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
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