DevForce EF (Beta 1)

Wednesday, June 11 2008 - , , ,

DevForce EF (Beta 1)

image I had a call from John Douglas at IdeaBlade yesterday.  He was actually following up on a previous call.  These folks are very enthusiastic about their product and are very helpful.  Unlike the last time he called, this time I followed his recommendation and visited the resource site for their Beta :  http://www.ideablade.com/DevForceEF_summary.html.  The result of the visit is that I am even more impressed by the company and the product.  With the release of the Entity Framework approaching, it creates some real questions for those of us who are using ORM mapping tools.  To their credit, IdeaBlade has made the decision to abandon the overlap in functionality between their product and the Entity Framework.  This allows them to focus on the "value-add" to the EF functionality rather than competition, and to work on "seamless" integration with Visual Studio and the EF.  Apparently, they have found a way to extend the EF functionality without leaving a footprint in the Framework files and mappings.  What this means, is that any application that is designed to work with EF, will continue toEntityFrameworkWebinar_WardBell-IdeaBlade work with EF as if their tool was not present.  I think this sets a new standard in "tool etiquette" for tools and add-ons for the Visual Studio IDE.  As developers, we shouldn't have to waste energy resolving conflict between tools in the toolset ... (though I'm sure many have).  Add-ons should extend our tools, not change them.

 Watch the video and give it your full attention.  There are some great discussions of caching (server and client side) , concurrency, and the challenges of working with data in the real world.  I think you'll find the discussions well worth the investment of time.   I'm looking forward to spending some time with the tool.  According to John, the release candidate should be available shortly.  Watch their site for the announcement so that you can get a copy of the tool that closely resembles the final release.  I think this tool will be in my tool chest.  Take a look and come back and let me know what you think.