I've been awaiting an improved Entity Framework EDM designer tool since the CTP released in December. Well, with an Entity Framework presentation looming (May 22nd), the Redmond gods responded: VS2008 and .NET Framework SP1 BETA1.
I uninstalled all sorts of CTPs and now am the proud owner of a laptop with VS2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1 BETA1.
Below find the steps I followed. Please heed the warnings and directions within the readme (.NET 3.5 Framework SP1 BETA1, VS2008 SP1 BETA1) explicitly. Also, this is BETA software...expect minor issues and don't install on production equipment.
Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP
Microsoft ASP.NET Futures (July 2007)
ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta3
ADO.NET Entity Framework Tools CTP
Silverlight Tools Beta for Visual Studio 2008
Did *not* uninstall:
Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Preview 2
- After the .NET 3.5 Framework SP1 BETA1 download completed, I kept being prompted to close the installation before proceeding. Huh? Finally, I simply clicked on Ignore and the installation completed successfully.
- I had to reboot after the .NET 3.5 Framework SP1 BETA1 installation completed.
- I needed to locate the vssetup.msi and original Visual Studio installation media to proceed with the VS2008 SP1 BETA1 installation.