ActionPack for Your DAL: It’s Slicker Than Hot Poi

My good buddy Rob Connery, of Commerce Starter Kit fame, has started a groovy new project on CodePlex called ASP.NET ActionPack. ActionPack consists of a set of ORM tools, code generation and dynamic query tools.

Inspired by the magic of Ruby on Rails, ActionPack provides a BuildProvider that reads your database and creates all the objects (and strongly-typed collections) you need to get rolling. It even wraps your stored procedures and creates accessor methods for them (returning readers). They have also rolled in Rails Scaffolding, providing you with a full-blown editor, in seconds.

Rob emailed me a link to this awesome screencast about ActionPack, in which he demonstrates how to easily you can (begin to) take advantage of the project. Yes, expect more.

If you, like me, are a bit suspicious of ORM but you LOVE da kine POI, this is the project for you. Rob says, "We are not ORM freaks. We don't think that everything needs to happen through our object model into your database."

For good measure, he then adds, "Good ole da kine poi...gotta have 3 big mojo cases of the stuff."

Rob is a Microsoft MVP who lives and codes in one of the loveliest places on earth (when it's not raining;-): Hanalei, Kauai, Hawai'i.

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