Because there is so little information about VB.Net and (Fluent) NHibernate to be found, I decided to write this question to all other developers finding themselves looking for more information.
One of the things I had to struggle with was how to Ignore properties in NHibernate.
The reason I had to ignore properties was because we used a Webserivce which cannot serialize Interface classes (ILists). Which are used a lot with NHibernate.
So we had to ignore some properties from NHibernate and let those properties convert the IList objects to List objects which could be used in Webservice.
We couldn't find any good translation from this C# code to VB.Net:
map.IgnoreProperty(x => x.YourProperty);
Make a new class which implements DefaultAutomappingConfiguration
Imports FluentNHibernate.Automapping Public Class AutomapperConvention Inherits DefaultAutomappingConfiguration Public Overrides Function ShouldMap(ByVal member As FluentNHibernate.Member) As Boolean 'When the the mapper finds a List object it ignores the mapping you can make your own choices here' If (member.PropertyType.IsGenericType AndAlso Not (member.PropertyType.IsInterface)) Then Return False Else Return MyBase.ShouldMap(member) End If End Function End Class
Add the AutomapperConvention here:
'Custom automapping to make the automapper find the correct id's (entityname + "Id") Dim mappingConfig As New AutomapperConvention() Dim model As New FluentNHibernate.Automapping.AutoPersistenceModel(mappingConfig)