Firstly, let me tell you that the object first feature which you find so useful is still present. It is available when you change the menu entries and choose to work with the classic approach. We are investing efforts in the new visual designer but it is a different approach. Your object model is defined graphically in the design surface – you actually create a bird’s eye view of the object model together with the relationships you want to introduce. We display the generated SQL in a forward mapping scenario with the Update schema wizard because we want the user to consciously modify the database - we prepare the script and let the user change some of the statements to their liking. If you do not want to care about SQL you simply execute the script.
What we offer and are improving with every distribution is our database support. We are also constantly upgrading our LINQ implementation which does not care whether the database vendor is MS SQL Server or Oracle. We are offering a rich collection of examples which we will extend for Q3 and we will distribute a specially designed SDK to manage example solutions. With regard to the visual designer we offer a richer mapping details editor and model settings customization. We are working towards adding features which will ease the management of large models – for instance we will add filtering and searching. We are also extending inheritance scenarios. Currently a lot of effort is also put on the Fluent Mapping API and more improvements for the Fetch Optimization API are on our roadmap. Last but not least, we offer support and can help you resolve any problems you encounter on the way to building your applications.
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