MySQL Connector/Net 6.7.0 Alpha has been released



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
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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
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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
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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!
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