Thursday, June 29, 2006

Microsoft BLINQ

Does Microsoft hate developers :) Check out BLINQ and you would get that feeling yourself [pun intended].

  • Blinq is a tool for generating ASP.NET websites for displaying, creating, and manipulating data based on database schema.
  • All one needs to do is to point Blinq to a SQL database and it will create a website for you!
  • The website would contains pages that display sorted and paged data, allow you to update or delete records, create new records, and follow relationships between tables in your database.
  • You don't need to write SQL queries to use Blinq; LINQ will generate optimized queries for you that request just the data you want to show.
  • Blinq 1.0 requires VS 2005 Standard Edition or higher, or Visual Web Developer 2005 Express,
  • SQL Server 2000 SP4, 2005 SP1, or Express SP1.
  • You must install the LINQ May 2006 Community Technical Preview before running the BlinqSetup.msi. The installer creates a \Program Files\Microsoft ASP.NET\Blinq folder, which contains DLLs for the project's \bin folder, and adds BrowserFiles and ThemeFiles subfolders.
  • IIS 5.0+ on the test machine is optional.
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Maruthi said...

This is really interesting. But looks like it gives auto coding for basic functionalities. but we spend most of our initial time in these type of tasks :-) anyway did u try this out personally. wld like to see this auto generated appln at ur leisure

Anonymous said...

And Vadivel, is it not mandatory to have IIS?
I'm just wondering how it will create pages without a web server. If thats the case will the pages reside in a remote web server.
Or, it could be a windows app which will just have windows forms which will do the same functionality as web pages?

Hackit said...

I cannot run blinq on visual studio 2008 express edition.

it gives me this error:
Error: May Linq CTP is not installed or configured correctly. You can download i
t from
If you are running Blinq from a command window, close it and open a new one afte
r installing the Linq Preview.

if i try to install linq preview, it is asking for visual studio 2005.

wont it run in vs 2008?