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Hello,

I have question about the In-Store application at your local Borders Bookseller.  Does anyone know how/what type of application this is (i.e.: Web enabled Kiosk, Full-Screen VB, VB.Net, C#, C++, etc.)?

I would like to learn how to develop this type of application.

Any help/guidance appreciated in advance.

Thanks
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They use a variety of technologies but are primarily a SUN shop, using http://www.sun.com/software/javaenterprisesystem/javacaps/ and
http://www.seebeyond.com/software/ican.asp to tie applications together and perform web integration with back end systems.

Same on the web they use a mix of IBM websphere, with JSP, PHP and Struts.
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Thanks for the response Rod.  I really appreciate it. One last question.  Can something like the Borders Application be accomplished with C# and/or VB.Net and ASP.Net?  I am currently learning these technologies/languages.

Is there any place on the web I can look for some sort of tutorials for creating/developing these types of applications.

Once again, thanks in advance.
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Borders has dozens of applications which is why they use those technologies to try to integrate the whole mess.  They have 1200 locations, bought Walden books and had to merge those technologies, and massive financial, fulfillment and ERP back ends.

You're getting into the .NET versus J2EE argument which no one ever wins. (Time and the stock market will tell who won.)  {alternatively IE versus everyone else)

MS .NET technology can build anything J2EE, et. al. can build.

MS technology is a bit more accessible to newer programmers, but Borders is not a great example since they are huge compared to many companies.

The majority of businesses are in the SMB space, and you can find anything from PHP, .NET, J2EE, Phython, Ruby.  I'm seeing a lot more job ads for .NET programmers than  J2EE variants, but that could be that SMB market place difference.

Web or stand alone applications, learn the basics of programming in any language and you won't have difficulty in switching gears if you need to.

You have to decide what niche you want to target...muck like a medical student has to decide between cariology, oncology or pediatrics, etc.  Its a big world.
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