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Chapter 21. Introduction to Web Applicat... > The Dynamic Dorknozzle Intranet Appl...

The Dynamic Dorknozzle Intranet Application

Up to this point, we've used various web pages in the Dorknozzle site as examples on how to work with basic page formatting techniques, tables, CSS, frames, forms and form objects, behaviors, layers, and more. Up until now, the process has been simple: We create a new page, add some images and text to the page, format it with tables or layers, and then save it for viewing in the browser. In a real world scenario, however, our workflow process would be inadequate and inefficient. Imagine having 500 pages in the Dorknozzle intranet site and trying to perform day-to-day web maintenance operations. The process might resemble the following scenario:

  • Company Events: As a web developer, your job is to manually add and remove company events as they're announced. After the company event is on the main page, you must also create a dedicated page for that company event that includes pictures, directions, times, and perhaps a reservation system that, you guessed it, would be manually updated by you based on email reservations sent to you.

  • HelpDesk: The HelpDesk functions as a repository for employee hardware, software, and general office maintenance problems. In a traditional scenario, you are responsible for fielding emails from employees with problems and then manually posting information to the website so that the IT department can view the problems and respond accordingly. Even worse, after the IT department responds and fixes the problem, they would send you an email so that you could manually remove the ticket from the site.

  • Company Directory: As the web developer, your job is to continuously add, modify, and remove employees from the employee directory page. Given today's volatile marketplace, this in itself could become a daunting task!

  • Employee Store: As the web developer, your job also involves manually adding, modifying, removing products from the company's employee store. But wait, there's more. You are also responsible for fielding emails from employees who are interested in a product, collecting cash, giving the employee the product, and then manually updating a spreadsheet of inventory information.


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