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Last Updated:
22 October 2019
Version: 1.3.2

Dynamic Web Application (DWA)

Client: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Period: Apr 2004 - Mar 2005

Role(s): Team Leading, Web Development

Following implementation of the E-Science Fora (E-SF) for the Science Directorate, a number of similar sites for other parts of Defra were created as copies of E-SF. To fit in with Defra's IT strategy it was decided to develop a Dynamic Web Application (DWA) based upon the functionality of E-SF. Development used:

  • Windows 2000 servers
  • IIS (Internet Information Server) 6.0
  • Local PCs running Windows 2003 Server
  • Visual Studio .NET
  • ASP.NET 1.1
  • VB.NET
  • HTML
  • XML web services

Ambica has developed the following:

  • Home, menu and security pages.
  • User administration pages
  • Document and information library administration pages.

Following system testing and bug fixing, first implementation of DWA , called Sustainable Development Forum, was user acceptance tested by users from Defra's Sustainable Development Unit. As a result a number of enhancements were added:

  • Ability to have zone icons on the site and private home pages.
  • Facility to search across all discussion forums and document libraries a user has access to.
  • Additional file types (e.g. MS Project, Visio) were added to the file upload facility.

The site went live and can be found at

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