For many years NHibernate reigned as the premier ORM for the .NET framework and despite the successes of Entity Framework many people still consider it their first choice for new projects. But a lack of developers may severely hamper its future.
A CAST report discloses that JEE enterprise software has lower quality when using Spring or Struts than using just Hibernate. Also, the quality degrades when Java is mixed with C or C++.
Riak 1.3.0 RC was recently released, with improved IPv6 support and some interesting features that improve reliability – Active Anti-Entropy and Health Check.
Salesforce.com has open sourced Phoenix, a Java layer enabling developers to run SQL queries on Apache HBase. Update: An interview on Phoenix with James Taylor, Lead Developer at Salesforce.com, has been appended.
At its heart, SQL is a domain specific language designed to allow non-professional programmers to query databases and write ad hock reports. When a company moves from a relational database to a NoSQL offering the need for ad hock reporting doesn’t go away, it just becomes harder. Simba’s ODBC drivers shift the power back into the hands of the users.
ModelMapper is an object to object mapping library that eliminates repeatable code for copying objects from one representation to another. By looking at property names it can perform an automatic mapping or hints can be defined that describe precisely the mapping process. It is inspired from AutoMapper which is a similar library for .NET
Microsoft has published Data Access Guidance for ASP.NET 4.5. Most of the changes are related to new features in 4.5, such as those in Web Forms and the new ASP.NET Web API.
Much has been written on the topic of ORMs and its failings. Most of the objections fall into two categories: Separation of Concerns and Object Oriented Design. For the Entity Framework we have good news for one these.
Developer Ricardo Peres of Portugal has published a seemingly unbiased comparison of the leading .NET ORMs: NHibernate and Entity Framework. While we recommend anyone considering both to read his article, Differences Between NHibernate and Entity Framework, we are going to tough on some of the key differences.
Inspired by Apache CouchDB, PouchDB (Portable CouchDB) is a small footprint database for web and especially mobile applications that need a browser-based storage solution that can be used offline. The database can be synchronized with CouchDB databases or other PouchDBs when the device comes back online.
Version 3.5 of the ORM tool LLBLGen Pro was released this week, and includes updates to Entity Framework and NHibernate functionality, designer improvements, and several updates to the runtime, such as support for OData and SQL Server 2012.
VMware have announced the availability of Spring Hadoop, which integrates the Spring Framework and the Apache Hadoop platform.
JBoss relases Hibernate 4.1 with improvements to the Envers module that allow for finding the database revision responsible for a change in a specific audited property.
FluentData is a new introduction to the micro-ORM family that aims to be more straightforward to use than full ORMs like NHibernate and Entity Framework. It uses a fluent API and supports SQL Server, SQL Azure, Oracle, and MySQL.