

Posted on: August 12, 2008

Today Microsoft announced  SP1 for Visual Studio 2008.

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 delivers:

  • Improved WPF designers
  • SQL Server 2008 support
  • ADO.NET Entity Designer
  • Visual Basic and Visual C++ components and tools (including an MFC-based Office 2007 style ‘Ribbon’)
  • Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server (TFS) addresses customer feedback on version control usability and performance, email integration with work item tracking and full support for hosting on SQL Server 2008
  • Richer JavaScript support, enhanced AJAX and data tools, and Web site deployment improvements

Let me comment a little more on the long anticipated and celebrated entity designer. This implementation  Microsoft engineers have delivered is not close to any entity designer software I have used in the past and additionallly,  generates ugly code when the reverse engineering functionality is implemented. I could not understand why someone that is an entity (aka OOP) oriented developer would go with VS Entity designer solution and not choose saying NHibernate and the reverse engineering script with the addition of a well documented reveng.xml!

We will wait and see the addotption of the vb originate community that is more or less reluctant with all these oop considerations .net has introduces that rely far away from the class component model of vb!

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