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    Default Is this project realistic?

    Hello to all you java developers!

    Im in my 2nd year of java programming and i think it is time for me to make a "real program".
    So i decided to try to make a java-program for handling orders to various suppliers. The goal is that i can be used by my farther so he easily can order products from his suppliers at work. So my question before i begin is, is it even possible can the Java language do this is the project realistic?

    The program:
    -Swing GUI
    -Installable from on a windows platform using a .exe
    -Import product+product numbers (from xml file) from the suppliers
    -Search for the products when ordering
    -Save orders so they later can be re-loaded and checked upon product arrival.
    -Have a costumer database with name/number and date of ordering, so we know who to contact upon product arrival.
    -Save and load unfinished orders, since we have various suppliers and only sends out orders twice a week.

    -There must be a database (preferred SQL) for saving data. Should/can this be local or do i have to find a SQL host? The client PC will be online at all time.

    I hope you can help me or point me in the right direction. Maybe a more powerful or suitable language exists?

    I thank you in advance.

    /Jaze


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    Default Re: Is this project realistic?

    The best advice I can give you is to start small and work in tiny incremental steps. It's good to have an overall picture of your end goal, but you have to break that picture up into much smaller pieces- you've started to do that already.

    All of those things are certainly possible in Java (although I don't understand why installation from an exe is a crucial piece.. why restrict people on other platforms from using your program?). So now it's a process of breaking them down even further, prioritizing, and working through them without letting feature creep ruin you (stop yourself from getting carried away with "but wouldn't this other thing be cool!" before you finish the first thing you're working on). Good luck!
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    Thank you KevinWorkman!
    I get your point about being carried away. The reason for doing the installation from an exe, is only because i want the program to be and look "professional". Until now i have only made small java programs that would run in Eclipse, and for this program i wanted a desktop icon for launching the program and for that i simply assumed that some sort of installation would be necessary.

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    Default Re: Is this project realistic?

    Quote Originally Posted by j4ze View Post
    Thank you KevinWorkman!
    I get your point about being carried away. The reason for doing the installation from an exe, is only because i want the program to be and look "professional". Until now i have only made small java programs that would run in Eclipse, and for this program i wanted a desktop icon for launching the program and for that i simply assumed that some sort of installation would be necessary.
    Fair enough. But I would put that as a lower priority than the main pieces of the program. You could deploy it as a Web Start application or an applet for the time being- that way if your dad likes it, he can recommend it to his friends, etc. But it's really up to you.
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