FishStatJ, the FishStat Plus next generation
FishStatJ is the new generation of the well known and widely used FishStat Plus software.
The project for developing the next generation of FishStat Plus was announced in May 2008.
It started in 2009 with a thorough technology investigation, in order to guarantee a sound platform choice for facing the next 10 years.
The business case
The former FishStat Plus is a Visual Basic 4.0 (16-bit) desktop application that relies on a proprietary Microsoft Access database, developed with MS tools of the Windows 95 generation. Therefore, it is a MS Windows dependant application which does not support different platforms (it cannot for example be installed on Mac or Linux platforms). Moreover, with the advent of new MS Windows operating system versions (XP, Vista, 7), the software installation and operation experienced an increasing number of problems, as testified from users feedback, which are seriously limiting its effectiveness and preventing some run time features to work as expected.
The deliverables and the delivery phases
A first prototype was presented to the 23rd CWP meeting in Hobart(Australia) in February 2010.
The production version of the FishStatJ application has been demonstrated in occasion of the 29th Session of COFI (Jan 31 – Feb 04, 2011).
The first FishStatJ operational release has been made available for download and distribution in May 2011, in correspondence with the publication of the 2011 yearly update of the FAO fishery statistical data collections.
FishStatJ is a Java-based desktop application, relying on an open an extensible framework and offering a standard database support.
Figure 1 - FishStatJ view
The key features
Likewise the former FishStat Plus, FishStatJ is a powerful yet simple to use tool offering two main set of features:
Figure 2 - FishStatJ charting
Operative systems, distributions and supported architectures
FishStatJ supports multiple platforms and multiple Operative Systems. An appropriate multi-platform development environment and workflow has been established and application versions are released according to the target platforms.
Minimal HW requirements