is designed to be implemented effectively on the internet.
When it was first developed, great emphasis was put
on the use of open standards and a minimum of system
requirements. Here are the most important technical
A multi-tiered architecture,
incorporating the web server, PHP and RDBM forms the
basis of PlusParts. A database abstraction layer allows
for any relational database to be used. When using the
CD-ROM version of PlusParts, we recommend that you use
to save costs
and easier administration. The CD-ROM and internet versions
generally use the same components in order to ensure
that appearance and functions remain the same and to
minimise the probability of errors. Companies that use
both systems will experience considerable cost reductions
in maintenance, since there is really only one system
On the server end, PlusParts
requires a Unix/Linux server or
Windows 200X server with an installed web server,
PHP and relational database. Hardware requirements remain
moderate. The Apache HTTP web server is used as standard,
although any other server working with PHP can be used,
e.g. Internet information server,
AOL server, Xitami, PWS or Netscape server.
The memory required depends largely on the amount of
exploded-view diagrams being used.
The internet version of PlusParts
requires only internet access, as well as a 4th generation
browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 4, Netscape 4.x).as
well as an installed Java Virtual Machine. In
order to view SVG and Flash files you will also need
a SVG viewer (e.g.: Adobe SVG viewer 3.0, Corel SVG
viewer 1.0) or Macromedia Flash player .PlusParts
can therefore be used worldwide. The CD-ROM version
requires Microsoft Windows with version 98 or higher
(98, 98SE, ME, NT4 SP6, 2000, XP), a CD-ROM drive, 128
MB Ram and at least an Intel Pentium II 400 Mhz. All
other components needed are supplied with the CD and
installed if necessary.
The combination of Apache,
PHP and MySQL has stood the test of time and is already
being used by millions on the internet. It also provides
PlusParts with a sound base for continually reliable
operation and makes it easy to expand and update PlusParts.
Anything that can be done with PHP can theoretically
also be done with PlusParts; e.g. more complex functions
such as links to existing ERPs or
the automatic creation of PDF files.