Adventures in Data Modeling: Entity Framework, Model First

sun breaks through cloudsWorking up a data model for a new systems architecture – been spending the last few months working in MS Word, whiteboards and sticky notes.  Feel like we’ve hit diminishing returns by looking at this in the abstract, so I figured I’d hack up an instance in MS SQL to see how much of this thinking stands up to reality.

I tracked down a few online resources to get me back into SQL (it’s been nearly a decade since I dug in deep) – two of note were:

After a day or so messing around with this, my valued conspirator Dale Cox mentioned Entity Framework to me:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/ee712907

And thus was the Bright Light of Truth shone upon my works.  For a guy like me who’s working out the business needs, transforming into Stories, and usually has a lot more to say about UX than about MVVM constructs or SQL queries, this is the perfect level for me to dig into next.  Entity Framework, Model First, using Visual Studio 2013?  I still wouldn’t pay thousands of $$$ for this tool, but here’s one way that it stays relevant for me.

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See me speak at PDMA on UX for Product Managers (May 15th)

By the way, this Thursday I’ll be joining a panel of UX geeks talking at the Product Managers Association of Portland on “User Experience – What’s the Big Deal?”  I’m going in as the resident hybrid – UX geek and Product Owner, giving me the superpower to empathize with both halves of my brain when I do a crappy job for each of them. 🙂

Here’s a twist: I finally found a use for those “view this email in a browser”, because for some reason the PDMA doesn’t have a URL-able web page describing the logistics for this event:

http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f58583aa4a84e349713216644&id=464a80ea15&e=81024300cd

Hey, it’s a low-cost gathering of PO’s and PM’s getting together at the Lucky Lab for beer, food and some interesting conversation.  How bad could it be?

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See me speak at Devsigner Con

My talk “Great Storytelling UX in Comics” has been accepted at the Devsigner conference here in Portland, last week of May.  I’m excited to see more wild-eyed designers discover the amazing variety of ways that comics show us how to engage the user and immerse them more fully in the reading experience.

Have you seen my talk?  If not, this is an affordable opportunity to come see me in my Superman Kilt finery.

Devsigner Con, Portland, May 23-25th.

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