What Do Ya Do Here?

Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:56:31 pm by Dustin
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I figured that since I have worked for two days now, I could explain what exactly I do.

Formos creates customized applications for whatever project somebody would like to have done. These projects are typically webbased with a server backend. The interesting thing though is that I am not making websites. The backend of these apps is Java. Yes, that’s right. The Java is quite complicated in fact. These Serlets fill in HTML forms with the help of something called Tapestry. Like the site says: “Tapestry is an open-source framework for creating dynamic, robust, highly scalable web applications in Java. Tapestry complements and builds upon the standard Java Servlet API, and so it works in any servlet container or application server.”

How does it work exactly? Well I’m still learning that. But it has a Java file, HTML file, and a *.page file for each view of the app. Each of these obviously does something different too. The HTML file will build a general layout (including CSS), but leaves blanks for calls to the Java file. This Java file fills in these blanks with calls to the database. The *.page file is somewhat like an include file, in that it is a small reference to where images and other misc items are stored and referenced. Most of my job is manipulating these three types of files.

My primary project is called KellyNet, a construction management system.

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  1. Ray

    Interesting… I’d like to see how this works. Something we really hadn’t dealt with at UP was Java servlets, and I wish we would have.

  2. Dustin

    Well if I could show you an example, I would, but our projects are currently in test.