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Shashank Rudra
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Hi Guys

We are to develop a tool which is going to be GUI intensive, with frames, panels, drag and drop options to connect or map various components. Aim is to create mapping between two data sources. One being a txt file and other being a DB2 database. May be via an excel file or XML file.

So we need to show easier models to display the data, mapping rules, mapping results, data conversion etc.

I don't think going with J2EE web application using struts will be a good choice looking at the GUI intensive work involved. Rather we can make a desktop swing application and keep multiple instances of it synchronized using Java web start. Or may be use applets?

I am not able to get a final say on this. Please suggest. Thanks in advance. (In case this post does not belong here, I am sorry for that please guide me where to post it)

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Paul Clapham
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Not to mention that the files you plan to work on are going to be on the client system, so for Struts to work on them you would have to upload them to the server and download the resulting files back to the client when you were finished. So yes, a Swing application sounds like not a bad idea.
Shashank Rudra
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Thanks Paul for the response.
Using Swing application with struts means, will I have to use applet. Or do you mean totally desktop based application using Swing's Jframe and all.

Also the home of this GUI will have multiple other options too. So do I need to make the central page(home page) using JavaScript menus and launch an applet where-ever I need to switch to applet with rich swing based components. OR totally put all the application and features in an applet that will serve as ground zero. To start that up we may devise a LoginServlet mechanism where after the applet will take control.
Anna Lee
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Shashank Rudra wrote:Hi Guys

We are to develop a tool which is going to be GUI intensive, with frames, panels, drag and drop options to connect or map various components. Aim is to create mapping between two data sources. One being a txt file and other being a DB2 database. May be via an excel file or XML file.

So we need to show easier models to display the data, mapping rules, mapping results, data conversion etc.

I don't think going with J2EE web application using struts will be a good choice looking at the GUI intensive work involved. Rather we can make a desktop swing application and keep multiple instances of it synchronized using Java web start. Or may be use applets?

I am not able to get a final say on this. Please suggest. Thanks in advance. (In case this post does not belong here, I am sorry for that please guide me where to post it)


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