1. Background of the Study
Technological breakthrough that brought about modern computers and other communications gadgets gave the people faster mode of business transactions which eventually brought-in socio-economic progress in the country. Everyone sought and installed new computer technology in their institution marking a shift of business strategy and big leap forward to the future. The introduction of internet system revolutionized the mode of communication and it really gave satisfaction to the general patrons. TRIMEX is one institution that immediately installed this online system in the early 90’s. TRIMEX believed that this online information system, accordingly, is a professional and academic discipline concerned with the modern, strategic, managerial and operational activities involved in the gathering, processing, storing, distributing and use of information, and its associated techniques, in society and organizations.
In February 1994, TRIMEX Computer School formally started as a franchise of DATAMEX Computer Inc., purposely to serve as a reputable technical vocational training center in the CALABARZON area. It is TRIMEX School’s modest contribution to the rapid urbanization and industrialization movement via transfer of technology in the area.
During the fast developmental shift in the business society towards industrialization in our country, there is also a rapid change transpiring in our technological equipment. TRIMEX school initiated and formulated programs and systems that could help the school, students, researchers and computer enthusiasts lessen the time, make comfortable and user friendly device rather than using the old system of manual processing of data.
Two decades have passed since computer technology was introduced in TRIMEX, tremendous progress has been achieved already by the school. However, new technological enhancement and other inventions are already in the market system and this group of students would like to embark on importing and establishing the latest internet forum system by way of enhancing and or re-upgrading the existing online system of the TRIMEX for the benefit of the student, school and the general school patrons.
Against this backdrop, this group of students proposes a project entitled “Enhancement of Online Information System of Trimex Institute of Science and Technology through introduction of an internet ‘forum system’.”
This project introduces an internet forum system to the existing online system of the school, which is really enhancing and innovating for the benefit of the students and school as a whole. An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They differ from chat rooms in that messages are not shown in real-time, to see new messages the forum page must be reloaded. Also, depending on the access level of a user and/or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible.
Forums have their own language; e.g. a single conversation is called a 'thread'. A forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: forum - sub forum - topic - thread - reply.
Depending on the forum set-up, users can be anonymous or have to register with the forum and then subsequently log-in in order to post messages. Usually you do not have to log in to read existing messages. Moreover, filtering mechanism and or system control can be installed in this forum in the form of the moderator or administrator. This moderator sees to it that the users must agree to follow certain online rules, sometimes called netiquette, in order to accord respect to other members and refrain or prevent from using profanity. When a member is approved by the administrator or moderator of the Internet forum, the member...