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Java Web Service Development – Enterprise Technologies

August 19th, 2018

A web service is an application that exists in a distributed environment, such as the Internet and Intranet. Any web service is made available as reusable functionality through web standards like SOAP, WSDL, UDDI registries. This functionality can be used directly from a client application, aggregated with other services and information, mediated, or converted for presentation.

Migrating Java Studio Enterprise 8.1 to NetBeans 6.0:

The NetBeans Integrated development environment 6.0 provides the same UML Modeling, Developer Collaboration, Profiler, and Portlet Builder features that were offered in the Sun Java Studio Enterprise Integrated development environment 8.1. There are few steps with walk you through the steps to configure your Beans IDE 6.0 environment so that you can import your existing Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8.1 projects into this Beans.

Why Migrate?

Bean 6.0 improves your developer productivity through a smarter, faster editor, and the integration of all NetBeans developer tools into a single Integrated development environment. A number of familiar features from Java Studio Enterprise IDE 8.1 have been updated, like Java SE and EE programming, profiling, portlet building, UML support, and developer collaboration. Beans 6.0 also includes the following new features introduced since the Java Studio Enterprise 8.1 release:

o Ruby, JRuby, and Ruby on Rails support
o Highly acclaimed Swing GUI Builder
o Visual Web development through the Visual Web Pack
o Java Mobility (Java ME) support through the Mobility Pack
o Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) support through the Enterprise Pack
o C or C++ development through the C/C++ Pack
o Generic Language Framework

This IDE 6.0 provides developers with all the tools they need to create professional cross-platform desktop, enterprise, web and mobile applications.

Key Benefits

o A second set of eyes can help find a problem in your code
o Using Sun Developer Services is like hiring a team of senior software engineers who can juggle all kinds of tasks
o Get help with programming how to’s, coding best practices, and sanity checks
o Prove your value with Sun certifications – credentials recognized around the world
o It’s good to make sure you’re on the right track early

Useful Tips For User – Friendly Web Designing

August 17th, 2018

Website is a handy and trendy marketing tool for business. For a good website, the visual web design must be attractive and must be able to grab the attention of more number of visitors. Web designing is an art and has to be done with interest and involvement. When done with involvement, the user-friendly feature will automatically get incorporated in the design. Stunning web design with good programming and marketing strategies will greatly increase the visibility of the website to the Internet browsers. From this introduction it can be understood easily that web design is the key aspect of a website. For designing a user-friendly website here are a few tips which I gained through my experience in web designing. These useful tips, when implemented, will yield good user-friendly web designs. Here we go.

1). What does the website convey? – Your answer to the question will lead you all the way to a good and meaningful web design. For designing a website, one should have a theme. On getting to know more of what the website is about, as a designer or as a Webmaster, it will be easy for you to design accordingly.

2). Planning for the web design – Planning makes work proceed smoothly. The first step in planning is research. Surf through the web to find sites similar to yours. Do a simple yet meaningful research to understand the pulse of the visitors. On doing so, your first impression of the website through your web design will always be the best impression.

3). Setting theme and layout – After your research and planning, the vital part of your web design is the collection of assets. The first step will be theme selection and webpage layout. There may be personal websites, informational websites, ecommerce websites and service providing websites. It is all in the hands of a designer to select a matching theme to satisfy the need and implement it attractively.

4). Web Page Design – Neat and informative web pages will be the most visited pages in the net. To design such a web page, the important elements to be taken note of are the header, footer, text area and the navigational area. Avoid using animated/flashy headers and navigational icons. Use uniform header and footer to give a professional look to the website. These, when designed with care and when followed, will result in good web design.

5). Site Map and Navigation – In web designing, the term navigation is very much apropos with user-friendly. Navigation within the website should very clear and easy. Always try to implement normal links to move around and avoid animated buttons. The column to the right of the webpage should have good navigational links. The site map is another important and easy way for finding web pages in the website. So, never forget these as these are the principal tips to be remembered while designing.

6). Usage of images and text – Web designing is all about expressing the ideas of the business to people. For it to be a success, use of correct images for communicating the content of the website to the visitors is a must. The text in the webpage must be search engine optimized and must convey the message clearly.

