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# Friday, 07 October 2011

The current implementation using SynchroVisible and With fails when there is more than three chart to synchronize. So I modified the code and added a central agent to keep in synch more charts. We just need to define an instance of it as a resource:


        <ddd:MultiChartSynchronizer x:Key="mainSynchro"/>

and then “subscribe” each chart to keep in synch with:

<ddd:ChartPlotter x:Name="price" ddd:SynchroVisible.Axis="X" 
ddd:SynchroVisible.Using="{StaticResource mainSynchro}"
LegendVisibility="Hidden" NewLegendVisible="False" Grid.Row="1">

obviously we can have multiple instance of synchronizer object to create more context in which chart align.

You can find and follow this project on Bitbucket.

Friday, 07 October 2011 17:24:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] - Trackback
D3 | WPF

# Thursday, 06 October 2011

One of the most important feature to make a data based application reactive is to limit the resultset returned to the GUI. This is usually done in two places: the service implementation that must support some ranking strategy, and the GUI itself that has to leverage these features to show the user just the portion he need ( or he see ). I implemented an almost generic solution for WPF at work that leverage Linfu.DynamicProxy. The strategy consist in filling the (observable)collection with some fake objects that by interception drive the underlying data source to fetch the items in pages just when the user actually see them. I like that solution, but it introduces an extra dependency that I prefer to avoid, and indeed the proxy feature I need are so simple that an entire fully fledged library is too much. So I started a project that aims to be:

  • Zero dependency
  • Single file ( can add to your project without referencing any dll )
  • Never blocking the GUI
  • Easy to use
  • Data source independent
  • MVVM friendly

Here is the first start if you want to see, and contribute with ideas and suggestions. The name stays for Flyweight pattern Fetching strategy. The current solution is under development, don’t download if you need a running solution. I usually post just when things are in some way usable, this is an exercise for me too: presenting a work at its very early stages, in the hope to have contributions to create something *better* Smile

Update: here is some progress

Thursday, 06 October 2011 21:12:40 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] - Trackback
CodeProject | MVVM | WPF

# Wednesday, 28 September 2011

This is just an example helper class to create a generic IResultTransformer that allow us to convert an NHibernate result into a string[] suitable for generating a CSV. Nothing advanced, just some basic stuff and a fluent interface syntax. Let’see the class:

class CsvTransformer<T>:IResultTransformer
        List<Func<T, string>> mappers = new List<Func<T,string>>();
        Func<object,T> elemSelector = k=>(T)((object[])k)[0];
        public CsvTransformer()
        #region IResultTransformer Members

        public System.Collections.IList TransformList(System.Collections.IList collection)
            List<string[]> csv = new List<string[]>();
            foreach (object elem in collection)
                List<string> row = new List<string>();
                foreach (var map in mappers)
            return csv;

        public object TransformTuple(object[] tuple, string[] aliases)
            return tuple;

        public CsvTransformer<T> Extract(Func<object, T> elemSelector)
            this.elemSelector = elemSelector;
            return this;
        public CsvTransformer<T> Map(Func<T, string> map)
            return this;


And an example usage can be:


We can also customize how to extract data from the NHibernate returned tuple by using the .Extract method.

Easy to use and to embed as a stand alone file in our projects. What about having something similar integrating AutoMapper ?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:47:56 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] - Trackback

# Tuesday, 27 September 2011

NHibernate QueryOver is a new API ( from version 3.0 )  that allow to create queries the ICriteria way, but with lambda expressions instead of raw strings. With QueryOver we have the benefit of intellisense and the code is refactoring friendly. At the moment one reference can be found on this blog post. Something not so obvious to do is a query over a portion of a date property, for instance all the entities in a certain month, and so on. Let’s have an example considering this simple entity:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<hibernate-mapping xmlns="urn:nhibernate-mapping-2.2"  assembly="MyAssembly" namespace="MyAssembly.MyNamespace">
  <class name="Item" table="Items">
    <id name="Id"  type="Int64">
      <generator class="native"/>
    <property type="AnsiString" name="Code" length="32"></property>
    <property type="DateTime" name="StartDate"></property>

