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From:Fernando Gonzalez Date:March 22 2013 5:55pm
Subject:MySQL Connector/Net 6.7.0 Alpha has been released
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MySQL Connector/Net 6.7.0, a new version of the all-managed .NET driver 
for MySQL has been released.  This is the first of two alpha releases 
intended to introduce users to the new features in the release.  This 
release is not feature complete and there are significant limitations 
but it should be stable enough for users to understand the new features 
and how we expect them to work.  As is the case with all non-GA 
releases, it should not be used in any production environment.  It is 
appropriate for use with MySQL server versions 5.0-5.6

It is now available in source and binary form from 
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/#downloads and mirror sites 
(note that not all mirror sites may be up to date at this point-if you 
can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later or choose 
another download site.)

The 6.7 version of MySQL Connector/Net brings the following new features:

  * Load Balancing support.
  * Entity Framework 5.0 support.
  * Memcached support for Innodb Memcached plugin.
  * This version also splits the product in two: from now on, starting
    version 6.7, Connector/NET will include only the former
    Connector/NET ADO.NET driver, Entity Framework and ASP.NET providers
    (Core libraries of MySql.Data, MySql.Data.Entity & MySql.Web). While
    all the former product Visual Studio integration (Design support,
    Intellisense, Debugger) will be released in a separated plugin for
    Visual Studio product.

Load Balancing Support
-------------------------------------------
Now you can setup a Replication or Cluster configuration in the backend, 
and Connector/NET will balance the load of queries among all servers 
making up the backend topology.

Entity Framework 5.0
-------------------------------------------
Connector/NET is now compatible with EF 5, including special features of 
EF 5 like spatial types.
A known issue is that in this release you'll need to use 
MySql.Data.Entity assembly for .NET 4.0 with EF 5, in the future we will 
include a version of that assembly for .NET 4.5.

Memcached
-------------------------------------------
Just setup Innodb memcached plugin and use Connector/NET new APIs to 
establish a client to MySql 5.6 server's memcached daemon.

Enjoy and thanks for the support!

-- 
Fernando Gonzalez Sanchez | Software Engineer |
Oracle MySQL Windows Experience Team, Connector/NET
Guadalajara | Jalisco | Mexico


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