New Versions of dotConnect ADO.NET Providers with renewed LinqConnect!

May 22, 2012

Devart is glad to announce the release of the new versions of ADO.NET data providers, enhanced database connectivity solutions, built over the ADO.NET architecture, that support Entity Framework and LinqConnect ORM solutions. New versions of dotConnect data providers offer you redesigned and greatly improved LinqConnect and bettered Entity Developer.

LinqConnect

This version marks a new milestone in LinqConnect development. Renewed LinqConnect demonstrates a new degree of performance and stability. Now it can be used in most complicated use cases and supports submit of very complex object graphs.

Starting from this version, LinqConnect uses only its own classes. It does not reference the System.Data.Linq assembly any more, and this assembly is not loaded with your applications, using LinqConnect. However you don't need to worry about LINQ to SQL compatibility. Public interface of our classes is completely compatible with the public interface of Microsoft LINQ to SQL classes. Moreover, we provide the Upgrade Wizard for easy upgrading of your LinqConnect projects to the new version of LinqConnect in a few clicks.

In this version we have also optimized LinqConnect performance. We have improved its cache, increased Submit performance, materialization performance, improved stored procedure mapping. For more details on these improvements see our blog article.

Entity Developer

Entity Developer offers a number of usability improvements. For example, a shape color can be changed by selecting Shape -> Color from the shape shortcut menu. Expand All and Collapse All menu commands in the Diagram submenu of the shortcut menu allow you to quickly expand/collapse diagram shapes.

Cut/copy/paste functionality behaviour was changed. Now when you paste copied entities to a diagram where they are not present, the existing entities are added to the diagram, new entities are not created. When you cut entities, they are cut from the diagram, not from the whole model.

Diagrams now support notes and stamps. You can use notes to add text comments to your diagrams and even to create hyperlinks to external files. Diagram stamp allows you to specify the following information about diagram: diagram author, company, version, copyrights, project name, date.

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.