Visual Studio


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Introduction Recently I began writing a series of articles demonstrating how you could take a blank Database schema and bring it all together with a fully integrated object relational mapping access model (Entity Framework) and then exposing the entire object graph via WCF web services in a completely detached mode.  […]

Flexible Data Operations with the Entity Framework V6 RC1


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Introduction This article is part of the ongoing series I’ve been writing recently, but can be read as a standalone article.  I’m going to do a better job of integrating the changes documented here into the ongoing solution I’ve been building.  However, considering how much time and effort I put […]

Solving the detached many-to-many problem with the Entity Framework




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Introduction Following on from the previous article, Data Access with the Entity Framework V6 RC1, this time I’m going to go deeper and look at how we manipulate entities through a structured and often times generic approach. We’ll take a particularly close look at an approach to adding, updating and […]

Basic Data Operations with the Entity Framework V6 RC1


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Introduction Today I’m following on from my previous series of articles from last week, particularly (and logically) from the article More with the Entity Framework V6 RC1. This time around, I’m going to go under the covers and document a new approach I’m trying out around the Entity Framework Data […]

Data Access with the Entity Framework V6 RC1





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Introduction Following on from the earlier article which established a data schema, the next step is to wrap the database design in an ORM.. for fun. I’m going to take a look at the latest pre-release of the Entity Framework, version 6 (RC1).  If you’re interested in the licensing aspects, […]

Integrating the Entity Framework v6 RC1


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Introduction Per my introduction article, I’m learning the hard way – with the latest from Microsoft.  Yesterday I created a SQL schema from a Twitter archive which was “fun”, but didn’t provide me with a decent enough schema to model a complete end-to-end design for something meaningful. So I’m back […]

Schema Modelling with Visual Studio 2013 Preview



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Introduction Recently, I added some articles about installing and configuring some new pre-release software that Microsoft released earlier in the year.  [ Visual Studio 2013 | Team Foundation Server 2013 ] Now I’m ready to put it all to the test! I know there’s been a lot of build-up, and […]

Previewing the Previews



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Following on from my previous article about Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview, I’m now moving on to Visual Studio 2013 Preview.  I’ve installed on the same VM which now hosts Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview, selecting only a small subset of the available options.   I’m mainly interested in Web Development, […]

A Look at Visual Studio 2013 Preview



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Following on from the last instalment where I looked at supporting PowerShell script development in Visual Studio 2010, I’m going to take a closer look at PowerShell integration with the newer Visual Studio 2012. Again, I’ll be leveraging the excellent Quest PowerGUI product and the associated Visual Studio extension. Installation […]

PowerShell and Visual Studio 2012



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Recently, I had to authenticate to Team Foundation Server using an account with greater permissions to perform some administrative tasks.  As you may know, this requires entering alternate credentials when you add the server to the list of TFS servers, or when you need to connect to the server.  Once […]

Using different credentials to connect to Team Foundation Server