a new real estate agent, came to me with a requirement to build
a website for his real estate business. He wished his website to
emulate the best features of several similar sites which included
display of "For Sale" listings from the local Multiple
Listing Service database.
The local MLS
database is maintained and published by a service provider contracted
to the county's association of realtors. The property listings and
associated photos which make up the MLS database are kept in XML
files which are made available to agents for password-restricted
I first developed
a VisualBasic 6.0 application to import the XML data into a Microsoft
Access database. Next, I used VBScript to develop an ASP application
that would display the data on the website.
features on this website includes a short Flash animation. which
I designed. I used both PhotoShop and Fireworks for creating the
general graphic design.