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My rambling thoughts on exploring the .NET framework and related technologies

Well, having posted about my excitement over discovering ASP.NET Dynamic Data (ADD), I spent the last couple of weeks digging deep into it, and have eventually come to the conclusion that it was a great idea, but ultimately of little use. I mentioned a few misgivings in that previous post, and I've added a few more to the list. All in all, I don't see me using this technology much.

Having spent so much time on it, I had about ten blog posts in my head, explaining what I'd learnt, but I guess they stay in the recesses of my mind until they fade away into synaptic relapse.

This post explains why I'm moving on.

Sunday, 19 September 2010 15:40:07 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

I recently discovered Microsoft ASP.NET Dynamic Data(or ADD for short). I know, some would say I'm slow off the mark, but I never have time to keep up with all the new technologies MS are putting out. Anyway, this one looked interesting, so I decided to devote some time to investigating it. I must say I was (to quote the vernacular), somewhat gob-smacked by it! One of the reasons it took me so long to get around to looking at this was that MS seem to have forgotten to promote it. Even the Dynamic Data section of the www.asp.net web site (when you can find it) doesn't really tell you what it's about. One look at that would be enough to make me yawn and go somewhere else.

If you've written any reasonable sized database-driven web sites, then you'll know that the painful bit is writing a whole pile of administration pages so that the site owner can maintain the site. You end up doing almost exactly the same thing over and over again. When you've done it for the 97th time, you really wonder why there isn't a better way.

Well, now there is - maybe. Enter ASP.NET Dynamic Data. Now you can have a fully-featured CRUD web site in seconds (no, not an exaggeration).

In this post, I explain what it's about, and why you should have a look.

Monday, 06 September 2010 16:27:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)