INetAuction is an online live auction package that allows the auctioneer to manage the lots and users data and to interact in real-time with the users placing bids. The package is made of 3 main components:
- Server: this is a java application that handles all communications between the auctioneer and the bidders and manages the auction data base where all lots, users and bids are recorded in real-time. It also handles the file uploads so that the auctioneer can upload images and data without leaving his browser (when adding/editing lots).
- Auctioneer Applet: this is a java applet that can run in almost all recent browsers, it is used by the auctioneer before and during the auction to manage the auction events. Examples of auction events are: starting the auction, starting the sale of a lot, receiving bids, declaring a lot as being SOLD, PASSed or REMOVED, examining the list of currently logged in users, sending messages to all users or to particular ones, adding new lots, editing or removing existing lots, generating reports during or at the end of the auction etc...
- Bidder Applet: this is a java applet that can run in all recent browsers, it is used during or before the auction by the end users (bidders) to participate in the auction, they can place bids on the current lot being auctioned or place bid in advance, they can generate a report, etc...
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