eBusiness Applications Introduces Web ComboBox Version 3.0

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Users gain desktop experience in web applications with AJAX functionality, including GMailÂ? and GoogleÂ? Suggest-like fuzzy searching, and cross-browser compatibility.

based enterprise software components, today launched EBA: Web ComboBox V3.0 to ASP.NET, J2EE, PHP and Classic ASP web application developers. V3 builds on core functionality developed to provide intelligent on-the-fly data retrieval on a web page. Software developers can use the component in web based forms to allow access to large databases in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, and Camino web browsers, and end users will be able to interact with data in a smooth interface that is like the desktop experience. Web ComboBox will provide functionality similar to what has been seen in popular desktop applications, and more recently in Google's popular GMail and Suggest applications.

“Business users prefer to work with web applications that are as easy to use as traditional desktop applications. That's where AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) based software is playing a major role. AJAX allows faster and more intuitive interfaces with data,” says Andre Charland, President of EBA. “Our components allow developers to provide this technology quickly and easily. Web ComboBox V3 evolves the user experience by allowing people to carry out tasks such as bringing up customer records, or quickly performing 'fuzzy' searches for hidden information, without ever refreshing the page. By being able to perform data entry and search tasks more quickly, the time saved by companies will be significant.”

Through a combination of traditional and non-traditional “fuzzy search” techniques, Web ComboBox V3 provides dramatically improved methods of selecting from thousands of records in real time. In a web form that asks the user to choose a product from a database of a million possible choices, the user is able to type a short portion of a product name or vendor and instantly see an ordered list of the top 10 most likely choices. This differs from traditional web based lookup controls that require the user to select a record based on the beginning of the word only. Web ComboBox V3 goes a step further and allows users to make multiple selections, and even browse through the data or make iterative searches based on progressively more detailed information. Upon selection, other form fields can be filled with the details of that selection in real time.

Web ComboBox V3 introduces the following new features:

  • Expanded Searching Capabilities - Six powerful search modes duplicate some of the most advanced lookup functionality in use today. SmartSearch provides intelligent prioritized substring searching. Smartlist provides innovative list-building capabilities, and Compact mode is a great way to provide non-intrusive lookup capabilities where it matters most.
  • Cross-browser and Cross-platform Compatibility - Safe to deploy to public-facing web applications. V3 is compatible with 99% of Internet users through Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, and Camino engine compatibility on both PC and Macintosh platforms. Improved support for ASP.NET, Classic ASP, PHP, and JSP JRE 1.4+. Support for many popular databases including Oracle, MySQL, Access, SQL Server, and DB2.
  • Leverage the power of AJAX - EBA web controls make use of a concise XML and JavaScript interface that minimizes network traffic and accelerates client-side rendering of data.
  • Improved Accessibility – Meets US government standards for accessibility (Section 508), and is fully keyboard navigable.

In a recent review by industry periodical ASP Alliance, Web ComboBox V3 was labeled “… a powerful addition to a professional web developer's toolbox” and “… the one-stop solution for any lookup functionality.” EBA software components are now in use in over 20 countries and by Fortune 500 firms such as Fidelity National Financial, Ceridian, Time Warner, and the Bank of America.

eBusiness Applications received the Innovation Award at the Canadian eBusiness Leadership Awards in Vancouver, British Columbia in recognition of its advancement of web based application technologies.

eBusiness Applications is an Internet software development company located in North Vancouver, BC. The company is committed to developing rich internet applications that leverage the latest Internet technologies such as XML, J2EE, .NET and Web Services, and create efficient business processes. Software development areas include: software components, content management, ecommerce, registration systems, business process automation and new Internet technologies. eBusiness Applications also has strong commitments to social responsibility and helping non-profit organizations. For more information, visit http://developer.ebusiness-apps.com.

EBA: Web ComboBox V3 will be available on July 18, 2005 at http://developer.ebusiness-apps.com and through international resellers. To request additional information, or evaluate a trial, go to http://developer.ebusiness-apps.com.

For further information, please contact:

Alexei White

Tel: 604 985 9287/ (cell) 604 340 9257

E-mail: awhite@ebusinessapps.com

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