SDP is Over!
The conference is officially over.
After giving the last "What's new in WCF v4.0" lecture with Noam (which was recorded and videoed), both of us joined the rest to the experts panel in the main hall, which was also videoed by Sela.
Many issues arose- some initiated by the experts, some came from the audience.
At some point, Ido, Gil and I re-joined Oren Eini for yet another round at the NHibernate/Entity-Framework arena, where we finally agreed not to agree.
I'd just like to exclaim that (and I think all of us agree on that) a good architect will always test the requirements of the examined project and choose the best platform for that project. Sometimes Entity Framework would be best, sometimes NHibernate, sometimes the best solution will not include the use of an ORM at all.
It's important to remember that feature lists and feature comparisons are not the only factors (sometimes not even the main factor) in choosing a platform, especially when the the overall sums to a tie.
SDP is over now.
I hope you enjoyed it (if you attended or read our blogs), I know I did.
Summary of ORM day (2) in SDP
Well, it was a full tutorial day. Full of ORM.
After Ido gave his overview and introduction to ORM and EF, Bernie and I had our NHibernate vs. Entity-Framework head-to-head dog fight.
Well, who won, you ask? Depends on who you ask... :-)
Well, we really didn't aim to select one for you, we tried to show you the similarities and differences and help you choose for yourself.
We were followed by Gil's Deep Dive into Entity Framework, and then Bernie and I spoke about ORM Pattens and showed some real world scenarios.
To conclude the day, I hosted the Experts Panel in which Ido, Gil, Bernie, myself, and our guest speaker- Oren Eini, who also contributed two licenses to his EF/NH Profilers (one for each), of which we gave away to those asking the best questions.
The panel allowed us to conduct a free conversation about ORM's in general, dealing with large models, the future of the current technologies, and have a fruitful argument between NHibernate and Entity Framework, with Oren standing firmly for NHibernate.
Most of the sessions were recorded and will be available to conference attendees via the SDP site in the future.
SDP - What's new in WCF 4.0?
Don't forget Noam Sheffer's and mine presentation on SDP, day 4 (Wendenday), regarding what's new in WCF 4.0.
As WCF evolved, new features came to life. We'll talk about WS-Discovery, Serialization and Configuration enhancements, Routing and a few other issues.
Of-course, code talks and bullshit walks...
There will be slides, but there will also be code to back them up.
Head-To-Head ORMs at the upcoming SDP
Bernie and I are going to do a head-to-head presentation at the upcoming SDP conference, on December 21st.
We're going to show Entify-Framework v4.0 on one side (my side), and NHibernate v2.1 on the other side (Bernie's).
We will be comparing the two technologies using two projectors, one for each environment running one of the platforms, performing the same acts on each technology and explaining the differences and similarities.
Our goal is to help you choose the best ORM for your needs, each of us with our own experience.
Going to be fun :-)