Friday, November 12, 2010

IBM announced the beta release of its driver for Visual Studio 2010

After a really long waiting period, it’s finally there, a beta version of IBM’s .NET provider for .NET Framework 4.0 as well as Addins for Visual Studio 2010. This beta level package requires a V9.7 FP3a client install(available here: , and has the following features:
  • DB2 .NET provider for connectivity to DB2 LUW, IDS, DB2 for z/OS and DB2 for IBM i
  • DB2 Connect license required for z/OS and IBM i
  • Common IDS .NET provider for IDS
  • Entity Framework provider
  • Entity Framework support for database first scenarios
  • Entity Framework canonical function support
  • Full filtering of Add Connection properties when use with Entity Framework Designer
  • Visual Studio 2010 Addins
  • Full Server Explorer filtering support
  • Windows, Web and WPF application development scenarios with full drag and drop
  • Designer support for SQL Procedures with syntax highlighting
  • Full end to end debugging for SQL procedures for VB and C# apps
  • Schema evolution support for common developer focused tasks
  • Create database, create / modify table, view and change data
  • DB2 for z/OS V10 server supported
  • z/OS Enhanced timestamp precision and timezone support
  • z/OS Extended indicators
  • z/OS Currently committed isolation level
  • Informix Panther servers supported
  • Informix Stored procedure debugging
  • Informix Trusted context support
  • Near complete 3.5 canonical function support
  • Support for EF 4.0 canonical functions, above URL also includes 4.0 functions
  • CURSOR datatype supported for alternative result set processing

Here is the url for downloading the beta:

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