Project Overview

The Armed Forces Association came to us with a need to bring their annual print directory, the United States Military Purchasing Directory, to the web. We provided two applications. The first was for contracting officers in the military seeking vendors who sell everything from fruit to religious vestments to nuclear reactors. The second was for vendors looking to be listed and willing to pay the subscription monthly fees.

Programming Highlights

  • We converted a flat-file database into a complex relational database that is significantly more searchable
  • integration for one-off payments are fairly easy, but much more difficult is their subscription service that we integrated in this case
  • Searching goes against several many-to-many relationships, so we developed a search form that has jQuery modal boxes for selecting criteria
  • Once a contracting officer has identified favored vendors, we supplied a groups feature that lets him create custom groups and add vendors to it for quick retrieval