Microsoft is simplifying database development in mixed IT environments with its ADO.net Entity Framework Beta 3.
The initiative has already won support from IBM, MySQL, Sybase and other database providers.
The framework is designed to make it easier for developers to build data-centric applications and services regardless of the underlying data source.
D. Britton Johnston, product unit manager for data programmability at Microsoft, said, "Together with other firms we are meeting developers' needs for a comprehensive data platform, that results in writing less code to build rich applications and services."
The ADO.net Entity Framework extends the capabilities of Microsoft's Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) technology by enabling developers to use LINQ against many back-end databases.
Developers can work at a conceptual level and focus on business logic rather than data access, which makes it significantly easier for them to work with data-centric applications and services, said Microsoft.
Users can download the ADO.net Entity Framework Beta 3 from the ADO website.