Please give me the direction of the best guidance on the Entity Framework.
What is the best starting point on the Entity Framework from MS?
Mike Taulty has a series of blog entries here that would be worth reading. But first - make sure you really, really want the complexity of EF; NHibernate, LINQ-to-SQL, etc make better answers in many cases. There are a number of issues with the EF approach (not least the forced base class and the much moire complicated xml - barely comprehensible).
I'm not saying don't use it: just make sure you need what it offers (at the price of complexity) first...
If you're using Windows don't you need to use an ignore pattern like this:
for directories? And maybe even:
I must admit I only realised this after I had committed the wrong things, so I haven't tried this out 'live'. Notice the use of the forward slashes in the directory pattern.
(See this link for the source: http://svn.haxx.se/tsvnusers/archive-2007-03/0281.shtml )