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Best library/tech for web application

I'm looking to replicate the functionality of an existing job management application l developed in MFC a few years back - but as a web app, so that I can use it on a tablet when out of the office.

In terms of layout, it's a little bit like Outlook, so it has a folder list on the left, a multi-column list view in the middle, and a detail view of the selected list element on the right. It also has lots of dialog boxes with forms to create/customise jobs as necessary, and so uses text edit boxes, combo boxes, radio buttons and tabs. Also right-click context menus.

The back-end I think I'm fine with, but I'm looking for some advice on what approach to take for doing the app interface and form entry...
I don't necessary want to replicate everything as-is and make it look identical to the MFC app, as I appreciate there may be better ways to work with the data when using a tablet.

I made a start and have been using PHP to pull things in/out of the database using javascript and data as JSON - and using XMLHttpRequest to get the info and populate the page. However I'm a feeling there's an easier way to work with the GUI parts as I seem to be doing a lot of things manually. Perhaps a new tool, or a library?
I was reading up on Google Polymer, looking at Sencha libraries - but frankly confused so there are so many libraries and methods out there.
Thanks for anyone who can point me in the right direction for libraries/tools etc.

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All good but that would mean a re-write and redesign.

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Did you try something like Instant CloudMove Solution?

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In reply to: All good but that would mean a re-write and redesign.

Thanks for your reply.
Yes I'm happy with a re-write and level of redesign... I think I'd rather do that then use an automated tool route.
Are there any tools/libraries you'd recommend if you were developing something like this from scratch?

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Sorry no.

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While we did use some LAMP or WAMP to host the backend the work was in Visual Studio about 99.99% Over the years we moved away from libraries for many reasons.

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Take a look at a framework

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called Laravel, which is a PHP framework. It's pretty new, but the entry barrier / learning curve is pretty low if you're familiar with object-oriented programming.


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