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Devart Presents New Version of Entity Developer with ENUM Support and Other Numerous Enhancements

September 06, 2011

Devart is delighted to introduce the new version of Entity Developer that supports ENUM types introduced in the Entity Framework June 2011 CTP release and contains other numerous enhancements.

This release of Entity Developer supports Entity Framework June 2011 CTP. If this version of Entity Framework is installed on the machine, it is selected as the default setting in the application's appropriate dialogs.

As part of Entity Framework, Entity Developer fully supports the newly introduced enum types by providing a new Enum node in its Model Explorer window. Enum types are supported in Entity Developer for Entity Framework, LINQ to SQL, and NHibernate. For an easier use of this type, the application provides the drag-and-drop mechanism allowing to move enum types from the Model Explorer window on to the diagram's surface, and the Find in diagrams function that enables the user to easily locate enum types on the diagram.

Properties of the Enum types as well as those of their members can be conveniently set and modified in the new Enum Type Editor, provided in this latest version. Subsequently, these properties are displayed in the Properties windows and can be edited directly in that window.

The version of Entity Developer for Microsoft SQL Server additionally supports such spatial data types as Geography and Geometry. These data types enable the users to represent locations on a map as well as points, geometric shapes, and other data which relies on a coordinate system.

And, finally, yet another major enhancement now implemented in Entity Developer is the support for the Table-Values functions (TVF).

Major improvements in the usability and user-friendliness of the application include entity shape coloring, selection-driven highlighting, application and diagram skins.

The entity shape coloring function allows the user to define a custom coloring for any entity present on the diagram by changing its Shape Color property.

The selection-driven functionality is intended to improve the readability of complex diagrams by visually indicating various interrelations between different entities present on a particular diagram.

The general look and feel of the application is further modernized with sets of skins for the application itself (available only in the standalone version) and for the diagram.

You are welcome to download Entity Developer here.

If you wish to provide feedback on the new version, you can do it on our forums or with the contact form. There is also a feedback form, and we are always glad to have your comments and take into account your development needs.

If you want to share your ideas about new Entity features, you may do it on the UserVoice.