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Introducing Nancy, a lightweight web framework inspired by Sinatra

posted Nov 29, 2010, 6:53 AM by Shaukat Mahmood Ahmad

For a couple of weeks I have been keeping myself busy with open-source stuff. One of the things has been to spike out a web framework idea and later on turn it into a real project. The project is inspired, but not a clone, by the Sinatra web framework built on Ruby. The name, Nancy, is a reference to Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of Frank Sinatra.

There are quite of lot of things that I want to put into the framework, but it is functional in its current state. One of the goals for Nancy is to make it run on other environment and platforms, other than ASP.NET / IIS and there are spikes taking place to run it on Mono with FastCGI, making it possible to run on a bunch of other platforms. However, although this is the goal, the current source code does not provide any helpers to make that possible. Right now it only ships with an IHttpHandler that acts as an adaptor between ASP.NET / IIS and the Nancy engine.

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