Friday, August 29, 2008

ADO.NET with IronPython for ASP.NET

The ARtyProg has posted an example of working with databases (specifically using ADO.NET) with IronPython and ASP.NET. The blog entry is little more than a big code example, but if you're looking for an example of ADO.NET or are getting started with ASP.NET for IronPython it should be useful:
It's good to see some blog entries of people using IronPython with ASP.NET (Christian has written a great chapter about it in IronPython in Action of course). Personally I feel ambivalent about ASP.NET. Its 'page-by-page' model seems to be fine for simple forms, but not a very good way of creating applications. ASP.NET MVC looks worlds better (Rails and Django even more so of course).

On the other hand ASP.NET is massively used (possibly the most widely used web development framework), and people aren't going to switch over to ASP.NET MVC in any great proportion for probably years to come. If they're going to use ASP.NET then they might as well at least use IronPython.

Although ASP.NET standard is still 'supported' (the MVC framework is still in beta), and probably will be for some time to come, Microsoft have been focusing their dynamic language integration on MVC and have been 'quiet' about development of the current IronPython integration into ASP. If more people are vocal about using it this could encourage them to be a bit more public about their plans.

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