Silverlight, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, VS 2008 SP 1 … phew!

A lot has come out over the past few months and keeping up with the technology has been a whirlwind experience for everyone. Yesterday Visual Studio 2008 SP 1 was released which began the first official live versions of the Entity Framework (EF as many of us call it) and ADO.NET Data Services (ANDS as Shawn Wildermuth has affectionately labeled it). Here are some things you need to know if you are working with EF, ANDS, and Silverlight 2.

  1. If you had already installed the beta 1  or VS 2008 SP 1 then you will want to run the Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack Preparation Tool before installing VS 2008 SP 1. This tool removes the previously installed versions of betas and the like.
  2. You can then install Visual Studio SP 1 (which includes .NET 3.5 SP 1)
  3. If you plan on using Silverlight 2 Beta 2, you probably want to install the new Silverlight 2 Beta 2  tools refresh chainer file which updates the tools for Visual Studio 2008 to work with the new Visual Studio SP 1.

Hope this helps!

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Hi, I'm John Papa. I author this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Google Developer Expert and Microsoft Regional Director. I travel speaking at events and train technology thought leaders