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Software for building prototypes (web based and client server)

Ashish Gupta
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Hi,
I am looking for software for prototyping (making functional mock screens) web based and client server applications. If you happen to know please let me know.

Freeware/shareware/trial will do.

Thanks
Ashish
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Ashish,
When you say "functional", what do you want it to be able to do?


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Ashish Gupta
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Hi Jeanne,
With "functional" I mean something like a working application with flow minus any validation/verification etc.

For example, on a login page if I click 'Login' button after entering my user/password, next page to be displayed be, say, home page. From there if I click on any link, a new page be displayed. All these pages will be static, with no validation/verification or no/minimal business logic.

This, I think, can be achieved in plain HTML/CSS, although it would be painfully time consuming.

Thanks
Ashish
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Originally posted by Ashish Gupta:
This, I think, can be achieved in plain HTML/CSS, although it would be painfully time consuming.

That's what we do. It's not as time consuming as it sounds though. This work has to be done anyway since we are coverting it into a JSP. Also, it gives the users a view of what it will look like as opposed to requiring a lot of imagination to see what it will look like.
Jesus Angeles
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i used wsad for my prototype-an eventual j2ee web-mq-cics application.

used html/css/javascript on the prototype using wsad.

there is a free trial version.

i am not satisfied with its javascript content-assist though. its crude. i had to use books or e-books to look for codes i need.

but for full-functionality and html/css, wsad is okay. just keep a javascript book handy.

in my organization, designers love the lotus notes designer. they did their prototypes on it; and as ive seen on production codes, they even used in during development. these are j2ee applications. i dont know though if you can get lotus notes designer trial version; but you can search.
 
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