so it would have been impossible to switch out to another ORM (not
that we wanted to)).
That seems wrong. A major advantage of the repository pattern is that you hide the data access logic and that it is easily exchangeable.
So far it feels as though I put my business logic in my domain model
and via repositories I would work with the ORM (which ever I chose).
However, if I wanted to continue to use the MDA tool for the ORM part
of the application, the model created here would be very anemic (i.e
not contain any business logic). Similarly if I used Entity framework
(.net) or NHibernate for my ORM it too would be an anemic model.? I am
not sure where you would put the business logic if I just used
An anemic domain model is considered a bad practice by many, for example by Martin Fowler. You should avoid such a design because such a model leads to procedural design techniques rather than a good object oriented design. You then have data classes and manager/processing classes which means you separated state and behaviour. But an object really should be "state and behaviour".
NHibernate does a great job at persistence ignorance. You can hide away the mapping details in XML or with FluentNHibernate and just write plain POCOs. It's very easy to create a rich domain model with NHibernate. I think you can do that with entity framework and the MDA tool, too. As long as this tool produces partial classes you can extend the generated code pretty easily without having to worry that a new generation might destroy your user-written code.
To cut this long story short. When you use NHibernate, nothing, I repeat nothing, stops you from embracing a rich domain model. I recommend using it with FluentNHibernate and mapping by hand. The mapping code takes only 5 to 10 minutes to write. I suppose that the very same is true for entity framework and that its tools at least create partial classes that are easily extensible.
Am I correct in thinking this way, in other words with DDD all the
business logic in the domain and just use the ORM for persistence via
For the most part you are correct. You should have a rich domain model. Especially when things become more and more complex, it's easier to maintain and extend when you've designed it properly. But do keep in mind that DDD also knows (Domain Layer and Application Layer) Services to implement business logic and Factories to encapsulate creational logic.
I also tend to differentiate business logic into domain logic and actual application business logic. The domain logic is how the domain interacts and behaves while the application logic, which is a completely different layer, encapsulates how the domain is used for the specific use-case/application. Often times I have to update the domain model to support specific use cases and to make it more powerful.