CAT Accelerator is a new type of product. It leverages automation technology based on expert systems and code generation to significantly reduce the amount of coding needed to create data driven web applications on the .NET Framework. It can can generate 80% or better of the code of a typical data driven enterprise level application on the .NET Framework.
Who is CAT Accelerator for and what does it do?
CAT Accelerator is targeted at two key groups - Professional and Non professional developers.
Professional developers are typically earning their living from developing applications and can gain significant improvements in quality and time to market by leveraging CAT Accelerator. They can also use CAT Accelerator to help accelerate learning and adoption of best practice. CAT Accelerator works well for both individual developers and large development teams.
Non Professional Developers
Non professional developers are in general seeking to create an application for their own or their company's use - but they are trying to do so without the benefit of a large development team. CAT Accelerator allows them to build enterprise ready applications without having to write significant amounts of code. Provided they can build a reasonable data base - they can have an application up and running by simply following a set of simple questions. This application includes a host of functionality from rich highly configurable screens and menus to role based security and web services.
For less than the cost of many books on the topic you get a tool that will let you build a real world application from your database using LINQ and AJAX.
What does it do?
CAT Accelerator 2.0 is a plug in to Visual Studio 2008 and leverages the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit to produce rich, highly scalable, enterprise ready data driven (Microsoft SQL Server) web applications for the .NET 3.5 framework. These applications can be quickly tailored from within the application using a rich administrative system that leverages meta data or further extended in Visual Studio either through manual coding or through further cycles using CAT Accelerator.
CAT Accelerator 1.6 provides similar functionality for the Visual Studio 2005 platform and the .NET 2.0 and 3.0 frameworks.
Don't Reinvent the Wheel
Don't spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and many years of development effort building your own Application Framework, we have done the hard work for you. The CAT Application Framework, included in CAT Accelerator, conforms to Microsoft's best practice guidelines, leverages the Microsoft Enterprise Library, ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit and LINQ technologies and has been field tested on applications ranging from simple data driven applications to enterprise level commercial software representing many years of development effort. It is fast, flexible, highly scalable and will save you a fortune.
CAT Accelerator lets you go from concept to data driven prototype in minutes and to a fully functional application in a fraction of the time it would take to develop manually. The created application includes a sophisticated administrative system allowing you to further configure and refine the application without having to return to Visual Studio or CAT Accelerator. You can change the look and feel, rename or turn off or on fields on individual page, change the way searches work, build the menu, manage security, change simple business rules and a host of other features - all without writing a single line of code.