May 11, 2011: Entity Framework

Tim Laverty, MS E/F Team:
Code First Development in Entity Framework 4.1

    Entity Framework (EF) is making it easier than ever to build data-centric applications as quickly as possible. A key piece to this is the new Code First workflow that enables a code-centric experience for interacting with models and databases. You’ll see how Code First uses convention over configuration to improve developer productivity. Its flexibility allows for either automatic database provisioning or the ability to work with an existing database.

    Tim is a program manager lead in the Business Platform Division working on the Entity Framework. He is responsible for helping build next generation data access technologies from Microsoft. Tim has contributed to the design of a wide range of features for the Microsoft Data Platform including System.Data, System.XML, and Visual Studio Data Tooling. Tim is a 20 year industry vet and has worked in various industries including government, agriculture, games, and commercial software.

Paul Turley: Visual Report Design: Bringing Sexy Back

    Make your reports pop. Use design patterns, best practices and visuals that pack more usable information into fewer, more usable reports. Use SSRS and other MS BI tools to create dynamic, browse-able reports that answer important business questions and then empowers business users to explore the details.

    Paul is Manager of Specialized Services / BI Solution Architect for Hitachi Consulting. He is part of Hitachi’s national Business Intelligence and Process Management team and works from Hitachi’s regional office in Portland, Oregon.

    Paul has been architecting, managing and developing applications and business intelligence solutions for large and small businesses since 1992. He has developed custom database, BI and reporting solutions for many companies including Microsoft, Nike, Disney, Hewlett-Packard and Boeing. His expertise includes project lifecycle management, database modeling and design using SQL Server versions 6.0 through 2008, application development and user interface design using ASP.NET, and enterprise BI solutions using SQL Server Reporting Services, Integration Services and Analysis Services. He teaches, develops training courseware, speaks at industry conferences and has authored and co-authored several technical books. He has presented at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) global summit since 2004, and is a SQL Server MVP. Paul’s blog:

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Last Meeting

    The April meeting featured Jennifer Willmoth telling us about how to better use Outlook to organize and control our lives –both work and personal. Yi Liao provided some excellent explanations and demonstrations about SQL Azure Reporting. Edgelink provided some very nice tasty and healthy food.

We wish to acknowledge Robert Half Technologies for supporting Oregon SQL by generously sponsoring the meeting venue.

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