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EncounterPRO on the Web 6 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 0
Mark - I was talking to another developer here in Memphis today that I was trying to interest in doing some development work on the EPRO OS. However, his shop is primarily a web development shop. He wasn't much interested in anything other than web development. How much effort would it take to move EPRO to a web-hosted application that could be easily accessed by anyone from anywhere they had internet connectivity? He was most concerned about the time required to recode screens and reports, but is there anything else limiting its use in such an environment? Does the initial Powerbuilder development make such a change much more difficult?

Seems like it would be a lot easier to "sell" in a web environment.
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Re:EncounterPRO on the Web 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
I stumbled on this project Googling and looked interesting being an Open Source project based on .Net platform I thought at first, but looking closer, the client being done in Powerbuilder limits it's potential since obtaining Powerbuilder cost compared to the Express versions of Visual Studio (free). I'm a C#/VB.Net/ASP.net developer and interested in a medical platform to be used at the clinic I work for.
Any thoughts on having a Web based (ASP.net) client in the future?
Anyway I'm downloading the installer and giving it a test drive.
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Re:EncounterPRO on the Web 6 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 0
Sorry for the delayed response; I've been on vacation for 10 days and just got back last night. You have an excellent question and there are a several things that may help keep EncounterPRO-OS on your radar.

First, EncounterPRO-0S is, at it's core, a workflow management system along the lines of Business Process Management products. Like most BPM systems, EncounterPRO can take components or "plug-ins" that are interchangeable with any existing workflow components. These components can be written in any .Net language or, if neeeded, any other language that can be wrapped with a COM wrapper. This means that for almost any screen where the user interacts with patient data, you may indeed, today, write or rewrite that screen in C# and use it in EncounterPRO. This makes the fact that the kernel and shell are written in PowerBuilder much less of an obstacle.

Second, Sybase (the parent company of PowerBuilder and now owned by SAP) has recently released the latest in a long line of releases that move PowerBuilder into the .Net world. The PowerBuilder version 12 released last May includes PowerBuilder.Net which actually uses visual studio as it's IDE and compiles into .Net assemblies. I have explored the path of converting all of EncounterPRO into .Net assemblies, and while there are some issues of course, there is nothing that big in the way. So in a very real way, with the kind of effort associated with a new development environment major release, EncounterPRO-OS *is* already a .Net application.

I would love to talk about an effort to produce an asp.Net client. Given the .Net nature of PowerBuilder, many peices of EncounterPRO-OS could be consumed directly by an ASP.Net application. I know of a third party creating a proprietary web-based front end for EncounterPRO-OS and two others building cloud-hosted saas-delivered products using the EncoutnerPRO-OS windows client and one-or-another form of remote desktop technology. Given the advances in remote desktop and the ability to recompile EncounterPRO-OS (peices or whole) into .Net assemblies, there may be some opportunity for you to make use of EncounterPRO-OS.

Mark
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Oh, I forgot one other point... The International Sybase Users Group (www.isug.com) has arranged with Sybase to allow their gold members to use NFR copies of PowerBuilder 11.5 and PowerBuilder 12.0 for evaluation and prototyping. Gold membership is $99 and comes with many other benefits so the investment needed really take a look at EncounterPRO-OS may be much smaller than you thought.
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Re:EncounterPRO on the Web 6 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0
I do think this might be quite useful.

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