One of our developer's came up with the idea for the
WhileYouWereOut applet one day
when he got tired of
seeing those pink "While You Were Out" pieces of
paper on his desk when he returned
to the office after a short trip. He thought "there
must be a better way of doing this electronically".
On that day this applet was born.
The WhileYouWereOut applet that you're
about to see is an
incomplete version of his original idea. Why incomplete?
Because this applet is intended for use on intranets,
not the Internet. There are so many different ways that you
can connect this applet to your internal e-mail system or a
database that we decided to do "none of the above".
Instead, we've provided a skeleton that you can use however
you like to connect to your own e-mail or database system.
This applet uses methods from Java JDK 1.0x, so it will run
in almost all modern browsers.
Created with Visual Cafe
Another thing you'll notice about this applet
(when you see the source code) is that it
was created with Visual Cafe, and in particular, uses the
Visual Cafe KeyPressManagerPanel component.
We selected this component to make it easy to traverse the
data-entry fields in the proper order. The only drawback
is that you must have this component available for your
system if you want to use this applet.
You can see the WhileYouWereOut
applet in action by clicking on the "Start"
Internet Explorer users - some of the
applet labels are not positioned correctly when using
Explorer v3.x (we haven't tested v4.x). We haven't worried
about making changes to accommodate Explorer because we use
Netscape in-house. However, if you want to use this applet
with Explorer, it will require a few label adjustments.
Or, if you prefer, you can also modify the code to use
Grid Bag's, which may correct the Explorer problem.