My former employer Intuit Eclipse has successfully implemented a Java front end ("Solar Eclipse"... get it, Sun... Java... Solar, Arrrrrrgh) for their distribution ERP system. The nice part is that you can use any combibnation of GUI and character interface you like. For example, the guys in the warehouse can have old PC's with the Eclipse terminal emulator (which by the way allows a multi windowing charachter interface)installed while the accounting folks use the GUI or you can even run the terminal emulator for some things on the same PC as the Java GUI. This was all possible because the entire ERP system was VERY modular including a very smart "INPUT" routing used by every process requiring inputs from a user. Even so, the development of the java front end took over 2 years.
-----Original Message----- From: Dawn M. Wolthuis [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] I haven't gotten through all of the postings in the GUI thread as yet, but am working on the question of how to write a GUI that is as good as a "green screen" from the perspective of folks currently using a green screen application. I saw hints at that, but nothing that tackled it from the standpoint of being able to use any tools on the market today to accomplish this (no need to retain databasic code, for example). What could be used to actually replace, completely, the character screens? Requirements: 0) work with U2 as multiuser databases 1) Be able to use any Windows, new Mac (unix) or Linux client 2) Have graphically attractive & colorful screens, looking enough like standard GUIs (M$, in particular) that users would understand the use of icons, etc. 3) Respond to keystrokes by users -- not only to the click of a "submit" button 4) Require no preparation of the client computers in advance of using the software, likely directing user to a web page. 5) "type ahead" can be done so that the user is not waiting constantly for the computer to respond 6) Heads down data entry folks are as happy with this as they were with their green screens when they first got those and have only minor complaints if converting now from a green screen, none of substance What are the options -- who has written or seen such a GUI? --dawn -- u2-users mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.oliver.com/mailman/listinfo/u2-users