Entering test data can be a tedious chore. Recently I found a web site that makes it easier to populate your database tables with realistic data, http://www.generatedata.com/ This is a very useful online utility. It really saves me a lot of time because I often waste an incredible amount of time just deciding on a name for a fictitious user. I also waste time looking for real addresses, phone numbers, etc.
I wish I had thought of this as a project because it would have been easy to create and it gives you a certain amount of fame with other programmers. There are a few improvements that could be made to it so maybe somebody in the ASP.NET community could create an alternative service with the following improvements:
- Generate random amounts in various currencies. Don't know why the original version overlooks this obvious need.
- Add SQL Server and Access to the database choices.
- Generate random floats
- Generate random boolean values
- Fixed string values. You can sort of do this by entering a custom list with just one value.