This project was aimed at developing interactive Web site that enables user to style cars, and in particular:
- to choose car make, model series, model and colour of a car (see Image 1),
- to choose types and measures of wheel disks (see Image 2),
- to get detailed information about chosen wheel disks (see Image 3),
- to preview the car with chosen wheel disks (see Image 4).
BBV Autokonfigurator was implemented in PHP 4; Dynamic HTML was also widely used. Detailed information about cars and wheel disks as well as their location on the disc is stored in MySQL database and displayed in the browser window by embedded into PHP instruments for the database access. Some pages have print versions.
Sprachdatenbank system (languages database) developed for Autokonfigurator enables creating convenient multilingual
interface. All the text messages are stored in the database and displayed by their ID and the language ID. Auto-konfigurator can be represented in 18 languages.
On the basis of BBV Autokonfigurator two similar projects, Viborg (see Image 5) and Autokonfigurator Standard (see Image 6), were developed. They also use Sprachdatenbank and databases with the information about cars and wheel disks, though have something limited functionality and some changes in design.
Later two additional products, Konfigurator Protection and Konfigurator PHP Protection, were developed.
Konfigurator Protection was designed to protect the customer against the unauthorized usage of BBV Konfigurator in other sites' content. After the implementation of Konfigurator Protection it is no longer possible to call BBV Konfigurator in such a way, except you are granted to do this in the site configuration.
Konfigurator PHP Protection was designed to protect BBV Konfigurator sources and to add the feature of license expiration when the product is installed on the server placed at the client's side. When the solution is protected with PHP Protection it is not possible to modify or view Konfigurator source code. Additionally, each client receives a unique ID with corresponding license information. License information is periodically updated from the main server and can be changed by the administrator. When the client's license expires, the client is no longer granted to use Konfigurator. Protecting with PHP Protection can be performed automatically by specifying the path to PHP scripts.
Programming languages: PHP, HTML, DHTML, Java Script, CSS
Servers: Apache 1.3.6, MySQL
Platforms: FreeBSD 4.3