Posts Tagged ‘MSSQL’

AspxCommerce is an open e-commerce system that is built with ASP.NET and uses MSSQL for storing the data.

The application is built on top of SageFrame (the open source CMS) and comes with a single-click installation.

It has an easy-to-use admin panel for creating and managing categories, products, users, orders and the settings provided.


There are various marketing features like the ability to bundle products or discounts based on price/products.

AspxCommerce has different modules that an e-commerce site may need like community poll, customer testimonials, Google Maps store locator, etc.

The layout is themable and multiple themes exists to choose from or you can create your own with ease.

It is SEO-friendly, has a multi-language interface and updated/improved regularly.

Around 2 years ago, Microsoft had announced the first version of WebMatrix and it was shared at WRD.

Lately, they have made the release-candidate of WebMatrix 2 available and it has become an exciting product for many.

The tool now has support for the most recent web-dev technologies including HTML5-CSS3, Node.js or jQuery Mobile.

WebMatrix 2

It has a one-click installer for many popular apps including WordPress, Joomla, DotNetNuke and more. Also it can instantly install IIS, MSSQL, MySQL, PHP, Python and many others.

There is built-in support for Windows Azure cloud and the project scan be pushed to the remote environment to any FTP address or to the Azure.

Although WebMatrix 2 is a Microsoft product, it is well-integrated with PHP, any PHP functions hovered bring the docs from and there is code completion.

Users can share extensions written for the platform and there are already good ones like iPhone/iPad simulator or a color theme manager.

For anyone working with multiple database engines, regularly switching between different apps to manage them can be a pain.

DBeaver is a free database management application which works with many different engines including MySQL, MSSQL, Oracle, SQLite, Sybase, Firebird and much more.

As the application is built with Java, it works in all major operating systems (Windows, Mac & Linux).


It can handle all the major tasks like metadata editing (tables, columns, keys, indexes), custom SQL execution, users management, multiple connections, etc.

We can draw ER diagrams for database modeling, and, the app is soon to be open sourced.

If you are an ASP.NET developer, you already know that there are not too many choices when it comes to finding an open source CMS application.

SageFrame is a good alternative for any looking for such a solution. It is a feature-rich and open source content management system, built with ASP.NET, to create websites easily.

The application enables users to customize/update the websites while browsing by simply interacting with the editable modules.


There is a good-looking admin panel to customize everything; including changing the site design by drag 'n' dropping the locations of the modules, defining new menu items or improving the SEO-friendliness.

SageFrame is modular, it can be extended with modules where you can choose to create them or download the ready-to-use ones.

ArrowChat is a jQuery-powered, PHP/MySQL (or MSSQL) application for quickly adding chat support to any website so that visitors/members can easily communicate with each other.

The application features a Facebook-like chat system which sits in the footer of websites, presents the online users and allows them to chat instantly.


Users can choose to chat in private or inside full-featured chatrooms (which can be password-protected with moderators, kicking, etc.). And, they are instantly notified about new messages or friend requests.

ArrowChat also has video chat which is Flash-based and works smoothly. This is specially great for social networking websites.

It has a set of integrated applications from games to social sharing or instant web page translation to offer more features to users.

ArrowChat Chat

The application is also great for sending announcements as they are sent in real-time and you feel sure that each user logging in sees them.

Managing the application is easy for both the end users and the system admin as users get an options panel to customize everything and admins have an admin panel to control each and every feature.

It is possible to customize the look and feel of the application with theming support and also customize/improve the functionality as ArrowChat is fully open sourced.

ArrowChat Integrations

And, best of all, ArrowChat has integrations for many popular apps including forum softwares, social networking softwares and others like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. Once installed, the system works with existing users, avatars and profiles.

P.S. The system works with all major browsers including mobile.

The discount

ArrowChat provides 10% discount to all WRD readers who use the coupon code "WRD" (the coupon will expire on 5/31/2012 and Credit/Debit Card must be selected at checkout to use the code -PayPal can still be used with this method-).

How to join the giveaway?

ArrowChat is giving away 3 KickStarter Licenses ($45/each) to WRD readers.

If you want to join the giveaway, you can choose one of the methods below or do both to increase your chances:

Winners will be selected randomly on 12 April 2012 (1 week later). Good luck to all.

The winners

Here are the winners:

  • @ian_chan
  • Jason (comment #557436)
  • k19s (comment #553902)

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for joining.