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NewsForge: Free Software Transforms Web Service Business

Sep 11, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Robert Dayton owns CheckStatus.net, a network of process servers that deliver subpoenas, summons, and other legal documents for clients. One day in 2000, Dayton shut himself in his office with a stack of books and taught himself to program in Perl and PHP. He didn't come out until he'd written a complete Web application for his court documents processing service.

"Clients can create an account at the CheckStatus site, upload documents, pay for services, and check the status of those documents. Dayton's application makes his own agency and his nationwide network of partners more efficient because it creates a workflow for each document and each client, and automates just about every task related to the business..."

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