Deleting by ID (or primary key) with Fluent NHibernate

I wasn't a big fan of so-called Fluent Interfaces but my fondness is growing as I use Fluent NHibernate on an ASP.NET MVC project. When I started on my project I checked out the repository pattern example from Google Code to see how this was being im­ple­ment­ed. The supplied repository interface provided the following interface:

public interface IRepository
    T Get(object id);
    void Save(T value);
    void Update(T value);
    void Delete(T value);
    IList GetAll();

Looks great apart from the fact that you need to pass an entity to the Delete() method, which would in turn result in iteration over a large number of objects if I had to do a lot of deletes. If I received an integer with an ID from an ASP.NET MVC controller I'd have to retrieve the object before sending it to the Delete() method. This is not very efficient.

To remedy this problem I added an additional Delete() method to the interface taking an object ID as the only parameter:

public void Delete(object id)
    using (var session = sessionFactory.OpenSession())
    using (var transaction = session.BeginTransaction())
        var queryString = string.Format("delete {0} where id = :id", typeof(TEntity));
               .SetParameter("id", id)


This is a very simple method that will generate more efficient SQL under the covers for deletion of objects from the database.

Tagged with databases, fluent-nhibernate, nhibernate and orm.

Custom ASP.NET MVC ActionResult classes

ASP.NET MVC provides a way for developers to extend and create custom Ac­tion­Re­sults for con­trollers. Normally you return a view from a controller and the runtime goes off and hunts down the ap­pro­pri­ate view based on the name of your action. This make sense for normal web pages but sometimes you need to build something in code or you don't want to write a view for it. In this case you can extend Ac­tion­Re­sult, set a content type, and render the result to the output stream.

public OpenLayersActionResult MapData()
    var myPoints = new List();

    var p = new MapPoint
                    Title = "Title for point on the map",
                    Icon = "marker.png",
                    IconSize = "21,25",
                    LatLon = "12.9715987,77.5945627",
                    Description = "This is the long description for a point on the map"


    return new OpenLayersActionResult { Points = myPoints };

Over on GitHub you can find some sample ActionResult classes including one that replicates the built-in JsonResult. The one that will probably be most useful to someone is the OpenLayersActionResult which simplifies generation of layer data. I'm digging through various projects and building out that library with other helper code from various projects so keep an eye out for more snippets.

Introduction to Google App Engine with Python

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk. I hope it was useful! If you haven't done so already please complete an evaluation form.

I've uploaded the pre­sen­ta­tion to Speaker Deck and you can download a PDF from my site too. The code sample I used during the pre­sen­ta­tion is available on BitBucket, and I'm going to be making various im­prove­ments to it over the coming weeks.

Tagged with appengine, codecamp, google, googleappengine and talk.