Online Reservations for Oklahoma Christian

Posted on April 9, 2007. Filed under: Clients, Main, Microsoft, Software Development, Web Development |

We finally put into production our most recent web application for Oklahoma Christian University’s Office of Residence Life (formerly Housing Department).  This will help streamline the normally lengthy process the students used to endure.

Prior to this new addition, each student would come into the office with his/her friends, wait in a long line to meet with the Housing Coordinator, then select a room from a paper copy of the floor plan, without knowing what was available ahead of time.

Now each student can use a touch screen monitor located in the lobby of the Residence Life Office to see every floor plan available, along with prices for each room and whether or not a room is occupied.  This will let them know ahead of time what is available, saving both time and frustration.

The floor plans are dynamically updated every time a reservation is made, by using the Microsoft Office system.  Each Residence Hall floor plan is saved in Microsoft Excel, with custom formatting applied.  Every time a spot in the dorms is reserved, the Housing Coordinator updates and saves the floor plan, which is automatically published to the web app.  No more waiting to go in, now you’ll know exactly what’s available at any given time!

The application, based on .NET 2.0, also features a FAQ page and a Java-based calendar.  A slide show of all the floor plans cycles through when no one is using it, which attracts attention and provides quick information to passers-by.

Although this application is designed for use with this particular 19″ touch screen, it is easily adaptable for use as an intranet site

with just a few modifications.

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Housing Reservations screen shot

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