Project Cato README File INTRODUCTION ------------ Cato is a CRUD generator that can be used to generate files for any programming language or tool. For instance, you can generate any of these CRUD-based files, and many more: * Java model classes * Java JSP files * Spring Framework XML files * Ruby on Rails files * CakePHP files * Drupal form files * SQL statements for any language * Anything else you can imagine that can be driven off your database tables All you have to do is tell Cato where your database is, define some template files (as needed), then point and click to generate whatever file you want that can be based off your database definition. This is essentially the same process used in the "generate" processes of Ruby on Rails and CakePHP, but it is (a) independent of programming language, and (b) available through a web GUI. USING CATO ---------- Once installed, using Cato is easy to use. From the main screen: 1 Select the database table you'd like to generate CRUD from. 2 Select the table fields you want to include. 3 Select the template for the output you want to generate. 4 Click the "Generate" button. You can see a short demo in action at this URL: /screenshots-crud-generator/ Our INSTALL file describes the process of installing Cato, which we've also tried to make as painless as possible. TEMPLATE FILES -------------- As you saw in that demo, Cato generates its CRUD output based on template files. As a result, if you can define the template file for what you want, you can easily generate CRUD-based output. Many template files are included as examples. You can use those, or just use them as examples to create your own template files. The templating language is based on the Smarty template project. We've documented this in our TEMPLATES documentation page, and you can learn much more about Smarty templates at this URL: http://www.smarty.net/ MORE INFORMATION ---------------- You can find more information about the Cato Project at this URL: THE NAME "CATO" --------------- The name "Cato" comes from the character on the old Pink Panther movies. When I (Alvin Alexander) first started developing this project, I thought that this app should be an "assistant" to me when developing database applications. As soon as I thought of "assistant" I thought of Cato, Inspector Clouseau's trusty assistant.