Tuesday is election day. Mentata’s Jon Roberts developed a web application to perhaps help you make more educated voting decisions. Follow the links below, and you can say “Yea” or “Nay” on some of the same issues your
congressmen voted on in their most recent session. You don’t need to make a decision on every issue (you “Abstain” by default), but you need to vote on at least one to get results. Upon submission of your votes,
his application will evaluate how often your congressmen agreed with your calls (by %).
Feel free to try it as much as you want, and please forward this message
to anyone you can before Election Day. If you have trouble, contact email@example.com.
This example application is built entirely on open standards and
delivered using mostly open source software. In particular, it uses Java
servlets and an LDAP compliant directory database. The resulting
application is comprised of about 200 lines of Java code with a deployed
footprint of 10K. All work, including building the database, documenting
the project plan/requirements/design, writing the code, testing the app,
and delivering the system took under 40 hours. All software products
from Mentata Systems (www.mentata.com) are free and open source.
Thanks for any interest, and don’t forget to vote for real on Tuesday.
What do you think of this open source Java-based Web application; and did it make your voting decision more informed?