Re: Idea to help OVC, BBV, USCountVotes(UCV),VotersUnite ....

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Sun Nov 21 2004 - 16:37:54 CST

Hi Kathy & all,

You'll probably have to develop your own software for this. MySQL
doesn't cost a dime if you will keep your sources open and not use it
for commercial purposes. It's fine for this type of database. XML &
SQL? They are great buzz words but not really compatible with each
other (XML is hierarchical and SQL is relational). You can transmit the
data via XML/SOAP and store it in a relational database however, just
keep the storage formats separate. This is fairly easy to do - put your
SOAP server up on an Axis framework using Tomcat and dump the data into
your MySQL database. Exposing the information on a SOAP frame is a good
idea, it's pretty much the standard for web services these days.
Jakarta commons DB makes the database interface a bit simpler. You'll
also want to find a good reporting interface, I believe that Crystal
Reports (commercial $$$) still leads in this area.

This coordination effort is a great suggestion for a new open source
project. First get some basic software working and then send out a
request for developers. I believe you'll get an excellent response from
the open source community.


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