The Valley Plastics website utilizes the latest technologies in
enterprise-level web site design, on both the client and server side.
Developed over the course of approximately six months,the goal of
this project was to provide ongoing news, tools, and account information to existing
VP customers, and to publicize the innovative business strategies that have
propelled VP to where it is today.
There are two primary areas of functionality that complement the site's more
static content. The first of the two areas is a full featured news posting system, which
allows ongoing posting of news, links and job offerings on the site, organized in to
several sections. This includes a full browser-based administration system, where
authorized users may easily post new content from any computer with a web browser and
an internet connection. The second of the two areas is a customer tools section, which is
by far the more complex of the two. This area organizes up-to-date customer account
information into a searchable, extensible, easily updated, SQL database format. This
involves a sophisticated integration system with VP's in-house FileMaker 3.0 database.
Also worth mentioning is a full member administration system which allows new
companies and users to be added and assigned login credentials.
design. This combination of technologies allows unfettered functionality in concert with a
high-end graphic presentation. The back-end database is a Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, the
fastest and most powerful database system for the web. This site utilizes the DTS (Data
Transformation Services) available in SQL to allow ongoing integration with the
otherwise incompatible VP flat-file database system. Although the site is optimized for
MS Internet Explorer 5.0, it is fully compatible with Netscape and older browsers.
Emphasis was placed on creating a highly graphical interface feel, without creating
unreasonable file size overhead. The site is hosted at a facility in San Francisco, which
features a devoted T3 Internet connection.
My name is Ryan Cooper, and I am an independent web site designer
and programmer. Although I am affiliated with several design firms, the Valley Plastics
web site project is a solo endeavor, which is performed on a contract basis. I performed
all interface and graphic design, as well as site-wide information architecture and
database integration. I have a rich
background in Graphic Design, Print Design, Photography, and Web Site Production. I
am certified by BrainBench in HTML Programming, Photoshop 5.5, Dreamweaver 3.0,
and I have a Master Level Certification in Flash 4.0, the web's most powerful multimedia
content design program. I am currently employed as the chief multimedia developer for a
pre-launch B2B "Click and Mortar" e-commerce web site (www.ClubSalon.com), which
implements these same technologies for highly complex shopping, content management, and
user management systems, supporting perhaps the most convoluted set of business rules
ever devised by any industry. I perform work for other businesses on an independent
contractor basis. You may contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a
telephone conversation if you are interested in learning more about my services. A
portfolio of web sites I have designed and deployed may be viewed at: http://www.ryancooper.com.
I look forward to speaking with you to discuss
your specific needs and formulate a proposal that suits your vision and budget.