Entity Framework 4.1 Released to Web
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Microsoft has released an update to Entity Framework. Version 4.1 is available only as an internet download.
Entity Framework 4.1 introduces two new features. The first is the DbContext API, which is a simple abstraction over ObjectContext and other types. This API is optimized for common tasks and coding patterns.
The other feature is Code First. The Code First design pattern allows you to create your C# or VB.NET classes first. These classes can then be mapped to an existing database or be used to create a new database schema.
You can download ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.1 as the stand-alone installer or by adding the 'EntityFramework' NuGet package to your project.
For more information, check out the official ADO.NET Blog.