Fluent NHibernate Joined Subclass in Separate Assemblies

System.TypeLoadException: Could not load type 'Application.Entites.xCustomer' from assembly 'Application.Core.Entites, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'..

Which makes sense xCustomer is not defined in the Core library. I took my quandary to the NHibernate Users mailing list and StackOverflow. After some helpful suggestions and pointers, I discovered that the solution was so obvious that I am somewhat embarrassed that I couldn't see it.

The hibernate-mapping attributes assembly and namespace are convenient short cuts that allow you to not have to fully qualify your class names. This lets you have the nice mark up , but the name attribute of both class and joined-subclass elements can take a fully qualified assembly name as well.

So the above broken mapping file can be fixed like so:

<joined-subclass name="Application.XTend.CustomerName.Entities.xCustomer,
                 Application.XTend.CustomerName.Entities, Version=,
                 Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null"
  <key column="CustomerId" />
  <property name="CustomerType" column="CustomerType" length="255"
            type="String" not-null="true">
    <column name="CustomerType" />

This works as I expected it to. So I then took a look at the Fluent-NHibernate source and created a patch complete with working unit tests to resolve the issue and submitted it to the project.

So at the end of the day, I learned something about NHibernate and the Fluent-NHibernate team got a patch to resolve and obscure bug.

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