Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Links for October Talk: ASP.NET MVC with NHibernate

Damian has made the links for the NHibernate part of the talk available on his blog but just in case you are lazy here they are:

Ali has also provided the link for the Sydney ALT.NET Assembla space (subversion repository and more).  It's at so feel free to go there and grab the source for last nights demo to have a look at.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October Meeting Summary

It was another great night tonight with over 40 people in attendance and a lot of great interaction between the presenters and the rest of the group.  Ali and Damian put on a great talk and I must say well done and many thanks to both of you!


Various Interesting Things:

  • Free version of Hyper-V Server Link
  • Common Service Locator (a common API for IoC Containers) - Link 
  • DotNetRocks IoC Web Cast - Link
  • Utility: Contig - defrag a single file Link
  • XHTML 1.1 Templates project - Link
  • Crack.Net (access the internals of any .NET desktop application) - Link
  • JQuery Intellisense Support - Link Download

New software releases:

  • Rhino 3.5 - Link
  • Mono 2.0 - Link
  • Silverlight 2.0 - Link
  • Vista SP2 Beta - Link
  • StructureMap 2.5 - Link
  • DataDude GDR RC - Link
  • Watin 1.3 (now with Lambda support) - Link
  • Watin 2.0 CTP (firefox support) - Link

If you come across anything interesting, drop me a line or let us know at the next meeting.

What's Coming Up Next?

At this stage we have penciled in two talks for the November meeting on advanced TDD techniques and Aspect Oriented Programing (AOP) using PostSharp.  This will be confirmed a little closer to the date so keep an eye on the site.

Also, with the growth in numbers we may need to think about moving to a new venue in the new year.  We'll see how it goes, but if you know of a larger (and free) venue we might be able to use then please drop me a line.

P.S. Links for resources from tonight's talks and the SVN repository location will be made available on the site shortly.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Liberation Day: See Steve Ballmer - 6 Nov in Sydney

I have a number of invitations available for the Sydney ALT.NET user group members to see Steve Ballmer talking in person about cloud computing and Microsoft's strategy in that space.

Following Steve's keynote, there will be two
demo sessions on the new technologies
being announced at the Professional Developers Conference.
On the Cloud side,
Gianpaolo Carraro,
Senior Director, Microsoft Corporation, will
discuss Microsoft's vision for Cloud Computing
and how its various components come together.

On the Client side, Tim Sneath,
Director, Microsoft Corporation, will show you
technologies that work hand in hand with Cloud to
liberate you to build the applications
you dream of – for Windows or the Web.

If you want to book yourself a spot contact me for a registration code either via Twitter or email ( and I'll get you the code and registration URL ASAP.

Registration's close on Monday, so hurry!!

(And if you can't make it you can watch it online Click Here For Details)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October's Meeting - Tuesday 28th

Our next Sydney ALT.NET meeting is on next week so stick a reminder in your calendars, put a post it on your monitor about it or tie a piece of string around your finger - what ever works for you :-)

On Tuesday 28th we'll have the following agenda:

6:00 pm - Welcome & News (including a group chat about whatever has come out of PDC)

6:15 pm - Pizza & Beers

6:45 pm - Session: "Using ASP.NET MVC with NHibernate" presented by Ali Shafai & Damian MacLennan

In this session Damian and Ali will dissect (yes, there will be blood) a not so imaginary ToDo application to show you how you can use NHibernate to map your database entities to C# classes and use the ASP.NET MVC framework to present and interact with them, and then persist the changes.
For those not in the know, NHibernate is a port of the popular Hibernate ORM framework from Java and the ASP.NET MVC is Microsoft's shiny new web development framework that enables applications to built around the MVC pattern in a much simpler way that ASP.NET does.

Ali is an architect and developer working for PeerPlacements Pty Ltd. He loves developing for mobile and portable devices and challenges they bring to his day. Ali was introduced to XP in 2001 and later to Agile, he’s done unspeakable things ever since. He loves making sarcastic comments.

Damian has made technology his career for the best part of ten years. He has spent a lot of time working as a Microsoft based web developer, a Solutions Architect working in the media management and delivery field and is currently employed as the Director of Technology for Inspire, a non profit based in Sydney. Outside of that, his passions are guitar and cycling.

8:00 pm - Go home (promise!)

To help with catering we'd appreciate an RSVP:

So there you have it folks! Stick Tuesday October 28th in your diary and we'll see you there - and don't forget to tell your friends!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Links for September Talks

Downloads from last night's talks are now available for you to grab at your leisure:

James Crisp's Ruby session

Richard Banks' Rhino Mocks session