Version 6 of the Entity Framework (EF), .NET’s data access and object-relational layer, is included with Visual Studio 2013. Features such as async query/save, connection resiliency, command interception/logging, custom Code First conventions, code-based configuration and Code First stored procedure mapping make EF6 a significant upgrade. Watch this video to see new EF features in action.
Graphically intensive user interfaces are growing increasingly more common in modern apps, and on the Windows platform, DirectX is a key enabler for this trend. Whether you use DirectX to create an interactive UI for a Windows Store app or to build a 3D game, having the right tools will make your job easier. In this video, we take a tour of what’s new in Visual Studio 2013 for building DirectX apps, including refreshed project templates, samples and feature additions to Graphics Diagnostics.
Visual Studio LightSwitch provides the easiest way to create modern, data-centric, line of business applications for the enterprise. In this video, we will build and deploy from end-to-end, a full-featured business app that runs in Windows Azure and provides rich user experiences tailored for modern devices. We will also highlight some of the new features added to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013.