LIDNUG’s quarterly Scott Guthrie interactive QA session…

…is this Thursday! If you fancy posing any questions to Scott Guthrie regarding pretty much anything to do with .NET, you’ll have a great chance to do it this Thursday here. Attendance is completely free and no registration is required. There might even be some freebie license giveaways as well (but no guarantees on this front!).

The link above should be all the details you need, but if you need anything more, drop me a line.

Scott Guthrie’s talk on LIDNUG

Finished the webcast a couple of hours ago. Great session with lots of interesting questions and answers – thanks Scott!

The most important question from my point of view (and judging by the number of people that asked it, not just me – this was by far the most common one), was Scott’s take on Linq to SQL and how it sits alongside Entity Framework – and what’s the future of L2S. Whilst Scott doesn’t work directly on the ADO .NET team, he was able to largely answer this anyway:

L2S is definitely a part of the future of .NET and that they have no plans to kill it off (at the moment!). Microsoft see Entity Framework as hopefully taking a number of the best bits out of L2S and incorporating them into EF (which should be included in .NET 4), but they also plan on keeping L2S going, too. He also addressed for the much-publicised blog that the ADO .NET team put out which has been largely mis-interpreted by the public – they never meant to suggest that L2S is dead. He also mentioned that they will be putting a new blog post out in the near future addressing this issue further.

So, glad that’s been cleared up 🙂

For what it’s worth – I see L2S as being an excellent ORM tool for rapid application development, small applications, prototypes etc. – essentially anything where you are working with e.g. a 1-to-1 mapping between your database and your domain model – whilst you might prefer to look at EF for more complex object models. However, from what I have seen of EF (which admittedly is not a great deal) and from other blogs out there, there’s still much work to be done on it before it’s going to be adopted by the majority of the L2S crowd.

Welcome to LIDNUG!

So, I’ve recently been invited to join the admin team of the Linked In .NET User Group (LIDNUG)! I’m a member on a couple of .NET groups on LinkedIn, and the rest of the guys at LIDNUG thought it might be handy to have an admin who actually is awake during GMT hours, since the rest of the team are either in the US or AU.

LIDNUG is one of, if not the largest .NET developer user group on LinkedIn (and perhaps just in general) with 20,000+ members. I didn’t realise just how popular it was until recently, and we have some great online demos and presentation sessions lined up – including one by Scott Guthrie at some point in May!

If you’re interested, please do drop by and register on the main site, or if you’re already on LinkedIn then the user group there. The discussions on the LinkedIn group are (mostly) of a pretty good standard and we are generally pretty quick in removing spam and job adverts.