Building a database-driven application for SharePoint is not an easy or headache-free task and requires a very deep understanding of SharePoint technology. Here is an interesting product coming from Iron Speed, a leader in enterprise-class application generation, that helps you circumvent this obstacle.
Iron Speed Designer generates relational database applications and reporting applications for SharePoint. Just point to an existing database and let Iron Speed Designer generate a visually stunning, feature-rich, database-driven Web 2.0 application that is simple to customize and ready to deploy.
By quickly creating database-driven applications for SharePoint, Iron Speed Designer reduces significantly the number of hours spent in the production of such applications, helping technology departments generate SharePoint application (pages, code and SQL DBs) in just minutes, without programming skills. It handles complex databases with hundreds of tables, foreign key relationships, and database views.
Generated applications with Iron Speed Designer include integrated SharePoint application security by validating the user against SharePoint server, use of SharePoint master pages so they look and feel the same like other native apps, unrestricted 100% access to the application, and no run-time license fees or special server software requirements.
Of course, Iron Speed Designer is not designed for those who want to tweak every little application features; it is for Return On Investment -focused developers who want to do more and spend less time coding.
In addition to SharePoint, Iron Speed Designer has built-in support for selected third-party controls like Crystal Reports (v.XI & v.10.2), FCKEditor (v. 2.5), Infragistics (vol. 3) and Telerik r.a.d. controls.
Iron Speed Designer runs on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003/2008 (32-bit/64-bit). It generates SharePoint applications for SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010 and SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0. Hosting SharePoint application requires either a dedicated SharePoint 2010/2007 or WSS 3.0 server, or shared server with administrator rights to install WSP packages.