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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

Create a domain registry exchange where all domain names for sale are listed. Users can search for suitable names by many different criteria. The project supports itself by banner ads, broker subscriptions (ad-free) and possibly a small listing fee for a prime real-estate location. To be successful you will need to be perceived as the place to go where all names are listed, whether the owners pay a listing fee or not.

You need a way for owners to register their names online. You can get the owner details from the Network Solutions/InterNIC database. You should send the owner an automated email asking permission to list. That way you can foil pranksters putting up other people’s domain names for sale.

Part of this database would be who is in ultimately in charge of assigning names for each TLD (Top Level Domain) and what the yearly fees are and whether the server must be located in the country of registry. Check with iana to begin your researches.

Another part of the database would be brokers. You track which TLDs (Top Level Domains) they handle and what their fees are and where on the planet they have their offices. After you get a fair sized database, you could start charging for a listing, or for a prime real estate listing. Check with RIPE and CoreNic to start your researches collecting brokers.

See the essay on domain names for further background.

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