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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Unanswered: General Web Development RFI

    Since March I've gone from 0 software development knowledge to being fairly proficient in cranking out useful apps in MS Access with good VBA coding. I also was able to migrate the Access backend to SQL Server 2005, and write some automation (which y'all graciously helped with!).

    Access isn't cutting it anymore though due to user access requirements, and if this resource management database I'm working on has any hope of being adopted I'm going to need some help.

    What I want to know is, what's a good route to explore in order to make my front end web based? My requirements are pretty basic:
    • Navigate to an internal webpage
    • Prompt user for log in information
    • Check login vs Active Directory
    • Apply user permissions based on user category (defined within admin panel of app, preferably)
    • View and edit various tables of information, but something more visually pleasing than a pure datasheet
    • View reports of calculated data (predefined)
    • Eventually allow user generated reports
    • Export reports into Excel templates that user can download

    The problem is I don't know enough to even get started. I've played around with HTML and had a class on C a long time ago, but I was able to pick up advanced Visual Basic techniques and learn T-SQL pretty quickly (Google is a beautiful thing). I'm willing to learn anything and everything, and I intend to work pretty damn hard to show that we can migrate this to a web interface.

    I know this is really general and I'll probably get a lot of responses, but considering the above, what do I need to do? I have access to the full MSDN catalog, as well as servers to test and host this on. I basically just need to know what to Google first.

    As always, feel free to ask me anything I didn't cover that is pertinent, and thanks so much for your help!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    So no one wants to say, "I like PHP," or "I think .NET should work" in a reply?

    Like I said, I can and have been doing a bunch of research, but it's always nice when someone says, "Your project looks similar to mine, and it worked out really well when I used .NET."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    221B Baker St.
    I know this is really general and I'll probably get a lot of responses,
    My guess is that the "question" is so general there have been no replies. . .

    On your network, are there any other data-based web apps? If your sysadmins and network admns have a recommendation, i'd surely try to use what they are willing to support and not start again from scratch.

    Everything you mention has been successfully used many times. Mis-used there have been quite a few failures as well.

    If someday the Win-based world becomes more standardized, there should be less "How do i begn" type questions. One of the "good" things is that there are few technical restrictions - which is one of the "bad" things. . .

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
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    Well, I like PHP and I think that .NET should work. I can comfortably represent both sides of the question.

    Because you plan to create a commercial product (used by your business), have easy access to good commerical tools (MSDN), and I'll assume that you want to protect the business I would recommend using .NET and other Microosft tools. Based on what little you've disclosed, you appear to be working for company with an IT budget and an existing investment in Microsoft tools, so extending that development line is both inexpensive and presents the business with the surest long term investment.

    As papadi pointed out, you ought to use the tools that make the most sense for your environment. Nearly all of the common development tools can be used well, and every professional grade tool I've ever seen can be misused too. Finding a good tool isn't a real problem, finding a tool that is a good fit for your environment can be a real challenge!

    Does this sound like a good fit to you?

    In theory, theory and practice are identical. In practice, theory and practice are unrelated.

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