Any ideas for making this web-based app available locally?
Posted on 2004-09-30
Seeking advice on what to do about this situation:
We offer a web-based service where people monitor their
websites and can access their traffic data online in a GUI format.
(The GUI is rendered in HTML & PHP).
We also store their data online for them for 1 week (on our mySQL db),
but they can also download the data (in CSV format) and keep
it on their local hard-drive as long as they wish.
We now have a bunch of users with archived data on their local
machine, but with no GUI to display that data. Many of them just
import it into Excel or Access and play with it that way. But
most of them don't do ANYTHING with it, so what we'd really like
is a "local" version of our GUI product on their computers so
that they can access their archived data at home just like they
can their new data online.
So what I'm looking for are suggestions on how to do that.
On my own, without any creative ideas, I would probably just
hire somebody to write a program in VB .net and try to get
the same functionality as our online version.
But SURELY there's a better/quicker/easier/more elegant/more
interesting/cooler/etc. way than that. We already have the
interface and PHP->database code. Isn't there someway we could
port that to a user locally somehow without essentially
starting all over from scratch?
All suggestions, ideas and comments are welcome and appreciated.
Thanks in advance.