The training flavor of the week this week is ASP.NET… 2003. Stepping back I really appreciate where VS2005/.NET 2.0 has taken me. What is the point in this WYSIWYG wobber if it doesn’t do the repetitive stuff for you. Granted, you would want to build some dlls to minimize your typing if you were stuck with these older versions, but you are already clinging to the MS framework in the first place why should you stucco over their vinyl siding? In the long run it wont stick anyway. So for those of you using 2003 (and can’t upgrade) you should go download the Database Access Application Block from MS if you haven’t already.
This makes it painfully apparent how one gets caught in the MS ‘deploy, upgrade, repeat’ cycle that has built their empire.
So what I would like to see is an equivalent project in Mono. A Mono web frame work. I seem to remember seeing something around. If you know where it is let me know. I would bet that the Mono version would be much more keen on using design patterns and actually making things reasonably easy yet powerful that way.