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#1 Barnsite

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:42 AM

Hi,

I am completely new to mobile application development. I've been asked to look at producing a mobile interface to our on-line stock control system (ASP.net web application).

I can source my own hardware (only restriction is cost, as always! and request for approx 7" screen).

The basic tasks will be:

Enter Stock Counts / Adjustments.
Viewing inventory.
Capturing images of stock items.

The app must be able to work offline, then synchronise the data to a database sitting behind the ASP.net application.

I'm primarily a C# / ASP.net developer.

Initial research seems to suggest that a .net solution will not be that easy to implement, unless I fork out a lot of money for Windows Tablet, or use Mono, which is reported as being slow?

I really don't want to have to learn a whole new language if I don't have to!

Any advice, ideas, etc welcomed!
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#2 BlackRabbit

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

Well, you might not need to learn one language, but at least you will need to learn a framework to exports to every device you want to work with.
And you probably will have to expend some money buying different devices if just in getting really familiarized with it sake.

#3 Barnsite

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:42 AM

Thanks for the response. It is an in house application, so I only need to get it to work with the device that we choose to use.

The part I'm not sure about is how to work the off-line storage, will I need a database on the mobile?
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#4 BlackRabbit

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:38 AM

That is not a problem, SQL lite or active record should be running in any device. You also can store information in text files, or even use "local storage" in HTML 5 ;)

#5 Barnsite

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

Hi, thanks, the local storage looks like it could fit the bill perfectly!
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