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Need technology guidance: want to build ASP.NET site with client-side hardware interacting controls

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 19, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net
 

Hello everyone,


This is not a programming question per se, but rather an attempt to find the adequate technology to use for my objective.


My mandate is to build an ASP.NET Web Application. However, on certain pages, some client-side information needs to be fetched by interacting with hardware on the client's computer, for example a barcode reader or an RFID tag reader.


My first reflex was to think "ActiveX" controls with, perhaps, some AJAX coding to fetch the required values from said control. However, I am not sure if I am up to date with the latest tech trends.

The solution I'm looking for will let me design a user control that plugs into my ASP.NET Web Application, lets me interact with client-side hardware, and can be automatically downloaded from the Web Application itself (I can't predict which computers will access my Web Application).


Which technology(ies) should I go for?


Thanks a lot!




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