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The Castle Project/MonoRail

If you do any Web development whatsoever then you have most likely heard of Ruby on Rails. Ruby is a dynamic programming language and Rails is a framework for Web development. It's analogous to saying C# on ASP.NET. Well, the Rails framework is impressive to me in its own right. Even after just hearing some friends discuss it, my mind immediately began to try to apply the ideas to .NET. Luckily, I stumbled across the Castle Project. Castle is a rich, open source project that offers a great many things. One of those things is MonoRail, a port of Rails to the .NET framework.

Rails and MonoRail are both built around the Model-View-Controller pattern. (As opposed to the Page Controller pattern that ASP.NET claims to built around.)

My initial forays into MonoRail have been promising and I really hope the project's community continues to grow.  

I will warn you, if you begin to play with MonoRail you will begin to hate the Page lifecycle in ASP.NET.


Posted 09-20-2006 9:33 PM by Christopher Bennage

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