Natural ORM Architect: 2013-12 CTP Released

The December 2013 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/Windows7/Windows8 users should either launch the provided SetupVistaOrLater.bat or explicitly run Setup.bat as an Administrator. The release includes modifications through changeset 1540.

The December 2013 release adds support for the following features, as well as numerous minor features and bug fixes since the May 2013 release. The major recent feature is from Microsoft, who kindly released the Community Edition of Visual Studio 2013. This is the first free version of Visual Studio that can run NORMA.

  • Visual Studio 2013 support
  • ORM representations for Value Comparison and Cardinality constraints.
  • Improve error display management: Enable and disable error display directly from the Error Validation submenu on the NORMA context menu. Error text has also been compacted when displayed in menus.
  • Verify unique readings across the model.

The web browser viewers at have also been updated to support the constraint types.

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 2013-12-31

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