S#arpLite: "At least one ISessionFactory has not been registered with IoC", Darn with the redirections...


Yesterday I installed ASP .NET MVC 4 beta so I can play with it for a couple days. To be honest, I haven't built one simple app because I haven't had the time to do it, but I popped up my Visual Studio 2010 today and booted a S#arp lite project from the template. As usual, I made my move to Fluent nHibernate but when I loaded the project:

After spending a couple hours digging my way into my machine and debugging I went into the S#arp Lite discussion group and found this post of somebody having the same issue, finally the last answer hit the nail:

Have you installed MVC4 on you machine? If yes, check reference in Init project, it references MVC4 whereas Web project references MVC3.

Mmmmm... I did... so I tried this...

 <assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Mvc" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" />
 <bindingRedirect oldVersion="" newVersion="" />

VoilĂ ! It works now... Darn with the redirections...

Introducing Lucene2Objects


I've been playing with Lucene .NET for over 2 years now. It all started as part of my incorporation to a NLP investigation group and my first task was to look into Lucene since nobody was using it. I was baffled with the strength that Lucene had, besides, the biggest players were using it! Now that I’ve get to know it a bit better I see why so many people use it, put simple: It’s awesome! However, Lucene does have a problem which is the learning curve. Wrapping your head around the concept of documents, queries, analyzers and how to get a pseudo efficient search working are a few of the issues with using Lucene on a project.

Enter Lucene2Objects, my basic idea is to make a simple interface into Lucene for those developers wanting to incorporate search annotations into the domain model. Now, let’s take an example of a system handling messages (of the “Hi! How do you do?” kind, not the WM_PAINT kind), is most probably that users would like to search for something inside their messages. A (very) basic approach gives us a simple class:

public class Message
 public int Id { get; set; }

 public string Text { get; set; }

 public string Title { get; set; }

 public DateTime Sent { get; set; }

This is neat, but if I want to implement search I can either use the services provided by my DB backend as Full Text Indexing from SQL Server (which is awesome by the way, but lacks some other cool stuff) but the biggest problem is that we would then be fixing (or tightly coupling, for the fan boys of OOP/IoC/SOLID) the data store to the solution of finding a text, which is almost definitely a bad thing.

Now, if we want to use Lucene, we need to make a few configuration stuff, learn some stuff about indexing, tokenizers, analyzers and a huge list of stuff that some folks (me included) find amusing, but others find really boring (not to mention those who find it daunting). But imagine a world where you could do something like this:

var iWriter = new IndexWriter(Environment.CurrentDirectory + @"\index");
var message = new Message { Id = 12, Sent = DateTime.Now, 
                            Text = "Some text on the message!", 
                            Title = "This is the title" 

Cool uh? Just point a folder and save. Nice! Well, and how would I search for stuff on that folder? Easy piece

var iReader = new IndexReader(Environment.CurrentDirectory + @"\index");
var messages = iReader.Search<Message>("text");

foreach (var message in messages) {
 Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", message.Title);

Fine! And how does my model knows where to search? What to index? What not to index? Well, validations were a similar issue, so, why not give it a similar solution? Just annotate away!

[SearchableEntity(DefaultSearchProperty = "Text")]
public class Message
 public int Id { get; set; }

 public string Text { get; set; }

 public string Title { get; set; }

 public DateTime Sent { get; set; }

 public DateTime? Read { get; set; }

If you liked that way of handling things with Lucene, you’ll love Lucene2Objects. Keep in mind however, that I’m the only person working with this idea, so if you like it and want to put something into it, let me know! For now, I’ll leave the Lucene2Objects as a package in Nuget, so you can play with it. I’ll put it into my BitBucket repo this week along with my Scaffolders for SharpLite.

SharpLite scaffolding is out! (beta)


This simple post is to show how to gt started using s small Scaffolder I made for SharpLite projects. It takes as input a contoller name and generates the controller to use with a SharpLite repository and the views using the regular Mvc3 scaffolding from Steven Sanderson. As a disclaimer, my code is just some tweaks different from the actual scaffolder from Steven Sanderson, and I haven't tested it too much so don't take this as a final product. I will, however keep working on this as time goes by and hopefully we may add some more new stuff!

Ok, enough of that! Just install the package from the NuGet feed...

Install-Package SharpLite.Scaffolding

Fire up your Package Manager Console and assuming you have an entity called Product and you want to make your own controller to manage products, just type:

 Scaffold slController ProductsController 

That's it! This is a quite quick and dirty Scaffolder, but as I said, I will keep doing some more stuff into it. If you have any doubts or issues, feel free to comment or just send me a mail.

EDIT: For those of you who want to check out the source code of the scaffolders and follow the project, the code is hosted here