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Toby Singer
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Heya,
I'm an ecologist with zero programming experience
my boss wants me to programme a tool to help assess biodiversity values for buildings.

The tool will be questionaire based,
the answers given will manipulate eternal values to give a final overall score.

I've been told drools is the tool for me, although all of the tutorials out there are complete jargon to me.
Do you think it's possible for me to pick this up in a month or so?

I've attached a brief summary of what I want to do,
each box on the right is a question form,
depending on the answers on the forms it will modify the three scores on the right

any help would be greatly appreciated

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I've been told drools is the tool for me, although all of the tutorials out there are complete jargon to me.
Do you think it's possible for me to pick this up in a month or so?

I think you answered your own question - if you don't understand the tutorials, which are often extremely simple exercises that don't do any real work, there is no way you will be able to do this in drools in a month. I think you need to find a higher-level system geared to the type of exercise you defined, but I would not know what that is. I'll move your post to the general computing forum, perhaps someone there knows of a tool or service that can do what you need.
 
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If this is going to be just a questionnaire, without complex logic, then you can give a shot to online test creation/ survey creation programs.
 
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Is this a web based questionaire that uses a browser or a desktop application? Either way, a month is awfully short notice, starting from zero.

Given the relatively simple logic here, Drools would probably be overkill - you can use if-else-then and switch-case logic. Again, starting from zero for this sort of programming is very short notice.



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Thanks everyone,
I think my boss has it in mind that it will be a browser based questionaire.
The logic should be fairly simple from what I understand.

I've written the forms for the questionnaire in dreamweaver now,
example is attached.

In this example they are first asked how many planters there are
answer need to do the following shelter: if 1> +1 to forage and shelter, if 2>+2 to forage and shelter ...etc.

so each question will add or minus points to the forage and shelter scores over the questionaire.
Some questions will also have to lead the user to speciffic forms, ie. do you have any planters> the tool will then lead the user to this form

thanks again for the replies, I fell very out of my depth
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So you will be getting involved with servlet /jsp technology to handle creating and reading the browser forms. Hooo boy you have a LOT to cover.

First thing download and install the Tomcat java based server. Do NOT try to code your application first thing. Instead, run through several of the servlet and JSP examples that Tomcat come with. Try modifying them and see what happens.

If you are not already familiar with a Java IDE - Integrated Development Environment - my recommendation is do not add the complexity of using one to your learning curve unless there is somebody in your organization who can help you get started with one.

A programmer's editor that understands Java syntax will be a big help - I use UltraEdit. To avoid misery, do NOT use a word processor for programming.

Personally I use the ANT utility to handle compiling and various chores.

Good luck!
Bill
 
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If I were me I'd buy a license for one of those online survey tools, as mentioned above.

I used SurveyConsole before - it did the job perfectly but I won't endorse it because I haven't checked out other tools.

Most of them allow you to run an online trial for free.
 
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Thank-you everyone,

I think I will try and pitch the online survey tools to my boss.
Sounds a far more realistic route.
 
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