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Thomas Paccaci
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Dear friends,

Java background: I just finished reading Head first: Java and i am in the middle of the SCJP book. I love my Java web stuff to administer servers (HP Openview, Navisphere,...)

I am system administrator for a telco company. Recently we have built a big application for billing customers that has a bunch of services running on numerous servers. It gave me the idea to build a webpage for authorized people to log in to with a nice GUI that would give a quick overview of the services running in real-time.

Something pretty simple like a table of services and their status either ON or OFF (red/green lights would be nice too) so i need to be able to do remote checks of services and access to the service manager of windows server 2003 boxes.
I want to setup a simple application that will display via a web browser and ultimately will allow administrators to start/stop/restart services from there.

Well, thats just an idea because the reading hadn't brought me yet a sufficient knowledge but i am really motivated to start.

So to build such a web interface, on which technology should i rely on? Java, J2EE, JSP, awt,...? What should be my development process: starting building the app graphically? Use UML? Which IDE would be best suited for that purpose?

Thats a lot of question because i am starting alone and i am a beginner. Hope to hear from you though, if you could throw some ideas that would allow me to go further i would be grateful and happy.


Oh and why not use Nagios? Because i want to learn Java of course.

 
Sumit Bisht
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Interesting thought.
I think you would need jsf as a frontend (due to a complex interface)
I am currently using netbeans 6.1 and apart from its lack of speed like eclipse, it is quite easy to use and maintain netbeans and after some time, its application specific code.
 
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Welcome to JavaRanch
That question is too difficult for the beginners' forum. I shall have to move it. Not sure where . . . probably JSF.
 
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