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Case Study: Les Cooke

Les Cooke is a Perth based NATA accredited instrument calibration small / medium business.

The custom software system was developed using Agile software development principles where both EDS Staff members and Anahata’s engineers collaborated via screen mockups, wireframes, shared documents, on site meetings and video conferences.

The system allows staff members to:

  • Manage customer details.
  • Generate quotes.
  • Workflow jobs.
  • Manage product details.
  • Generate calibration certificates.
  • Manage Calibration reminders.
  • Create invoices.
  • Manage documents.


  • Reckon Accounting.
  • Google Drive for document storage.


The business system is composed of the following components:

  • A JavaFX 8 based desktop interface for staff members deployed via Java Web Start
  • A Business Layer running on GlassFish v4.1.1, the Java enterprise Edition Application Server Reference Implementation.
  • An SQL compliant database.

The client application is a desktop application compatible with Linux, Mac OS and Windows. With the aid of Java Web Start, application updates are automatically deployed to staff PCs. If the users are logged in at the time of an update, they will be prompted to update, otherwise the application will update automatically on startup.


The server component is hosted on a data center in Perth relieving EDS from having to manage their own server infrastructure and allowing for faster network speeds when the system is used outside of the office.


The system is built on cross platform technology and open industry standards such as Java, Java EE and JavaFX allowing both client and server components of the application to run on Linux, Windows and Mac Os.


The system runs on free and open source editions of:

  • Oracle Java 8
  • Community Enterprise Linux (Cent OS)
  • Oracle GlassFish (Java EE 7 Application Server)
  • Oracle MySQL Community Edition
  • LibreOffice 5
  • A number of Anahata and 3rd party Open Source Java Libraries licensed under well known open source licenses such as the Apache Software License.

Commerical dependencies:

  • Docmosis. A java document generation library based on LibreOffice. The templates for Reports, Certificates or any other documents or emails generated by the system can be edited by Choice staff members using LibreOffice. While Docmosis is a commercial library, Choice can take advantage of Anahata’s lifetime Docmosis ISV license (valued at $4,900 AUD) and use 2 redundant instances of Docmosis at any point in time at no additional cost.