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We work in the IT services department of a large insurance company and were asked to rewrite an old PC-based finance application using a Web-based Java solution. The project development team's background was based on mainframe technologies with some client/server and Web experience (HTML, ASP, basic Java, and JSP). Our first attempt to build a different server-side Java application ended in frustration and an ungainly heap of code. Java scriptlets intermingled with HTML meant that organizing the JSP assets was cumbersome and Java debugging almost impossible. Furthermore, we couldn't believe that we were developing in a "modern development environment" without visual tools! There had to be a better way... Salmon LLC, a New York-based consulting company, had recently completed a project for us using SOFIA (the Salmon Open Framework for Internet Applications). SOFIA,... (more)