7). Page Size and Download Time – After placing the images, links and the text, the complete page should not exceed 30 KB. This size will ensure that the page is downloaded quickly within 5 to 6 seconds. This time is crucial time because either it may bring visitors or divert them to another website of the same type.

The above are a few important tips to be considered while designing a website. You can follow them or modify them to suit your need. But the fact is that designing is about presenting the information in an elegant, decorative and user-friendly way.

Importance of Browser Compatibility in Web Design

August 16th, 2018

Though browser compatibility is an important part of successful web design, I found that most of the clients are ignorant of this fact. Throughout my career in web development I found very few client who mention this aspect in their requirement document. I shall not hold them solely responsible for this. I came across many colleagues (web programmers) in my tenure in the field of web design who also do not take proper care of this aspect.

Now I shall explain the browser compatibility issue from my experience. Hope you will enjoy the reading and it will be helpful for you in future.

What happened when a viewer opens a web page? He sends the request to open a particular web page by giving the URL (universal resource locator) in the form of “http://www” (http means hyper text transfer protocol and protocol means rules) to the server via a software application. This software application is called the ‘Browser’. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari etc. are the examples of such browsers. The browser connects the server through the Internet gateway. We send the request to the modem through the computer’s IP number.

Modem sends the request to the ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) IP number and finally connects it to the Domain Name Server (DNS), the server which keeps the mapping of the IP and the Domains). After connecting the web page, ISP sends the contents of that web page to the requesting computer through the browser. Whatever may be the form of the info, it comes in the form of html (hypertext mark-up language) only and the browser converts this html to normal output what we understand. That is why html is called a client side scripting language. So, a visitor can open a web page using any of the well-known browsers he likes. The choice of the browser may vary according to the availability of the browser, using habit of the particular cluster of viewers etc.

Here lies the basic problem. Because each browser does not read the HTML code in the same fashion and you, being the site owner, do not have any control on which Internet browser will be used to view your site.

What may happen if a website is not built compatible to multiple browsers?

Non-compatibility to multiple browsers normally does not effect the functionalities of a website. Rather it mostly affects the design view of a site, which creates the first long lasting impression on a viewers mind. A website may be displayed perfectly in a particular version of IE, but may look much different in Fire fox and even in other versions of IE also. The whole thing depends on the level of complexity of the design. In case of simple designs, if some conventions like W3C validation and standard resolution of 1024 pixels X 768 pixels are followed during the development process, normally it does not create any problem. But in case of a complex design, lot of other things should be taken care of. Now, to the best of my ability I shall try to write down some suggestions for the site owners and the web designers. It is nothing new; but may act as a reminder during the development process.

My suggestions for the website owners: It is a common practice for a good web development company to make all the websites compatible to two major browsers, named Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Still I like to say a few words to the respectable site owners.

Don’t forget to mention this aspect in your work specifications document.

Set your target audience and try to anticipate their browsing habits. Suppose your target audience is the viewers of Western Europe and there, viewers prefer Safari to IE or Mozilla. Then you have tell your website designer to make it compatible to Safari and at least another one of global acceptance like IE and Mozilla. You may have your website compatible to more than two browsers at time. But it may cost you few bucks more.

My suggestion for the web developers: Even if your client doesn’t mention anything about the browser compatibility or is ignorant of the fact totally, it is your moral obligation to make it compatible to the most frequently used version of IE and Mozilla (IE 6.0 & Mozilla 3.0). If the client is specific about his choice of browsers then get relaxed. There are many tools available that will help you to make your Website compatible to multiple browsers. Alternatively you can download a version each of the browsers you need and test your Web site in each of them. It is important to know that most of the discrepancies you will find are because of the different ways the browsers handle erroneous code.

Always try to get the HTML coding of your website W3C validation by using validating tools.

Develop the web site of your client by setting your computer’s resolution to 1024 pixels x 768 pixels. This resolution is fairly common and should take care of almost all your visitors, including those using wide screen monitors and laptops.

It is a common practice for the web programmers to apply CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) for designing purposes. They develop many CSS classes that are applied to different HTML components. While creating a CSS class remember that a single CSS class may behave differently in different browsers. So you have to develop a CSS class in such a way, that in different browsers the HTML output looks alike and get it tested properly before implementation of the same.

Above all keep the design structure as simple as possible. It will help you to sort out the browser compatibility factor easily.