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Discussion in 'Scripting & Programming' started by Sparky, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Sparky
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    I have been asked by a customer to develop a small web portal as he wants his remote users to login, complete a form, and then upload a word doc. I have outsourced this to another company just now but I would like to possibly bring these projects back in-house to save some £££, credit crunch and all that! :biggrin

    Anyways I have some development experience in VB6 and C++ but this was years ago so I need to update my skills.

    Basically what is the recommended programming language to develop in when the website is hosted on IIS with a backend SQL Server?
     
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  2. dmarsh

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    Well since its IIS based and you know VB you could do it in ASP.Net and VB.Net.

    You could use any tech, PHP5 ontop of IIS, Ruby on Rails, Grails/Groovy/Java, C++ and CGI, Perl and CGI, Flex, Coldfusion, IronRuby, loads of em.

    It does not really matter so much for a simple app, any serverside tech should do the job, its whatever you're comfortable with, .Net will probably be the easiest given your criteria.
     
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    I concurr. Since you know vb I'd go with VB.Net with ASP.Net. It will be the most familiar to you. You could do it with C# too I suppose.
     
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    Actually - as this is such a 'simple' requirement, and one I keep on hearing about, I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a pre-built app out there which will do this.

    You could even use forum software such as phpBB and configure it to suit.

    Harry.
     
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    Yep theres loads of commercial off the shelf (COTS) stuff and open source stuff too, Documentum, Alfresco, Sharepoint, Drupal, Joomla, Plone, Reddot, JBOSS Portal, OpenCMS etc, loads of em too !

    Look into Document Management and possibly portals and content management, maybe even knowledge management and collaboration software.

    You might even consider a Configuration Management system with a web front end like subversion and SVN::Web?

    You could even use blog or wiki software and upload attachments if you really think outside the box. Depends on the exact requirements really.
     
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    ASP.NET

    I was thinking of Sharepoint or a frontend to Sharepoint

    Also have a look at dotnetnuke dotnetnuke.com

    personally i am biased towards LAMP environments when it comes to web development.
     
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    Damn knew I'd missed one ! ;)
     
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    Yeah .. lol
     
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    Cheers guys, lots to think about 8)
     
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    Guys at work are raving about the ease of CF when it comes to this stuff, but what do I know?
     
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    CF = CertForums? :biggrin

    Harry (running away...)
     
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    Never really tried cold fusion myself, probably because i have never been in the position to buy it, i expect there's a demo.
    I may try it one day, when i have time. :rolleyes:
     
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    Coldfusion has fallen out of favour in most places and is on its way to legacy in my view. Its been replaced in the marketplace by the largely free alternatives of .Net, Php, Ruby and Java.

    It sounds like it has a lot to offer along with other adobe products but few companies now seem to be prepared to use it.

    There are significant open source projects for coldfusion servers now :-

    http://www.smithproject.org/
    http://www.newatlanta.com/products/bluedragon/index.cfm
    http://www.railo-technologies.com/en/index.cfm?
    http://pcaonline.com/index.cfm?DocID=10050

    On a related note Adobe has open sourced Flex :-

    http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/site/Projects
    http://www.morearty.com/blog/2008/02/25/open-source-flex-the-candy-store-is-now-unlocked/
     
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