Let’s say I have about 1,500 names of various animals, to each of which I want to assign very short snippets of biological alphanumeric information. Each entry also has longer associated information texts, 99.9% of which are going to be about 75-125 words long. There will also be a “Run” button for each entry which talks to another piece of associated software.
My first idea was to use CSV tables, but limits on the number of rows force the use of separate containers, and that raises search and other questions. I thought Alloy was an attractive possibility, so I bought it to explore. After watching all the tutorials, I think it shows promise for our application, but I’m still not sure.
I want to use Foundry to build a visually pleasing local website to control this “edutainment” system. The Home/Intro page will have explanatory text and a “Launch” button which starts up another related program. This software will feature a CSV table containing a special different type of scientific information about the 1,500 website organisms. Plus other stuff I can’t talk about.
To make use of this system, the user opens the local website, then clicks the Launch button. The user then picks a program, clicks its Run button, sits back, and enjoys the show.
I am not the genius behind this. I’m an ideas man, so I devised the concept initially, then when the code and hardware was almost finished I was asked to build the website for it. I suggested the idea of using an additional local website to educate the user and control the system.
So, is this local website feasible using Alloy? I’m not asking Alloy to jump through any hoops, merely to make a local site that can handle 1,500 short “blog posts” without falling over. All the other necessary software has been developed and is almost halfway through beta testing.