Friday, April 17, 2009

Behind the times with NHibernate 2

I am so behind the times ... NHibernate 2.0.1 GA was released last fall and 2.1.0 Alphas are coming out. In the mean time, Hibernate.org has been subsumed by Redhat's JBoss. The url www.hibernate.org doesn't take you anywhere useful, and following the javascript menu to projects / services / hibernate still doesn't get you anywhere - pure garbage. It is clear that JBoss wants to sell you their enterprise build of Hibernate instead (that "Products" link works).

I have been so busy with my day job that I haven't been keeping up. I work at a hospital, supporting Cerner Millenium - writing CCL, Perl, Python, Microsoft SQL (occasionally), and a bit of C#.

Cerner CCL is a proprietary language that feels like a mash-up of Fortran IV and and an arcane dialect of SQL from 1976. The language used to run on VMS servers, but we have migrated to HP-UX, and I am OVERJOYED to have a choice of using a posix shell, ksh or csh. Also, I recently discovered that CCL allows me to map C library functions into the language. So far we have used this to allow file open, close, read, write and seek.

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