Installing the Latest Version of the ADO.NET Entity Framework

Last night at the Installfest in Denver we got a quick look at the ADO.Net Entity Framework.  It looked interesting to me so I researched it a bit more today.  The overview here is a pretty good place to start.  I’d read through that first to get an idea of what we are trying to accomplish.  Then make sure you have Visual Studio 2008 installed and follow these steps to install the add-ons that allow you to start playing with the Entity Framework:

  1. Make sure you uninstall any previous versions of the ADO.Net Entity Framework.
  2. Install this hot fix for Visual studio 2008.  Honestly, I could not find much documentation on why this is needed.  For what it’s worth, I installed it and it didn’t break anything that I can see.
  3. Install the ADO.Net Entity Framework Beta 3.
  4. Install the ADO.Net Entity Framework Tools.
  5. Install the ADO.Net Entity Framework Samples.
  6. Check out this additional documentation.

If you were using the old version of the framework you might want ot check out this post about the breaking changes between Beta 2 and 3.

Other than that happy coding!  Please let me know how it goes and any cool things you find with this stuff.

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