And suppose we want to fetch all the entities having start date in the year 2011, with QueryOver we write:

var result = session.QueryOver<Item>()
                    , NHibernateUtil.Int32
                    , Projections.Property<Item>(item => item.StartDate)


that yield the following query ( with MSSQL 2005 dialect ):

        this_.Id as Id21_0_,
        this_.Code as Code21_0_,
        this_.StartDate as StartDate21_0_
        Items this_
        datepart(year, this_.StartDate) = @p0;
    @p0 = 2011 [Type: Int32 (0)]


obviously we can select a projection with a portion of the date to, suppose we want to fetch the day of all item in a certain date range, we can write:

var session = NHHelper.Instance.CurrentSession;
               var result = session.QueryOver<Item>()
              .WhereRestrictionOn(k => k.StartDate).IsBetween(dlow)
                                   , NHibernateUtil.Int32
                                   , Projections.Property<Item>(p => p.StartDate)


obtaining the following query:

        this_.StartDate) as y0_
        Items this_
        this_.StartDate between @p0 and @p1;
    @p0 = 01/09/2011 00:00:00 [Type: DateTime (0)], @p1 = 29/09/2011 00:00:00 [Type: DateTime (0)]


These are really common situation when we have to fill-up gui elements, and with these tricks we can write optimal and fast queries.


As pointed by Vahid ( Thanks a lot ! ) in the comment, with the latest version ( NH 3.2 ) things are easier since there is a shortcut for dateparts as projection extension, so the first sample became:



and the second one:


                   .Select(k=>k.StartDate.DayPart() )
surely better, and this is the way to go with newer NH versions, and producing of course the same DB queries.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:48:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] - Trackback
NHibernate | QueryOver

# Friday, 09 September 2011

This post is an exercise, similar to this and this previous posts about using NHibernate  mapping by code new features present form version 3.2. The source inspiring it is an old post form Ayende, showing a non trivial requirement to map.

Here the DB model:

And the wanted object model:

So there is a lot of comments about DB refactoring needing, or on needing to have the linking entity as a visible entity in the model, but:

  • I like the idea of collapsing the linking entity.
  • I suppose that the DB is untouchable, as frequently happens.

Ayende solves the trouble by the <join/> mapping having an entity spawning two tables, so Address will be represented by joining the Table Address and PeopleAddress.

This can be done very easily in Mapping by code too, lets see how:


ModelMapper mapper = new ModelMapper();
            mapper.Class<Person>(m =>
                    m.Id(k => k.Id,g=>g.Generator(Generators.Native));
                    m.Property(k => k.Name);
                    m.Bag(k => k.Addresses, t => 


            mapper.Class<Address>(m =>
                    m.Id(k => k.Id, g => g.Generator(Generators.Native));
                    m.Property(p => p.City);

                    m.Join("PeopleAddresses", z => 
z.Property(p => p.IsDefault);
z.Property(p => p.ValidFrom);
z.Property(p => p.ValidTo);
z.Key(k => k.Column("PersonId"));

That yield  the following mapping:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<hibernate-mapping xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="" namespace="TestMappingByCode" assembly="TestMappingByCode" xmlns="urn:nhibernate-mapping-2.2">
  <class name="Person" table="People">
    <id name="Id" type="Int32">
      <generator class="native" />
    <property name="Name" />
    <bag name="Addresses" table="PeopleAddresses" inverse="true">
      <key column="PersonId" />
      <many-to-many class="Address" column="AddressId" />
  <class name="Address" table="Addresses">
    <id name="Id" type="Int32">
      <generator class="native" />
    <property name="City" />
    <join table="PeopleAddresses">
      <key column="PersonId" />
      <property name="IsDefault" />
      <property name="ValidFrom" />
      <property name="ValidTo" />


Exactly the ones that Ayende proposed. As you can see is pretty straightforward map even a not so common situation.

Friday, 09 September 2011 11:59:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] - Trackback
NH Mapping By Code | NHibernate | ORM

# Friday, 02 September 2011

In this post we done some effort in automatically generate the mapping based on convention, but we miss a very common one: table names is usually the pluralized entity name. This is usually done by using an inflector. Thanks to Stack Overflow, I found this question about it, and choose that one, that is a single easily embeddable file. So we modify a little our AutoMapper class as below:

void AutoMapper_BeforeMapClass(IModelInspector modelInspector, Type type, IClassAttributesMapper classCustomizer)
           // Create the column name as "c"+EntityName+"Id"
           classCustomizer.Id(k => 
                                   k.Generator(Generators.Native); k.Column("c" + type.Name + "Id"); 


And this is all, the generated mapping will change as:

<hibernate-mapping xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:x=""
sd="" namespace="MappingByCode" assembly="Mappin
gByCode" xmlns="urn:nhibernate-mapping-2.2">
  <class name="SimpleEntity" table="SimpleEntities">
    <id name="Id" column="cSimpleEntityId" type="Int32">
      <generator class="native" />
    <property name="Description">
      <column name="txtSimpleEntityDescr" sql-type="AnsiString" />
    <many-to-one name="Referred" column="cReferredId" />

Just for better sharing, I published this “laboratory” project here.

Friday, 02 September 2011 14:42:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] - Trackback
NH Mapping By Code | NHibernate | ORM

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