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Today I delivered a session on the ADO.NET Entity Framework as part of a “Battle of the ORMs” session at the Developer Group in Reading, UK. Wasn’t really a battle, more a friendly get together over cake :-)

Thanks to all those who attended and to the the other presenters – I learnt a lot!

The main links I wanted to share are:

FYI – the sessions were:

ORM Framework -  Andrew Cutforth
Entity Framework – Eric Nelson (Microsoft)
The Framework with No Name (yet!) (60 mins) – Joanna Carter
XPO from DevExpress – Gary Short (DevExpress)
ECO – Scott Price

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 3:21 PM .NET 3.5 , Entity Framework , UK | Back to top

Comments on this post: Battle of the ORMs slides and links

# re: Battle of the ORMs slides and links: thanks and question
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Thanks very much for your talk! you told us just what we need to know and made EF seem a lot less scary.
Can I ask a numpty question?
I want to let my users choose fields from a fieldlist for reporting purposes. In the old days I could build up a sql statement, throw it at the db connection and get back a datatable which i could put into a grid. Can I do this now? Dynamic Linq? Dynamic properties in Javascript?
Left by Nick Ajderian on Feb 17, 2009 12:18 PM

# re: Battle of the ORMs slides and links
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Dynamic creation of queries is handled very nicely with Entity Framework. You can either simply create ESQL at runtime (create a string!) or you can use Query Builder. Take a look at and
Left by Eric on Feb 17, 2009 11:50 PM

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