We've recently been updating SchoolWorks by adding reports and tweaking the scheduling logic. Most of our enhancements will go unnoticed and simply make the product better behind the user interface. One recent change, however, will catch your attention almost immediately.
We've added a homepage quick link system similar to what you get with "FastDial" for Mozilla Firefox (http://userlogos.org/extensions/fastdial)or the start page of Google Chrome. Within SchoolWorks, this new start page lists your most frequently used modules with a small thumbnail of that screen. Extremely useful, for example, if you don't want to waste clicks doing your daily tasks.
1 March 2008.
SchoolWorks announced the release of Version 2.0 of its web-based student information system. As with all web applications, speed of operation is vitally important to usibility. SchoolWorks Student Information System is no exception. Two major enhancements to the system were achieved this winter: AJAX controls and XML report generation.
"In Version 1, we focused on stability, simplicity, and functionality," says primary development engineer, Seth Niemuth. "With the new version, we set out to get fast!" According to Niemuth, by adding AJAX controllers to the user interface, page load times have been markedly decreased. The primary change is the increased responsiveness of the system. With AJAX, this is achieved by exchanging small amounts of data with the server behind the scenes so that entire web page does not have to be reloaded each time there is a need to fetch data from the server. This is intended to increase the web page's interactivity, speed, and usability.