NetTalk WebServer - Pre-Sales FAQ
This document covers the some basics Pre-Sales WebServer Questions and Answers.
issues, including recommended ISP's, are covered
questions are covered here
- P1: Which HTML Designer do I need?
- P2: How much do I need to know about CSS?
- P4: Do I need to know XML?
- P5: Do I need to know AJAX?
- P6: Do I need other software (like IIS or Apache) to deploy a NetTalk server?
- P7: Can I build Secure Web Sites (SSL) using NetTalk?
- P8: Can NetTalk sites be accessed from mobile devices?
- P9: Can I use NetTalk Web Server to make SOAP Servers (ie Web
- P10: Does it cost anything to deploy a NetTalk Web Server?
- P11: What other options do I have, or should I consider, before
P1: Which HTML visual designer do I need?
You don't need any designer. The templates generate complete HTML code so don't need any external design.
That said, if you are not familiar with HTML then having a visual
designer handy is helpful for both learning HTML, and also constructing
HTML snippets that you may want to embed in your site. Any visual
designer can be used for this, as long as you can both design visually,
and see the HTML underneath.
A slightly more complex answer to this question is that using browser
development tools, like
FireBug you will
learn how to make global design changes by changing not the generated
HTML but the CSS instead.
P2: How much do I need to know about CSS?
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used to control the visual styles of the
eventual web site. This gives you a lot of control over the final look of
The answer to the question is "none". You don't need to know anything
about CSS to get started. The CSS file that ships with NetTalk is a
reasonably complete set of styles, that generate reasonably good looking web
pages. There are a number of themes included to choose from.
At some point you will probably want to open the CSS file and take a look
inside. Most of the settings are very simple, and can be easily changed with
a text editor.
Again the answer is, "no you don't", but again the longer answer is,
"you might at some point."
likely that many more features will be added as time goes on, also using
create your own sites or applications.
You may want to add your own features, and to do this a
can learn when you need to.
P4: Do I need to know XML?
No. XML is used under-the-skin but it is not something you need to worry about.
P5: Do I need to know AJAX?
AJAX is not a particularly well defined term, and has come to mean different
things to different people. Originally it stood for Asynchronous
number of different techniques which made web sites more responsive, and
more usable. These techniques are sometimes also collectively known as
NetTalk does make use of a number of AJAX techniques, including
on. The browses and forms (and other bits) are dynamic, and the
interface for the user is very rich, but you do not need to be concerned
about the mechanics of how this happens.
P6: Do I need other software (like IIS or Apache) to deploy a NetTalk server?
The Clarion program you create (the EXE) has the web server built in. There are
no external dependencies. One of the big goals with NetTalk Web Server was
to make deployment of the server super simple.
P7: Can I build Secure Web Sites (SSL) using NetTalk?
Yes, SSL is fully supported.
P8: Can NetTalk sites be accessed from mobile devices?
Yes, all "modern" smart-phone devices are able to access, and use NetTalk sites
either via their built in browser, or via the Opera browser compatible with that
P9: Can I use NetTalk Web Server to make SOAP Servers (ie Web services)?
Yes, creating SOAP servers, ie
creating a Web services Server is really very simple. NetTalk includes
procedures to create Web Services, and Web Service Methods. The application
will generate a WSDL file for you so that others can easily consume your
service. The services are also fully self-documenting which again makes it
easier for other developers to make use of your service.
P10: Does it cost anything to deploy a NetTalk Web Server?
No, NetTalk apps are completely royalty free. (You obviously need a server to deploy the application onto,
but you don't pay CapeSoft per-server or anything like that.)
P11: What other options do I have, or should I consider, before
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