Thursday, October 22, 2009

New posts in blogs

Here is the list of posts we published in our personal blogs from the last delivery of our newsletter. Most important ones are starred by *.

Help Server 2.1.1 is released

We've fixed several important issues there; moreover, now it automatically switches to scriptless mode when JavaScript is not available.

Updates:

  • "Content" tab is usable even if JavaScript is turned off
  • PlainToc.aspx is removed
  • Memory consumption optimization.
Fixes:
  • Installer does not properly install web application on IIS 7
  • Articles inside help files can't be added to <nodes> structure
  • Articles from help files are not indexed by search engines, if they're added as separate nodes in <nodes> structure
  • Help files with the same name are not properly indexed by search engines.
  • Wrong locale decoding for .Chm files
  • Garbage information can be extracted from binary TOC of .HxS files
  • Invalid plain index can be extracted from .HxS files
  • "Loading..." is showing before loading process starts while scrolling up in "Index" tab
  • Wait page is showing only for "Search" tab
  • Invalid content encoding, see http://forum.x-tensive.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=5515.
The updated files are already published in our Downloads area.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This month's offer: free consulting hours for SMB and Enterprise licenses

If you are planning to order commercial license for DataObjects.Net, right now is the perfect time for doing this:

  • We grant 160 hours (1 man-month) of consulting for each Enterprise license ordered till Oct 31, 2010.
  • 40 hours (1 man-week) of consulting are granted for each SMB license ordered till Oct 31, 2010.
  • You will be able to use these consulting hours during 1 year after purchase date.
Consulting implies any works (including programming) related to development of applications on DataObjects.Net. We can assist you in development of persistent model, resolve any issues you'll face or even implement a custom extension to DataObjects.Net.

Note that till the end of this month we'll deliver v4.1 release: 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

100% score on LINQ tests at ORMBattle.NET!

Today's nightly build of DO4 gets 100% score on LINQ tests at ORMBattle.NET!

So currently LINQ scoreboard looks like:

  • 100,0%: DataObjects.Net
  • 88,9%: LINQ to SQL
  • 75,2%: ADO.NET Entity Framework
  • 35,9%: BLToolkit
  • 29,9%: NHibernate
I listed the results for freeware and Microsoft products only. We plan to update ORMBattle.NET scoreboard this or next week.

Monday, October 19, 2009

New posts in blogs

Here is the list of posts we published in our personal blogs from the last delivery of our newsletter. Most interesting ones are marked by *.


Alex Yakunin's blog:

DataObjects.Net v4.1 RC is available

Finally it's done: DataObjects.Net v4.1 Release Candidate is here.

What's new:
  • Integrated PostSharp. Consequently, now it isn't necessity to install any third-party tools at all.
  • Simplified referencing to DataObjects.Net from your own projects. No more install into GAC. Check out how to add DO4 to an existing project.
  • Oracle support. There are few issues (see this and that posts) that neither we nor other ORM vendors can handle, so we consider them as acceptable ones.
  • Versions and optimistic locking support. See "Object versions" section here.
  • Future queries and batching everywhere. See "Future queries" section here; this post shows this in action.
  • Prefetch API. This post explains how this feature works (see the comments below as well). Queries it sends aren't ideal yet, but they'll be almost perfect when we finish with  automatic fall back to IN for local collections (i.e. in a week or so). New API already improves performance of raw fetches by nearly 3 times (shortly it will be ~ 10 more times faster); multiple EntitySet access performance increase is already close to ideal.
  • Support for local collections in LINQ queries. We don't support IN optimization yet, but this is what you might expect to see on the next week or so. For now this approach is really efficient for collections containing hundreds and thousands of records.
  • Fully working persistent interfaces. Only [MaterializedView] does not work yet (this affects only on performance, but not on features).
  • Improved validation API. Now we're supporting IDataErrorInfo; validation-related classes are
    refactored to be more usable. Updated WPF sample shows this.
  • No explicit bindings to Unity and Log4Net. They can be plugged in via Xtensive.Core.IoC.ServiceLocator.
  • Lots of minor improvements and bug fixes. Check out complete list of changes for details.
We slightly updated our samples:
  • ASP.NET sample handles concurrent update checks relying on our new Entity.GetVersion() method. To test this, try to edit the same entity from two different pages.
  • WPF sample got skin and WPF validation support.
There is much better installer and integration with MSBuild:
  • No need to install PostSharp or something else.
  • No more installation into GAC, so your bin folders will contain binaries fully ready for deployment with XCopy
  • We use new way of integration with MSBuild allowing you to make a project based on DO4 fully "XCopyable" - you won't need to install DO4 to compile it on another PC.
  • There are new project templates - they're much better for beginners
  • You can copy DO4 to another PC without installer now. Just XCopy it and run Install.bat; Uninstall.bat will remove it.
Notes for v4.X users: 
  • You must modify your existing .csproj files while switching to this version.
  • We recommend you to uninstall all third-party tools installed by previous versions of DO4 before switching to v4.1. At least, we don't need any of them now.