A community supported sample database for use in demos that talk to databases.
The Northwind Database needs a facelift. You know, this is the Products, Categories, Suppliers, yada yada yada sample database that you've been seeing in Microsoft demos since the beginning of time. (FYI, the beginning of time was about 1997. Maybe earlier.
Why do we use it? Because it's there. Because it's easy, it exists, and it takes two seconds to install. It's full of good sample data that has international characters. It has a few views and a few sprocs and it's easy to grok.
Now, some folks don't like Microsoft's (often) focus on "Database Driven Development," and I'm basically Switzerland at this point. Consider me neutral because I've done it both ways, both Domain Driven and Database Driven. With an
ORM and without. I'm not 100% convinced either way and I like to have choice. Plus, when I'm showing some technology that is talking to a Database or to POCO (Plain Ol' CLR Objects) I still need good sample data to pull from. Thus, the Northwind
Database lives on.
We aim to extend Northwind and create a more interesting sample database then whoever wants to can build good examples of things like NHibernate, LINQ to SQL or Whatever,
- Complex enough to be called Real World but simple enough that someone could "get it" in 5-10 minutes
- In a familiar Domain Space that makes sense to folks all over the world
- Has a decent amount of sample data with strings that are more than just [a-z|A-Z|0-9]
- Have a single .SQL file that one can run and immediately get a working database
- Sample Code for any of a number of Database access patterns, ORMs, whatever. This might require a few subtle versions.
- A Project Manager (probably best if it's not me)
- Modelers, Sample Code Writers
- Sample Data Creators
- Documentation Person
- Release Manager
Who's with me?