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Trying To Learn MVC But One Major Hiccup!

Apr 26

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:42 PM  RssIcon

I’m trying to learn MVC (ASP.net MVC 3 to be exact) and I already have a database ready to go, but where oh where are you Entity Data Model template in Visual Studio?

Ok, I’m trying to port an older asp.net application to MVC, I figured now’s a great time to learn MVC.  But I ALREADY have my db created and I want to use THAT one, not recreate the db from scratch in code.  Although that’s sometimes a good idea, in my case tonight, I want to focus on the code bits, not the bytes I already have in the database.

Well, everywhere I’m reading says to just select the ADO.NET Entity Data Model from the Data template in Visual Studio……uuuuhhhh hhhhmmmmm Where are you entity data model template?  I dooooon’t seeeeeeeeeee you!!!!!!

What you SHOULD see is this.

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But I didn’t.  So, a-googling I went and from my googling, I’m not the only one who’s experiencing this problem of missing Entity framework, or ADO.NET Entity Data Model templates.  There is/was a SLEW of links and most of them pointed to an install that didn’t work…silently cause otherwise I would have noticed (I think). 

Anyways, what do I do now?  Thankfully I still have my VS 2010 install disc!  COOL!  If you have that, then you can try this trick I got from Bill Yeager on one of the Microsoft forums.  Use the following command (replace G: with your DVD drive or where ever your VS 2010 is installed).

msiexec /i G:\WCU\EFTools\ADONETEntityFrameworkTools_enu.msi USING_EXUIH=1 /log "dd_ADONETEntityFrameworkTools_enu_MSI.txt"

Once I did that, I was able to see the ADO.NET Entity Data Model template.  PHEW!  I was getting nervous about not being able to make any progress tonight on this.  Now that I can create the EDMX, it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

Resources
Google: Search for ado.net entity data model install vs 2010 install

Microsoft Silverlight: Why can’t I find the “ADO.NET Entity Data Model” in “VS2010 add new item?”?

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