New Versions of dotConnect Data Providers Released!

March 31, 2010

Devart is glad to announce the release of the new versions of ADO.NET data providers, enhanced database connectivity solutions built over ADO.NET architecture that offer Entity Framework and LINQ to SQL support. New dotConnect ADO.NET Providers offer complete support for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate and Entity Framework 4 Release Candidate.

Entity Developer 2.80 was greatly improved. Now Entity Developer seamlessly integrates with Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate. Entity Developer LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework models are edited inside the Visual Studio without the need to open the model in a separate Entity Developer application. You can use Entity Developer for creating models for both Entity Framework 1 and Entity Framework 4 Release Candidate. For example, such feature as Lazy Loading is now supported for Entity Framework 4 Release Candidate models.

dotConnect for Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL now support both Entity Developer and Entity Data Model Wizard/Update Wizard for designing Entity Framework models in Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate.

Model First was supported with templates for generating DDL script for MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL. Now you may design the Entity Framework model for your application and then create database automatically.

Support for new Canonical aggregate and scalar functions was added to dotConnect data providers, and you may use standard database functions in LINQ queries.

Installation of new dotConnects also was improved. Now previous version of the product can be uninstalled automatically by the installation wizard.

* dotConnect Universal does not support LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework.

If you wish to provide feedback on the new versions, you can do it in our forums or with contact form. There is also a feedback form in the support zone of every product. We are always glad to hear your comments and take into account your development needs.