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Keith Nicholas April 2010 Entries
NHibernate 3.0 and FluentNHibernate, how to get up and running….
First up. Its actually really easy. I’m not very religious about my DB tech, I don’t really care, I just want something that works. So I’m happy to consider all options if they provide an advantage, and recently I was considering jumping from NHibernate to EF 4.0. However before ditching NHibernate and jumping to EF 4.0 I thought I should try the head version of NHibernates trunk and the Head version of FluentNHibernate. I currently have a “Repository / Unit of Work” Framework built up around these ......

Posted On Friday, April 30, 2010 11:37 AM

Swapping from NHibernate to Entity Framework – Sanity Check
Now I’m not an expert in either of these techs. I have a nice framework for unit of work / repository built with NHibernate. Works pretty well. I use FluentNhibernate to do the mappings. Works well. Takes very little code to get going with a DB back OO model. So why swap? Linq. In Entity Framework you get much better linq support. Visibility. I have no idea what's really happening with NHibernate….its a cloud of mystery most of the time. You have to read all the blogs, mailing lists, etc to know ......

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:11 PM

File Transfer using RDP
I often use RDP to log into servers. A couple of issues I have had is that its a pain to get files onto the server from my PC at times, and, if there is something missing from the servers windows install, I can’t simply pop the DVD into remote server in some unknown location on the internet somewhere. The other day I was curious if RDP actually had anything…since it did support shared clipboards, so I went for a look through the options and low and behold, *hidden* away….. Select Options… Go to the ......

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2010 10:06 PM

I was wanting to play around with something in a VM the other day. I was curious what was available for free, if anything, for windows. I quickly came across Virtual Box ( ). Downloaded, Installed. No Problem! Works really nicely. It was commercial software (by sun (now oracle)) that turned open source. In terms of a license it says :- In summary, the VirtualBox PUEL allows you to use VirtualBox free of charge for personal use or, alternatively, for product evaluation. ......

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2010 9:52 PM

Speech Recognition
Today I was asked to write a wee application for someone so that they could turn pages on their ebooks without having to reach for their keyboard or mouse… that way they could do craft or knit or whatever they are doing while they are reading. I vaguely remember that windows has something built in, but have never really played with it before. I have in the past turned on the screen reader and impressed my kids by making the computer saying “amusing” phrases along the lines of “Zac has a smelly bum”. ......

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2010 3:48 AM

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