Updated: July 2008
The EntityDataSource control runtime and designer both ship with the .NET Framework. The EntityDataSource control is automatically registered with the toolbox and included in the data control group with the other Microsoft data source controls.
There are five components that make up the EntityDataSource designer. These components are described in the following topics.
Toolbox Item (EntityDataSource Control): The control icon displayed in the toolbox. The icon can be dragged onto the Web page design surface to insert a new EntityDataSource control into the page markup.
Design-Time Control (EntityDataSource Control): A visual representation of the EntityDataSource control in the design view of the page. Dialog boxes used in configuration of the control and communication of schema to data bound controls can be accessed from this view.
Configure Data Source Wizard (EntityDataSource Control): A set of dialog boxes launched when the Configure Data Source link is clicked on the design-time control.
Expression Editor (Entity Data Source Control): A set of dialog boxes that allow entry of textual expressions for OrderBy, Select, Where, and CommandText to determine the data routed to data-bound controls.
Property Page (EntityDataSource Control): A name/value list of properties that allows you to configure individual properties on the control separately from the Configure Data Source wizard.