Create ASP code for your database with ASPRunner: This is pretty good software. I downloaded the demo, walked through the wizard, and within 3 minutes (from download to finished interface) I had a complete set of pages to view, edit, add, print, search, and export a database table on my SQL Server.
Of course, I’m too anal retentive about my stuff to actually use it, but this makes me want to get therapy so I could loosen up a bit.
ASPRunner Professional creates a set of ASP pages to access and modify Oracle, SQL Server, MS Access , DB2, MySQL, or FileMaker databases, or any other ODBC datasource. Using generated ASP pages, users can search, sort, edit, delete and add data into a database.
The wizard gives you tons of configuration options about how you want to interface to appear, and I think you could build it so no one would even know it was generated.
At $249, it’s little spendy, but how many hours of programming will it save, and how much are those hours worth? (Better yet, how many hours can you bill the client for?)
This would be great for prototyping. I hate building admin interfaces, especially when requirements are still up in the air (like they always are). On this note, see my review of the phpMyAdmn book for ways you can get that interface to do the same thing.
Does anyone know of a PHP version of a tool like this? (Update: Since this entry was written, PHPRunner has been released for PHP/MySQL platforms.)
Finally, I’ve been seeing a lot of hype about automatic code generation in general. There’s an entire book on it, in fact. I’ve been meaning to read it.