> Notes versus other groupware solutions? To me, it appears to be the
> battle of the proprietary choices: GroupWise, Collabra, Exchange (if you
> can truly call that "groupware"). Over the next couple of years I
> suspect we'll see dozens of Internet-based solutions pop up, all claiming
> to be "open" because they use Internet communications protocols, but in
> reality they'll all just be more proprietary solutions, many of which
> will die off over time.
claiming to be open: Radnet's WebShare. I do work for Radnet so this is
Here is how WebShare is more open:
- WebShare uses a RDBMS accessed through ODBC as its database. The product
is bundled with Sybase's SQL Anywhere. You can replace this with the
RDBMS of your choice.
- WebShare can optionally store file attachments and BLOBs like our picture
field in the file system. This gives much higher performance.
- Forms and views are designed in native HTML. There is support for
- The server scripting language is Visual Basic compatible.
- WebShare can use several different user authentication methods to
piggyback off of directory services you already have:
MAPI directory services
HTTP basic authentication
or you can use WebShare's built in authentication method.
- WebShare can integrate with the web server of your choice. WebShare
comes bundled with a Spyglass SSL server but can be used with any
CGI or ISAPI compliant web server.
Of course there are limits to what you can do with HTML compared with aQuote:>What about data publishing? Contrast the cool features of Notes with the
>brain-dead troff-wannabe that is HTML. Java is so complex that it'll be
>years before there are robust releases of standard tools that make it
>accessible to non-programmers.
proprietary client but there is great deal you can do with HTML. We think
the tradeoff is worth it to support the new universal client - the web
Some of WebShare's cool features include:
- File attachments*
- Edittable Picture fields*
- Collapsable views
- Pictures in views
- A graphical calendar view
- Dynamic column sorting
- Unread marks
- Private views
- All administration is done through the web browser.
*WebShare uses Form-based File Upload in HTML (RFC 1867) which is currently
available only in Netscape 2.0+.
Radnet has a 60 day fully fuctional trial version of WebShare available for
download from www.radnet.com. Also, the 8 starter applications that ship
with WebShare can be tried out online.