September 27th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Recommend a platform for this task?
Hi all. I'm hoping you can recommend a good tool for a new programmer (me) to use to achieve a specific task.
Though I have little direct programming experience, I've spent considerable time as a Windows, and to a lesser extent, *nix sysadmin so I understand basic scripting, SQL, etc., and don't mind getting my hands dirty.
I work for a large IT firm, in a small division responsible for implementing a complex, industry-specific software/hardware solution. Currently the parent firm uses Sharepoint to record individual client details; this is not sufficient for my divison's purposes (I'd argue not for theirs, either!) but this is outside my control.
I want an application that will record specific information about my division's clients. I want to be able to select an individual customer and record/view many fields, as designed by me, for that customer.
My requirements are:
- A front-end that's either a Windows executable (preferred) or web-based
- Ability to attach documents to customer records
- Information written to a database, pref. MSSQL (MySQL would do if necessary)
Can someone suggest appropriate platforms to investigate, given my situation and requirements?
Thanks in advance.
September 27th, 2011, 02:27 PM
Of those requirements you have listed, it would be interesting to know the reason why sharepoint was turned down.
There is no requirement regarding security? price? support?
I am not sure if you are looking how to create something yourself or want an existing product?
September 27th, 2011, 02:47 PM
Sharepoint is owned by another internal organization and we've found it impossible to request changes in a timely manner. Additionally, I think it's cumbersome - I need access to specific data but we want it to be lightweight - I envision a front end that displays maybe 20-40 fields per customer on one or a couple pages.
Originally Posted by MrFujin
We also wish to maintain control of our own data. Security is not necessarily an issue - I can address this by other means - but AD authentication could be useful.
We do want to create something ourselves.
September 27th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Maybe you can look at ASP (C#) .NET to create a web-based application.
September 29th, 2011, 10:02 AM
IMO sharepoint is still the best.
October 1st, 2011, 04:21 PM
easiest way in my opinion
windows forms application (c#)
windows forms application (vb.net)