ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5


If you have been keeping your eyes on the ASP .NET MVC project you will be interested to know that Preview 5 has been released.

Here a few things from the release notes:

This ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 is an interim release that contains some new features and some feature improvements for which the ASP.NET MVC team would like to receive feedback from the community. As always, feel free to provide feedback on the ASP.NET MVC forums.
Note: Before you run the ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 installer, be sure to uninstall any earlier previews of ASP.NET MVC that you might have installed. In addition, close all instances of Visual Studio 2008.
The following issues are addressed in this release (see the Release Notes for more detail on any changes)

  • Html Helpers need to look into ModelState to get attempted value
  • Add a convenience overload for Html.ActionLink
  • Need friendly exception for UpdateModel type conversion errors.
  • UpdateModel needs to report a message when a property setter throws an exception

Pick up this release here

Tulsa TechFest October 9th and 10th 2008: Registration Open


Great news the new site for this years Tulsa TechFest is up and registration is open!

What is the Tulsa TechFest? 

The Tulsa TechFest is a technical conference with currently the broadest topics in the United States, maybe the world. Covering everything enterprise architecture, software/web development, databases, project management, data security and this year for the first time - graphic/web design.


The primary focus is to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. We accomplish this with over 60 national/international speakers and 90 to 120 75 minute sessions.


The Tulsa TechFest is also a charitable non-profit event that has helped out in the community.  This year they are charging admittance of 2 can or 2 bucks.  All canned food will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and all proceeds will be donated to the Family & Children's Services.

Who is Presenting?

Check out this partial list of speakers for this years events.


For more information and full schedule and tracks listing head on over to and don’t forget to register.

NWA .NET User Group: New Venue for Dennis J. Bottjer - Tips for Improving SharePoint Performance

The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group has gone big time!!!! For several months we have been struggling to find a good venue. We moved to the Jones center, but the room we got still was not working out the way we wanted. The awesome staff at the The Jones Center did a great job getting us setup and now will be meeting in the "Chapel". The new venue can hold 337 members with theater seating and a big screen, we have also hired the on-site caterer to provide meals each meeting. So, if you have been tired of eating pizza and have been wanting better seating we now have it.

This months meeting Dennis J, Bottjer will be presenting Tips for Improving SharePoint Performance.

Description: A discussion for SharePoint Developers, Administrators and Solutions Architects focused on improving Internet and intranet performance. Tips will discuss a wide range of topics from adjusting out of the box settings to identifying memory leaks in custom code. This discussion will benefit anyone currently design a SharePoint implementation!

Presenter: Dennis J. Bottjer is a Software Solutions Architect, for Microsoft Gold Partner SpringPoint Technologies, in Tulsa, OK. He is a Microsoft ASP/ASP.NET MVP. He previously worked for one of the largest US based Financial Services Companies on the FORTUNE 100. He has an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma. Dennis served for two years as the President of the Jacksonville Developers User Group.

Inside Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 ($49.99)
Inside Office SharePoint Server ($44.99)
Professional Team Foundation Server ($39.99)
Hunting Security Bugs ($49.99)
JetBrains ReSharper ($199)
CodeSmith Studio ($99)
Infragistics NetAdvantage Suite ($999)
Windows Vista Ultimate ($319.99)

September 2, 2008
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Welcome and News, Sign-in and Food
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Lighting Presentation
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM - Intermission - Presenter switch over
6:10 PM - 7:30 PM - Main Presentation
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Closing and Prize give-a-ways

The Jones Center
922 East Emma Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764
Room 100

NetMeeting URL:

Everyone mark you calendars and get ready to see the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group to the next level!

Fluent NHibernate LiveMeeting Chat

Last night I sat in on a LiveMeeting session hosted by Chad Myers and Zach Young, both Chad and Zach have both been working with others on the Fluent NHibernate project.  This was an awesome discussion and Chad did a great job demonstrating NHibernate and how Fluent NHibernate is trying to fill the gap for programmatically create the NHibernate configuration instead of creating the XML files.

As Chad explained Fluent NHibernate is an API for creating NHibernate mappings programmatically instead of using XML configuration files. Its goal is to reduce the difficulties faced when incorporating NHibernate in a project by providing improved readability, testing capabilities, and compile time safety.

I have just started trying to learn NHibernate and after working through a few projects definitely can see how a lot of time is creating the XML configuration and mapping files.  After viewing what Fluent NHibernate I plan on working through a few of the applications and convert them to see how well it works.

Related post by Chad Myers:
     Fluent NHibernate – Configuration
Related post by Zach Young:
     Does the Fluent NHibernate create static XML mapping files? 

The NHibernate Project
The Fluent NHibernate Project 

James Gregory also has a great article Introducing the Fluent NHibernate

Jeffry Palermo: TDD, DI, Soc with ASP .NET MVC TONIGHT!!!

Don't forget that Jeffry Palermo is speaking tonight at a special Nwa .NET User Group meeting.  He will be speaking about TDD, DI, and Soc with ASP .NET MVC.

Description: Spelled out, it is test-driven development, dependency injection, and separation of concerns with Active Server Pages .Net Model View Controller.  This talk will dive into how to design a presentation layer using ASP.NET MVC.  In today's industry, TDD, DI, and SoC are proven concepts that lead to more maintainable applications.  Along with demonstrating how to use these techniques with ASP.NET MVC, we will discuss just what concerns should be separated.  This talk provides a unique perspective on separation of concerns and uses TDD and DI to make it happen.  MvcContrib is used in all the demos.

Presenter: Jeffrey Palermo is a software management consultant and the CTO of Headspring Systems in Austin, TX. Jeffrey specializes in Agile coaching and helps companies double the productivity of software teams. Jeffrey is an MCSD.Net , Microsoft MVP, Certified Scrummaster, Austin .Net User Group leader, AgileAustin board member, INETA speaker, INETA Membership Mentor, Christian, husband, father, motorcyclist, Eagle Scout, U.S. Army Veteran, and Texas A&M University graduate.

Subscribe to Jeffrey’s blog feed here:

When: August 14, 2008 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Welcome and News, Sign-in and Food 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Lighting Presentation 6:00 PM - 6:10 PM - Intermission – Presenter switch over 6:10 PM – 7:30 PM – Main Presentation 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Closing and Prize give-a-ways

Where: The Jones Center 922 East Emma Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 Room 113

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