OMG! Too Many Ways to do Data Access with .NET?


Its been a busy weekend for Microsoft.  First the announcement that EDM is being delayed six months to be after Orcas…now two new dynamic data access layers for web-based apps:

  • Astoria: Expose your data as web services for AJAX
  • Jasper: Another RAD solution to Data Access

I haven’t looked at either of these *yet*, but I thought it was already confusing…now look a the data access toolbox from MS:

DataSets…LINQ for SQL (Server)…EDM…Astoria…Jasper

I can’t imagine that the Data team is going to be able to give good enough advice as to where to use what.  Hopefully after I dig in deeper, it’ll make more sense.