Actually thats not the issue in my view - its NOT the PLATFORM that is
the problem. ...
The issue for me is where do I store the data? Which copy is the master
copy? Put it on the web and I can edit it from 'anywhere'.
This has been a very interesting and important discussion about the location and platform of Sailwave system. Here is some random thoughts. I think, one of the most important points of view is flexibility, which can be achieved by modularity.
There are many issues to decide. Each of them can be solved in many ways.
1. Location of data
2. Location of software (logical rules)
3. User interface for data entry
4. User interface for the public accessing the results
1 & 2. No successful web service has a single central computer today, the data and processing must be distributed. A club should choose if they use it's own server or a common server maintained by for example by a national sailing federation. If you like, all member clubs could share the rules and the list of participants mastered by the federation.
3. It is probably easiest to use a web browser, then virtually all devices can access it. (We should not put too much weight on internet access costs, they are dropping down rapidly.) A better user experience can be created by creating a Java client optimized for different devices like mobile phone.
4. The public can have much better view to the results and competitor information as they could be easily linked to each others.
The software could share base information of competitors, if they had an id something like "firstname.lastname@example.org" (where fsf.fi is a national federation).
I totally agree there is a problem when people don't have Broadband, and
server based will make this harder for me as that club PC I mentioned
has no internet access as club is too remote to get BB (plus its classed
as business premises so BT want £30 a month vs £10, on top of their £45
(By the way, there has been some efforts to create a common result service for different clubs: http://www.sailingregister.com/mainpage.html?locale=en_GB . They don't have scoring but used Sailwave input files.)
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