number of testers who’ve been dabbing with the first version of Microsoft’s ADO.Net Entity Framework are unhappy with the direction Microsoft has taken with the technology. As of June 24, more than 150 testers had signed the “no confidence vote” petition to make their gripes public, including several Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs).
The ADO.Net Entity Framework is a layer of technology that originally was slated to be part of Visual Studio 2008. Microsoft ended up cutting the Entity Framework out of its tool suite, promising to make it part of the first service pack for .Net Framework 3.5.
(Here’s how Microsoft defines ADO.Net Entity Framework: The framework “allows developers to define a higher-level Entity Data Model over their relational data, and then program in terms of this model. Concepts like inheritance, complex types and relationships (including M:M support) can be modeled using it. VS 2008 SP1 now includes built-in designer support to help with this modeling.”)