This session will cover the ins and outs of SPMetal, a tool which ships with SharePoint 2010. SPMetal allows developers compile-time access to SharePoint lists, content types and columns. This allows for type-safe access to columns/fields on a SharePoint site. Additionally, developers can write LINQ queries against these lists using SPMetal which speeds up query writing tremendously. We will cover adding support for complex column types (Managed Metadata, Publishing HTML, etc) which aren’t supported by SPMetal out of the box. Lastly we will also touch upon performance considerations and other best practices when coding with SPMetal.
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