ADO.NET Entity Framework Delayed
Today the ADO.NET team announced that the ADO.NET Entity Framework will not ship with Visual Studio Orcas currently planned for Q4 2007. The team is targeting a release in the first half of 2008. For more information on the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Microsoft's Data Access Vision, see the ADO.NET team blog and Microsoft's Data Access Strategy post on the Data Blog. Frans Bouma speculates about why they've cut the Entity Framework from the Visual Studio Orcas release.
The good news is that the team will continue to ship CTP drops throughout the remainder of this year.
Looking from the bright side of things, this means the community has more time to play with the CTP drops and submit valuable feedback to the product team. Frans is right when he says that it takes a long time to gain momentum to get the critical mass of users to embrace this new piece of new technology and to be very successful with it. I think this is an interesting topic to discuss during the ADO.NET Orcas chalk and talk session at the first Dutch Code Camp. Stay tuned since I intend to continue the ADO.NET Orcas Future Directions series.