On Being the "NHibernate Mafia"

Campbell, if this “NHibernate Mafia” thing sticks, I’m coming for you.  I’ve got a Canadian passport and a US visa.  I can slip over the border in the middle of the night and be back before dawn without anyone knowing I was there.  Except for the immigration tracking systems of two first world nations… but that’s beside the point.

I’m the first person I know who put NHibernate into production (alpha v0.3), and did so on a financial app, so I like to think of myself as the Don of the NHibernate Mafia.  Unfortunately, I was unseated from the Don position ten minutes later at NHibernate v0.4 when Ayende got in the game.  My once renowned command of NHibernate knowledge has been thoroughly trounced by practically everyone who has adopted the framework since.

Richard introduced most of the band on the Entity Framework DNR episode, but neglected to point out a few key players were part of the encampment.

In addition to James Kovacs, Jeffrey Palermo, Jean-Paul Boodhoo, and myself, there were others present, including Jeremy Miller on sax, Dave Laribee on fiddle, Raymond Lewallen‘s baritone croon, and Sam Gentile on keys (who isn’t presently an NH user, but does use Wilson’s framework which shares similar design values).  I’m going to go ahead and claim Gregor Hohpe for our team as well since he was sitting right next to us and was nodding at some of our feedback… although he could have just been nodding off… hard to say at this point.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that we’re officially changing the name of the band back to its original name, “The TDD Mafia”.  In fact, we never were “The NHibernate Mafia”.  That was just a clerical error on Richard’s part.  We may have sung a couple NHibernate arias at the Summit, but they were all part of the greater TDD opera.

We use NHibernate because it doesn’t obstruct us from doing Test-Driven Development, so we’ve never really been an NHibernate Mafia at all.  I was once an NHibernate Muffaletta, but being a backup singer in an all-girl doo-wap band just wasn’t my Cup<T>.

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