[thelist] Web based applications

Fri May 25 08:09:18 CDT 2001

How about Java Applets?  These are applications that can range from simple to
very robust.  Both Netscape and IE support JDK 1.1.8, so you have to develop in
that environment.  No coding in Java 2 (which is actually JDK 1.2).  But, with
Applets you can do graphs, animations, etc.  Java can talk over TCP/IP so you
could have the Applet grab data from your back-end environment.
Here's an example:

-Ron S.

Kristina Floyd <kristina at kfx-design.co.uk> on 05/24/2001 05:49:39 PM

Please respond to thelist at lists.evolt.org

To:   Nick Myers <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
cc:    (bcc: Ron Senykoff/BEA)

Subject:  Re: [thelist] Web based applications


  Have you considered Flash?  (Though I note you have said without
  those tools, Flash wasn't listed)  Especially if download isn't a


Thursday, May 24, 2001, 9:47:40 PM, you wrote:

NM> Wonder if I could ask you guys to delve into your wealth of varied
NM> experience?

NM> My company is about to task me with building web based applications (using
NM> nice NS&IE 4.x compliant code - np) that will display lots of analysis
NM> data/graphs and location maps all within a confined environment.  Now they
NM> already have a desktop application that does this, but they want a web
NM> version that they can sell subscriptions to.  My question is this: do you
NM> guys have any examples of web based applications, such as finance, weather,
NM> sports results etc. that's might involve any of the following:

NM> - A map with points drawn on it, where a user mouses over a given point, and
NM> a pop-up (attached to the cursor) appears with some live data in it.
NM> - A map with transparent overlays that can be switched on/off showing
NM> various transparencies.
NM> - Same as above, but with animation controls to animate (step) through
NM> individually rendered graphics [JPEGS] (without having to use a server-side
NM> program to render all the images into one animation).
NM> - A clickable location map, where a list of available data appears once a
NM> location is clicked, and from there the option to interrogate the data and
NM> return data either in tabular or graph format.
NM> - Graphing with threshold setting/changing ability.

NM> Now my key concern is that although this will effectively be on a web site,
NM> I would like it to behave more like an application (even if it takes some
NM> time to load) as you would expect on your desktop.  I can achieve most of
NM> the above by using layers, and timelines (in dreamweaver) that work with IE
NM> 4.x and 5.x, but nothing that works with NS 4.x

NM> I've looked at ArcView and GIS, which seem ideal, but I'm being asked to do
NM> something WITHOUT those tools for now.

NM> I sincerely appreciate any input offered.

NM> Thanks

NM> Nick

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