Natural ORM Architect: 2012-01 CTP Released

The January 2011 Community Technology Preview of Natural Object-Role Modeling Architect for Visual Studio is now available through or

Expanding the appropriate file download and running Setup.bat will uninstall any old NORMA version and reinstall the new NORMA components. Visual Studio instances should be shutdown before running setup, and Vista/Windows 7 users should either launch the provided SetupVista.bat or explicitly run Setup.bat as an Administrator. The release includes modifications through changeset 1482.

The January 2012 NORMA release includes the ability to customize the name and order of generated columns, and to remember these settings when the relational model is regenerated due to a change in the ORM model. Column ordering is consistent across the ORM Model Browser, Relational View, and generated code files. New verbalization options are also available for automatically modifying object type names in the Verbalization Browser. This release also includes a number of bug fixes.

An important featue not included in the download are two online file viewers at The two file viewers display one diagram at a time, or all diagrams together, with settings to print one diagram per page. This addresses a missing feature in NORMA, namely the ability to print all diagrams in the model. The two viewers can be used to view a local .orm file (browser permitting), or look at files posted on the internet. Instructions to enable viewing of your posted files are discussed on the web site.

Details are available in the included Documentation\Readme.htm installed with NORMA and in the SVN change logs on sourceforge. A copy of the readme has also been posted on sourceforge so you can review changes before you download the binaries.

Posted by Matthew Curland 2012-02-02

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