What is EF

Entity Framework (EF) is an object-relational mapper that enables .NET developers to work with relational data using domain-specific objects. It eliminates the need for most of the data-access code that developers usually need to write.

Entity Framework is actively developed by the Entity Framework team which is assigned to the Microsoft Open Tech Hub and in collaboration with a community of open source developers. Together we are dedicated to creating the best possible data access experience for .NET developers.

How do I use EF

If you want to use an officially supported Entity Framework release to develop your applications then head to msdn.com/data/ef where you can find installation information, documentation, tutorials, samples, and videos.

If you want to try out the latest changes that have not been officially released yet, signed nightly builds of the Entity Framework code base are made available

What’s going on

Want to know what the future holds for Entity Framework? We update our roadmap regularly and we post specific feature specifications and design meeting notes publicly for review.

How do I contribute

There are lots of ways to contribute to the Entity Framework project including testing out nighty builds, reporting bugs, suggesting features, reviewing feature specifications as well as contributing code.

Note: that all code submissions will be rigorously reviewed and tested by the Entity Framework team, and only those that meet an extremely high bar for both quality and design/roadmap appropriateness will be merged into the source.

Last edited Oct 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM by RoMiller, version 89