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>>>       Please let me know any insight regarding software, middleware,
>>>connectivity, networks, etc....  I am starting from scratch and need help.
>>>
>>>        TIA,
>>>
>>>        Lance Van Winter  


Lance --

You, sir, have QUITE an undertaking.

There are many options. You might want to look at a CASE tool such as Obsydian.

ProGen was mentioned; I've had excellent results with the "green screen"
generator, but no experience with the Client/Server stuff.

Delphi/400 is -- from what I've heard -- an excellent product. You'll have a
learning curve.

Visual Basic is so well supported, it makes it an easy decision.

And Java is all the rage, no?

Whatever you decide, I would HIGHLY recommend you bring in some outside
_experienced_ help at the outset. Stand on someone else's shoulders for a
while; at least until you scale the learning curve.

To address another point that was brought up: a GUI does not -- and SHOULD NOT
-- demand a mouse! A _well designed_ GUI will allow the user to user shortcut
keystrokes and function keys as well as the mouse. Don't let that argument
scare you away.

And as far as "heads down" data entry; why is it assumed that a green screen is
faster? In fact, a client/server program and perform validation routines at the
local workstation, sometimes without even touching the server. It is not a
given that a client/server model is necessarily a poor high-volume performer.

If it were my choice, I'd already be leaning toward a Java-based solution. This
is the future, and that's where I want to be <g>.

Peace,

-- Don "I'd rather be playing street hockey" Schenck

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