Case Study Info

Virtual Catalog Application

The Challenge

The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance. They come to Softage needing a system of searching books, studying programs, etc., which allows the saving of search results, creating PDF reports, sending a third party a link to the search results, saving the results for registered users, and transferring the user to the buying page. It fell to the specialists of Softage to develop a virtual catalog (VC) product meeting these diverse requirements.

Solution Overview

The purpose of the virtual catalog application is allowing users to create a selection of resources produced by ASTD, and to allow them to purchase there sources from an associated catalog. The data required to build the catalogs is contained in the TIMMS database.

Main features

  • Searching system.
  • Building user’s own catalog.
  • Support two different presentation types.
  • Sharing with friends system.
  • Catalog result managing system.
  • Creating PDF view of all searching results.
  • Integrated with a shopping card.

Tools and technologies

  • AJAX
  • jQuery
  • iTextSharp
  • MSSQL 2005