March 31, 2009, 9:32 PM — This Best Practice is part of a collection of advice provided by information technology professionals on how they have solved various challenges, and addressed IT priorities within their organizations.
FindItByMe.com, Inc., a local area search engine provider
FindItByMe.com needed to rapidly create a front-end for its search engine technology with limited resources, and a single developer.
Visual WebGUI, an open source rich Internet application (RIA) development and deployment platform atop standard .NET allowed FindItByMe.com to create interfaces that provided the best of the ASP.NET experience and the best of the WinForms experience. Visual WebGui was the only viable alternative to put the FindItbyMe site into production, given the company's limited resources. The tool's learning curve was also low enough which allowed FindItbyMe.com to mock up the front-end and save approximately $250,000 and two years of development time.
Who provided this information:
John Graffio, CEO, FindItByMe.com, Inc.
How it worked:
FindItByMe.com needed to deploy a publicly accessible web site in a short amount of time with only one developer who was proficient in WinForms but not as proficient in ASP.NET or web technologies. Since Visual WebGui provided exactly this match of capabilities to the requirements, it was a natural fit and a test was undertaken to see if its promise held true to its claims. A short test quickly turned into actual deployment, since the Visual WebGui environment was so easy to work in. In about three weeks time, a working model of the web site was running, compared to an eight week effort with classical ASP.NET that only resulted in a mock-up of a site with no real functionality.
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