Oxford University Ranks ZK as a First Class Ajax Framework to Build Student Record System

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The Medical Sciences Division Learning Technologies Department of The University of Oxford ranks ZK, the leading Java web framework in the industry, as the best Ajax framework to build high performance Student Record Systems. The system based on ZK is used in a wide range of departmental administration units across the Division replacing multiple spreadsheets that were previously used to manage student information.

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The Medical Sciences Division Learning Technologies (MSDLT) Department of The University of Oxford ranks ZK, the leading Java web framework in the industry, as the best Ajax framework to build high performance Student Record Systems.

The MSDLT Department focuses on the development of student exam and feedback systems, e-learning systems, and research and administrative computer systems in the University of Oxford. The Student Record System based on ZK is used in a wide range of departmental administration units across the Division replacing multiple spreadsheets that were previously used to manage student information.

When constructing the system, it was not an easy task with the greatest challenge being the ability to sustain high levels of performance despite the substantial amounts of data that it needs to store and display. Additionally, users are reluctant to use paged list boxes thus increasing the difficulty of implementation as it becomes necessary to display 500 list rows on one page, where each row may contain more than 15 list cells.

To achieve this, the ZK framework was employed by MSDLT. The University of Oxford advocates ZK as a first class framework for building the system not only because had it delivered an outstanding performance when combined with Webkit based browsers such as Safari and Chrome but also because of its “full stack” presentation. The integrality of ZK greatly minimizes the workload when implementing Ajax components while decreasing the complexity of the learning process for Java developers, thus improving productivity and reducing costs substantially. High profile integration with other systems and browser-independence which provides identical user experiences across different browsers was also critical evaluations in the decision making. The MSDLT developing team was able to build their solution using ZK, Spring, and Hibernate in an effortless and elegant manner.

The University of Oxford’s MSDLT department stated that “none of the other systems in the market were able to provide these features” acknowledging ZK as a framework of great worth.

Today, in contrast to their legacy Excel based system, users can now access the system from any terminal with an internet connection enjoying the enriched amenity and convenience it has brought about. ZK, once again proved (its versatility in supporting) itself to be able to support cross disciplinary fields at enterprise level, and now with the endorsement and recognition from one of the best universities in the world, great attention is paid as to how ZK will rise and shine.

About Oxford

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and a leader in learning, teaching and research. The university’s remarkable global appeal continues to grow. Students from more than a hundred and forty countries and territories make up a student population of over twenty thousand. The university’s colleges and halls of which there are more than forty also help to foster the intense interdisciplinary approach that inspires much of the outstanding research achievement of the University and makes Oxford a leader in so many fields. It is an approach especially suited to confronting many of the hugely complex challenges that face us all. That is why we believe that the greater we can make Oxford, the greater its contribution to the well-being of the world you and I share.

About Potix

Potix Corporation develops and supports ZK, the #1 Ajax solution on SourceForge.net, the world's largest open source host. Innovation is the most driving force behind Potix. Potix delivers the first Ajax framework to support Java and Android phones, the first embeddable Ajax spreadsheet, and the first to synergize the power of pure Java, markup and scripting languages.

ZK has more than 1,500,000 downloads since its first release in late 2005. ZK is deployed by a large number of Fortune Global 500 companies, including Barclays, Societe Generale, Swiss RE, eBay, Roche, Deutsche Bank, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Audi, EMC and Toyota, providing them with the ability to rapidly create rich Ajax enterprise level applications.

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