Social networking site for professionals in the Medical industries

Categories : All, Social Networks

Client Requirement


Client required a virtual science forum for professionals who engage in the fields of High Tech, Green Tech, Medicine and Business. The application must allow networking with other scientists,doctors, engineers and colleagues in the user‟s fields. It is a kind of trade journal that keeps you updated with news, trends and events. Unlike a trade journal, the user gets to talk back and air their views.

The client needed professionals to maintain their open communication and information platform for staying abreast with the latest innovations and news. Client sought professional assistance for the following:

  • All kinds of Bug fixes (minor, major, crashed)
  • Maintaining the system stability
They also re quired enhancement in the features as listed below:
  • Implementing E-reader to show uploaded documents such as PDF, TEXT, DOC and PPT documents.
  • Implementing interaction with other sites such as Facebook.
  • Save option to completely save the paper locally on hard disk and mobile in the converted format.
  • Creating an extra interface for SEO.
  • Fetching the latest PDF‟s from Google similar to News.
  • Cross reference option when uploading paper or press release.

Project Challenges

Team faced the following challenges:
  • Setting up an entire existing system into our development environment, learning the system functionalities, complexities and incorporating desired changes was the biggest challenge during this maintenance project.
  • Apart from the above, this web application was earlier dealing with High Tech, Green Tech and Medicine domains. Adding up a new domain came as another impugn to the project team they observed the existing domain and set up a new “Business” domain with the required features accordingly.
  • E-reader was developed on the fly and incorporated into the application for users to view documents uploaded in variety of formats such as PDF, TEXT, DOC or PPT.
  • Team also assisted in providing and maintaining the database for the range of interactive features.

Technologies Used

Operating System & Server Management Red Hat Linux OS, Multi-Server Architecture with Staging & Production Environment through Version Controlling releases, Server Optimization, Security & SSL Implementation, Scheduler for Back-ups, Alert Monitoring System Integration, Server Performance Tuning at regular intervals, Software Firewall Configuration & Maintenance
Development Tools & Environments PHP5+, Apache Web Server, AJAX, Java Script, HTML5, CSS3, etc.
Database MYSQL Database Server, DB Clustering, DB Optimization, Master Slave Replication, Query Optimization, Scheduler for Backups


Project Leader 1
Developers 2
Designers 2
Quality Assurance Testers 1


The enormous structure of the website and the challenges involved necessitated the adoption of a four-tier approach that consisted of:
  • MYSQL Server Database, Tables, Stored Procedures etc . incorporated within the Database layer.
  • The data conversion between incompatible type of systems in databases and accessing data from the database through the Interface layer and Database Abstraction layer respectively.
  • All the business logic procedures for modules such as User Profiles, Invitations, Forums and Blogs etc. formed the Business Logic layer.
  • The GUI of the website formed the User Interface layer.


The website was mainly characterized by the social networking nature which entailed a PHP-based design approach involving MYSQL Server. PHP was used to develop modules such as User Profiles Invitations, Forums and Blogs such that the direct execution from the UI layer was possible. Effective access to the database in an object oriented context was implemented using an interface translating the object logic to relational logic so as to communicate with the relational databases in an object-oriented manner.

The access to the database was enabled through the creation of an intermediary abstraction layer.Only the complex retrieval of data from multiple tables was facilitated through stored procedures and everywhere else conditional syntax was implemented to ensure seamless performance of the website. Images, applications and data were called from their respective servers keeping the UI layer free of any business logic and scalability was guaranteed by implementing sub -domains for various areas of the website.

Development Highlights

The site architecture enabled the „Faster to Market‟ transition which is highly essential for social networks. It involved all the major complex queries and a simple but extensive User Interface for admin to drill down and track the details of each user effectively. Optimized query features offered comprehensive search & browse options. Web usability guidelines were strictly adhered to during the maintenance of existing and development of new features and the interface was easily navigable through the judicious use of AJAX, CSS and HTML controls. Search Engine Optimization activities were regularly resorted to with a view of ensuring high visibility for the site over the internet

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