Many enterprise applications require a relational database to persist business data. Microsoft offers a cloud-scale, relational database named SQL Azure. SQL Azure allows developers to begin with the building of cloud solutions quickly. This chapter will use Entity Framework to simplify the data access.
In this chapter, we will discuss the following topics:
What Entity Framework is
Using SQL Azure in Silverlight
SQL Azure offers a relational data store as part of the Windows Azure platform. It is highly available and requires less maintenance than a traditional on-premises SQL Server installation. SQL Azure is built on top of SQL Server technologies, which keeps the compatibility high with the existing technology stacks. This allows developers to jump quickly into a familiar environment and get started.
SQL Azure is a managed service. Microsoft handles all the basic maintenance and administration issues for you...