In addition to the well-publicized Code First approach to database development that the Entity Framework 4.1 provides, it also provides the DbContext API. The DbContext API works with Code First, Database First, and Model First and provides a simplified, productive environment for building all types of data-backed applications.
Julie Lerman is a Microsoft MVP, .NET mentor and consultant who lives in the hills of Vermont. You can find Julie presenting on data access and other Microsoft .NET topics at user groups and conferences around the world. Julie is the author of the highly acclaimed "Programming Entity Framework (with a second edition coming soon) and authors the MSDN Magazine Data Points column.