We have a Windows GUI-only program written in VB6 for converting ESRI Shapefiles into another format (we only have the binary, not the source code). The Windows program requires also some parameters for the output format, varying on the type of geometry stored in the Shapefiles. Now we need to make this file conversion automatically, inside a Web service workflow. Several solutions for creating this Web service are possible, one of them is outlined in the attached PDF (geoprep-process.pdf). The file conversion does not need to happen immediately, there can be a delay of 10-20 minutes. Currently, we have the Windows program (geoprep.exe) running in a Win XP virtual machine.
The Web service must run on a virtual Linux server. There are two tasks involved:
a. automate the Windows GUI program to run based on a set of parameters and given the input files
b. write the Web service, e.g. in Rails, Flask, Django, Node, or PHP.
We would need an experienced freelancer for both jobs. Ideally, one...