Unfortunately, my experiences with getting the Telerik OpenAccess ORM product to work using the Getting Started application and Product Documentation has been an Epic Failure!
I even took a shot at getting the product to work (after almost giving up the first time) by making use of Falafel's "OpenAccess-MadeEasy" guide.
I am a 14+ year Senior Web Developer in the industry and have been working with ASP.Net since 2001 (beta). Over the past several years, since 2003, I have made heavy use of Telerik products:
RadControls for ASP.Net, RadControls for ASP.Net AJAX and Sitefinity CMS. During this time I have come to expect nothing but the best product documentation, code samples and excellent support to go along with it.
It's very disappointing to have to post this, but I feel that it is healthy to provide you some honest feedback
and my perception
of the state of this product. So, after seriously evaluating this product (and it's horribly in-accurate documentation) I have no choice but to take the following actions:
- Report to my Development Team and Manager that this product failed the evaluation (we wont even consider OpenAccess as an option)
- Un-install the OpenAccess ORM program from my workstation
- Begin keeping a close eye on the Road Map for Sitefinity 4.x (as I know that you are considering integrating OpenAccess into it)
- Will NOT recommend that any of my peers in the industry consider this as an ORM solution
Please Telerik, do me and all of your customers a huge favor: Make sure this product is fixed and well documented before integrating it with Sitefinity version 4. There is no need to trash a perfectly good CMS with tool that is not even ready for prime time (regardless of if you acquired it vs writing it from scratch, no excuses).
Senior Web Developer