[thelist] Web based applications

Ron Dorman rwd at csi1st.net
Thu May 24 15:51:07 CDT 2001

you could write it as a Win32 app and deliver it via browsers with Citrix or the
application server in Win2000.  These servers allow a "published" Win app to be
run via a browser.

Nick Myers wrote:

> Wonder if I could ask you guys to delve into your wealth of varied
> experience?
> My company is about to task me with building web based applications (using
> nice NS&IE 4.x compliant code - np) that will display lots of analysis
> data/graphs and location maps all within a confined environment.  Now they
> already have a desktop application that does this, but they want a web
> version that they can sell subscriptions to.  My question is this: do you
> guys have any examples of web based applications, such as finance, weather,
> sports results etc. that's might involve any of the following:
> - A map with points drawn on it, where a user mouses over a given point, and
> a pop-up (attached to the cursor) appears with some live data in it.
> - A map with transparent overlays that can be switched on/off showing
> various transparencies.
> - Same as above, but with animation controls to animate (step) through
> individually rendered graphics [JPEGS] (without having to use a server-side
> program to render all the images into one animation).
> - A clickable location map, where a list of available data appears once a
> location is clicked, and from there the option to interrogate the data and
> return data either in tabular or graph format.
> - Graphing with threshold setting/changing ability.
> Now my key concern is that although this will effectively be on a web site,
> I would like it to behave more like an application (even if it takes some
> time to load) as you would expect on your desktop.  I can achieve most of
> the above by using layers, and timelines (in dreamweaver) that work with IE
> 4.x and 5.x, but nothing that works with NS 4.x
> I've looked at ArcView and GIS, which seem ideal, but I'm being asked to do
> something WITHOUT those tools for now.
> I sincerely appreciate any input offered.
> Thanks
> Nick
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