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Hibernate presentation in Guernsey  

My good friend Steve Streeting is giving a talk about the Hibernate object-relational mapper at the Guernsey Software Developer Forum tomorrow night. Hibernate is a very successful ORM for Java which has been ported to .NET under the moniker NHibernate.

The event, as always, is open to everyone and commences at 6pm at the Guernsey Training Agency above the old Post Office in Smith Street, St. Peter Port. They normally run for around 1 hour followed by an optional 30 minutes in the pub for those who can’t get enough (code, not alcohol).

In related news I have been liasing with Microsoft who have agreed to provide support to host a VS 2008 InstallFest event to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2008. The idea is you bring along your laptop (if you have one) and install one of the copies of Visual Studio 2008 Professional we will be giving away (full, not-for-resale copies) as well as enjoying some food, demos of the new features of .NET 3.5 and a bit of Xbox 360 guitar hero.

We’re just looking for a venue for this event (and potentially future GSDF meetings) as the Post Office has now been sold and will not be available from the end of February :(


Language Integrated Query: An introduction presentation online  

This evening’s presentation on Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is now available from my presentations page.

The event went well with 12 developers (it’s a small island) and took a less time to produce because I didn’t write a script for but slides to lead us through areas I wanted to cover.

This means the on-line presentation is of less useful than previous ones however I am pondering the transcript/audio-track option (in my best radio voice of course).

We are now considering topics for February and with something a bit special for March.

Stay tuned!


LINQ presentation at Guernsey Developer Forum  

I will be giving a talk at the Guernsey Software Developer Forum at the end of the month on Microsoft’s new Language Integrated Query (LINQ) with particular emphasis on the capabilities and object-relational mapping characteristics of LINQ to SQL.

Now confirmed for:

  • Date & time Tuesday 29th January, 6pm
  • Location Guernsey Training Agency above Smith Street Post Office
  • Open to Everybody

This presentation is now available on-line.


October workshop at Guernsey Software Developer Forum  

At the last meeting we decided to try hold a workshop in October where people brought in their laptops and development tools and we’d work through some samples together. Once done we would talk about it and show some of our own code to illustrate approaches (and possibly help with debugging ;-)

We would need to choose one or two subjects to focus on for the workshop in order that we might have some time to put relevant materials/sample to walk through together.

The topics of generics in .NET and XSLT transformations came up so I have put these up as poll options on the forum. If you have alternative ideas post them there and I will add them to the list of options.

You can change your two votes as often as you like until the cut-off date (October 13th) in case something new is proposed that you’d rather see.