Entity Framework Magical Unicorn Edition

by Jon Davis 28. July 2010 18:47

So it looks like I can finally scrap Gemli.Data, as Microsoft finally caught up with me. ;)  I’m sort-of kidding (on being the one Microsoft caught up with), but sorta not. Microsoft has a new CTP out there for Entity Framework where the POCO support has a bit less suck and a lot more “just .Save() my POCO object”. According to Scott Hanselman’s recent blog post, which is really the full extent I have seen this and I have only just glanced at it to be honest, but the new syntax it offers to take a simple simple coded-first object and persist it to a database looks almost exactly like my approach to Gemli.Data at http://gemli.codeplex.com/. In a few ways, this Magical Unicorn edition looks even cleaner. But it also clearly adds the advantages of true and complete LINQ support, as well as tested ASP.NET MVC (et al) data binding and even data scaffolding with HTML forms .. and automated validation .. the list keeps growing.

So this is good news for me. Not many people were using Gemli besides me that I knew of, and if I can get back to focusing on coding implementation code and forget about my passionate hatred of data-first development, all the better.

I’ll admit I hate the idea of throwing away my work, but if I don’t need it I don’t need it. On the other hand, this version of Entity Framework (or this extension, or whatever) isn’t released yet, so I’m still stuck with Gemli until it is.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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