LINQ and Entity Framework in Visual Studio 2005

Hi there,
Is there a way I can take advantage of LINQ and Entity Framework using Visual Studio 2005?
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karakavAsked:
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Although the VS 2008 Express Edition does not support all the functionality of the Pro Version have you given any thought to see if VS 2008 Express will support what you are trying to do so that you can use it?

Visual Studio Express Editions
http://www.microsoft.com/Express/
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DhaestCommented:
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karakavAuthor Commented:
Actually I tried to install the CTP but it doesn't recognize my VS 2005 (Professional and genuine).  I don't know if it is because it is in Spanish.
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DhaestCommented:
I don't know. I don't have any experience on that ctp (because I work here with vs2008)
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
EF = for sure not. You also need to move to the SP1 of VS 2008.
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Linq to Entity was released under .Net Framework 3.5 with SP 1 installed so to your question NO. Linq to SQL can run under .Net 2.0 with CTP installed but not sure about the Language issue.
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi karakav;

I found this statement on the "Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name Orcas Language-Integrated Query, May 2006 Community Technology Preview"

"An English-language version of Visual Studio and Windows is recommended  this release has not been tested on other platforms."

Link to statement: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1E902C21-340C-4D13-9F04-70EB5E3DCEEA&displaylang=en

The language may be the source of the issue you are having loading it.

Fernando
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karakavAuthor Commented:
You may be right FernandoSoto, even though I downloaded an english version, I still couldn't install the CTP, though the error I am getting is another one.
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
even if you dowload and install the CTP, I wouldn't use it. You don't have the "GO LIVE" license to use it (meaning that you cannot use it in a production application). It is also not the full LINQ and some syntax changed since that CTP.
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karakavAuthor Commented:
Which means the only solution is to buy Visual Studio 2008. An idea I don't like as in less than one year VS 2010 is comming out. I am looking for a solution to hold on until that time.
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DhaestCommented:
All I know is that you probably won't find any other alternative than buying vs2008 !

http://zeetalks.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/vs2008-using-the-entity-framework/
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
>>An idea I don't like as in less than one year VS 2010 is comming out

There is no date announced yet! The only CTP we got is now expired.
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karakavAuthor Commented:
Even thought not what I was looking for. Thanks any way.
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