Using Fluent Nhibernate, LINQ and SQLite in ASP.NET MVC 3 Project

1. Create a new MVC 3 project

First download and install MVC3 RC
[ASP.NET MVC 3 RC]. ASP.NET MVC 3 can be installed side by side with ASP.NET MVC2 so MVC 2 doesn't need to be uninstalled for v3 to run. After installing v 3.0 create a new ASP.NET MVC 3 project. For this tutorial I will be using the Razor View Engine.

2. Download Nhibernate 3.0

3. Setup Fluent Nhibernate to Use LINQ

- Run the following command to get the latest Fluent Nhibernate source – assuming git is in your PATH.
git clone git:// fluent-nhibernate
Add the Fluent Nhibernate VS.NET project located in [Path]\fluent-nhibernate\src\FluentNHibernate\ to your ASP.NET MVC 3 project.
- Convert the Fluent Nhibernate project to target

- Remove all Nhibernate 2.0 library references from Fluent NHibernate project. In particular you might be interested in the follwoing libraries – NHibernate, Iesi.Collections, Antlr3.Runtime.
- Add the NHibernate v3 libraries – all libraries removed in earlier step – to the project and build it.

4. Use NHibernate 3 LINQ

NHibernate defines the LINQ specific functionalities in
NHibernate.Linq. Here is a sample code that shows how to use LINQ in NHibernate.

using NHibernate;
using NHibernate.Linq;


public ActionResult Edit(Post updatedPost)
      ISession session = SQLiteUtil.SessionFactory.OpenSession();
      IQueryable<Post> postRepository = session.Query<Post>();
      Post oldPost = postRepository.Single(post => post.Id == updatedPost.Id);

      if (ModelState.IsValid)
            oldPost.Title = updatedPost.Title;
            oldPost.Body = updatedPost.Body;
            oldPost.CreatedBy = updatedPost.CreatedBy;

            return RedirectToAction("Index");
      return View(updatedPost);

5. Use SQLite

In order to use SQLite in our project, download the .NET driver from
here. Reference the Dlls from your ASP.NET MVC 3 project.

Hope you enjoy the post. Happy coding!!