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Hi, I want to know is it possible for me to create a window forms applications with networking capability (internet)?

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Yup, it is. Trying to do something specific?

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Thank you for the reply, planoie.

Ya, I am trying to do a small inventory system for own usage. I want to have an application which has the menu bar all that. One thing specific here is that I want to try to generate report using crystal report but I don't know whether can it be done in web form, this is why I am struggling as which platform should I use, a web form application or window form application?

Here is the brief requirements of the application:

1) To insert/edit/delete inventory data
2) To print report using crystal report.
3) I can update data to database regardless where I am (internet, as well as LAN).

I only have few months experience with .NET, so I feel that it is best to develop windows form application. What do you think?


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If you need the application to be usable over the internet and need the database to reside in a single place then you have two obvious options:

1. A web based application that talks to your database on its own LAN.

2. A desktop application that talks to the database thru web services. (This allows for an "internet enabled" application without the need to expose your database on a public IP address. You can make the web service require authentication or other kind of security measure to prevent unauthorized access.)

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Thanks for the info. I think I will go and try on web services. :)



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