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David Avrami
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Joined: Sep 10, 2011
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Hi to all,
I am a student and i have started my degree project, My project is about an appointment schedule software
in a clinical institute(in some college) that will support a server and several terminals.
I need a little guide to make sure i am doing everything correctly. (The documentation is not the issue)

I am intending to use MySQL server, Admin App for the server(mainly only for observation and logs) and Client App for the terminals.
I know the terminals using Windows XP and probably connected to a main server in the college (Not sure).

Where should i install the server?
If in the college mainframe could it be a problem if the college running a different server?
What other information i need to acquire?

Thank you in advance ,
Note: don't know if the topic is in the right thread. (sorry if it's not)
Winston Gutkowski
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Joined: Mar 17, 2011
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David Avrami wrote:Where should i install the server?
If in the college mainframe could it be a problem if the college running a different server?

It shouldn't matter (and if it does, you probably need to look at your design).

If you intend on working on this at home and have two machines of your own (eg, a tower and a laptop), my suggestion would be to set up the server component on the tower and the client stuff on your laptop. Alternatively, if you only have one, you could add something like vmware and run two virtual machines on the same box (you'll probably have to find an installation CD for XP though; unless you already have one).

Also: you might want to keep your connection information outside the program, perhaps in a properties file. That way, if you transfer your server, clients just need to update that info.

Just scratching the surface though. Good luck with the rest.

Winston


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David Avrami
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Joined: Sep 10, 2011
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Thank you,
that is exactly the info i was searching for, that jump start for the project.
I have a tower and 2 laptops.

I did a little search and come up with: Windows XP MODE
Question :
Can i use the Windows XP Mode to run the server and clients( in the tower and 2 laptops) and face no differences
between that and running it on a fresh installation of an actual Windows XP? it seems much simpler but is it the right way?
Or should i go to the documentation of that feature ? (XP MODE)
Winston Gutkowski
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David Avrami wrote:
Question :
Can i use the Windows XP Mode to run the server and clients( in the tower and 2 laptops) and face no differences
between that and running it on a fresh installation of an actual Windows XP? it seems much simpler but is it the right way?
Or should i go to the documentation of that feature ? (XP MODE)

I hate to say, but the docs are probably the best way to go; I've never used the feature (but I may try it myself; I hate Vista ).

It may be simply a switch that produces everything in "classic Windows style", but it could be something more. I'd also be surprised if anything in Java works markedly differently in XP to Vista or 7, but I could be wrong, so don't take my word for it.

Certainly, it shouldn't affect things like database connections or servlet handling, but again, when it comes to Microsoft anything's possible.

Sorry I can't be more help.

Winston
David Avrami
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Joined: Sep 10, 2011
Posts: 30

OK, Thanks .
gonna hit the docs.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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