The Technical Services Web Site
We all hate paper. Let's not use it anymore. Let's fill out Work Orders, disseminate information, and learn new things using this expansive electronic medium. Let's not resort to paper until our hard drives are FULL.
What's going on? Interactive, data-driven, dynamic web pages will tell you.
What went on? Interactive, data-driven, dynamic web pages will tell you.
The machine is a former user workstation that has been pressed into use to run the VVC web server. It won't drop jaws, but it's nothing to sneeze at if you're running good software, and it didn't cost anything extra since we already had it.
The Operating System - FREE
FreeBSD is very cool. It is a Unix work-alike operating system, and as the name implies, it is free. That's right, people have designed an entire operating system that is multi-user, multi-tasking, multi-processor, stable, reasonably secure, supports multiple graphical user interfaces -- and they just gave it away. Versions of FreeBSD have run some of the largest Internet sites in the world, including Yahoo.
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The Web Server - FREE
Apache is the web server behind more web sites than all other servers combined. We figured that was good enough for us, too.
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The Server-Side Scripting Language - FREE
PHP makes it almost ridiculously easy to create dynamic pages, such as the Staff Directory pages which pull information from an online database as you request it. PHP is a flexible and powerful way to implement complicated functions into web pages.
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The Database - FREE
We have found MySQL to be fast, reliable, easy-to-use as databases go, and capable of all the stuff we need it to do. For example, the online Staff Directory information is stored in a MySQL database.
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Standards Specs and Validation - FREE
The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. In this case, we chose a couple of web standards that are pretty good. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides standards for Web technology. We have tried to adhere to their standards for HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to a reasonably close degree. Hopefully, this will allow our web pages to function and appear correctly in different web browsers -- although not all browsers adhere to the same standards.
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Note: IT's name is being changed to: Technical Services.
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