WN Help Desk 13 Release Candidate 1 is now available.
Latest Web Technologies
WN Help Desk is built in C# on the .NET Framework version 4.51. The core of the application is now a collection of RESTful web services. Our entire application (with the exception of the login page, the registration details page, and a few TBD admin pages) is written consuming these web services. This means you can easily write your own solutions against these same standards-based RESTful web services to add your own customizations. In fact, you could use our web services engine and backend database and build your own custom solution on top of that if you choose. To see the details about all the web services that are available log in as the TBD user and select the "RESTful Web Api Documentation" option from the TBD Options menu.
One major change with this complete rewrite is that we now no longer offer an option of using an Access backend database. We now only support a Microsoft SQL Server backend database. This was required to make use of the latest technologies for data access. That means there is no longer a Standard and Enterprise edition. Instead, you can now purchase only what you need by purchasing a license for the amount of help desk technicians and end users you wish to use. Our goal is to make this very affordable for small companies, while allowing larger companies to grow the size of their support staff and end users as needed.
WN Help Desk makes use of the following web technologies:
- Microsoft .NET MVC framework written in C# using the .NET 4.51 framework.
- Bootstrap is now used for the responsive layout and for more rich user controls and a better user interface.
- Knockout.js is used for MVVM data-binding.
- SignalR is used to send messages from the server to connected clients. This allows multiple people to work on the same ticket while still being notified of changes made by other users. For instance, you could be working on a ticket and an end user can upload a new file or add a new comment and you will see that information refresh as you are working.
In addition to a newly-redesigned backend database, there are some great new enhancements that make WN Help Desk a more robust help desk solution. For instance, you can now create an unlimited amount of "Custom Field" layouts using our GUI custom field layout builder (available from the TBD Options menu) to create custom field options for users, assets, and help requests. For example, you can create custom forms to collect specific types of requests such as a "user access" set of custom fields for requesting access to network resources, or a "new employee" set of custom fields for specific questions you may wish to ask when a new employee account is requested. This new custom fields option should make the software endlessly customizable for your environment and your various request needs.
One other major difference from previous versions is that you now no longer need to specify a file upload location. All files are now stored directly in the SQL Server, which makes for better performance and simpler management, as well as an easier configuration.