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where to start?

 
D Wynn
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Hi--
I have a couple of questions don't know if I'm in the right forum but I'm sure you guys will re direct me if I'm lost. Anyway here goes...I have some friends starting a small business and of course they want a web site but they also want applications that their employees can use to do different things for the business. Some of those programs need to be web forms that possibly accept payments from customers and some of the programs need to have to ability to generate emails and some just will be used by the employees only. I have some experience with servlets but I've never done anything like this before...my question is what are the steps needed to create an application like the one talked about...what things will be needed to not only get something like this started but also to maintain an application like this one.
 
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That's a tall order for a question in a forum. Web applications span a wide range of technologies including, but not limited to, servlets, JSP, JDBC, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and on and on.

If you already understand the basics of servlets, I'd recommend making sure you know about proper web application structure (this article from the JavaRanch Journal might help), and start writing.

If you are going to accept payments, you'll also need to hook up to a merchant account processor.
 
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I was thinking the same thing as I typed the post. Thanks your reply, I'm just looking for a good starting point..I know I have a alot of research ahead.

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"D", something like this is a big deal. You definitely will need some IT Architect and e-business skills. You will also need to make some "buy vs. build" decisions. It might be cheaper to buy a 3rd party business framework rather than grow your own.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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