caboosesw (215233) writes "I'm a geek who has faded from the keyboard (funny to read http://ask.slashdot.org/story/12/12/18/2031210/ask-slashdot-how-does-an-it-generalist-get-back-into-programming but I digress). I have a client that wants to capture simple metrics in a database
... a grid of metrics ... editing rows inline ... drill down into a form for full data entry ... etc. In 1992, I'd code it with a bit of effort in FoxPro. About 1995 I'd have cranked this out in PowerBuilder with some simple Datawindows. In 1998 or so Access was our tool of choice ... but I just haven't seen a great RAD environment for building data capture and reporting systems for the web (no matter how many coders I ask). It seems handcoding and needing a designer is the situation today. I'm intrigued by some stuff we've done with Salesforce.com but still haven't found the 2012 development environment to build these apps quickly (with a programmer ... not for a mere former dev now power user). Someone also mentioned Lightswitch but that seems primitive. Any leads?"