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Intranet warehouse orders

Thread began 10/06/2009 2:06 pm by pgruenke337369 | Last modified 10/07/2009 12:41 pm by Eric Mittman | 971 views | 3 replies |

pgruenke337369

Intranet warehouse orders

I need to create an internal shopping cart where employees can order their supplies from the warehouse. I don't need tax or shipping. I would like for the employee to sign in at the beginning of the ordering process. Best case scenario would be if their network ID was captured as a session variable/cookie and if that ID could be saved in the database. I have been using a shopping cart that I created but its buggy. I have IIS, Windows XP, Dreamweaver CS4, and VB Script.

I know I am asking alot, but would like to know how to get started. I have downloaded ecart, Security Assist, and Data Assist. Thanks

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Eric Mittman

To ensure that the users are logged in first you should start out with Security Assist. It will generate the user login, and profile pages. If you would instead like to capture the network id you must first know what value this is, I imagine a server variable that would give you the ip address or something like that. In order for that to work you would need to have a table in your db that associated these values with the users they belonged to.

I think it may be easier to have a regular user login with Security Assist.

The rest of this is just having your product pages with the add to cart server behaviors on them so the users can add items to the cart. You would also want a cart display page so the user can see the contents of the cart. If you would like to add in a checkout you can do so by using the eCart checkout wizard on your cart display page.

This is just kind of a high level overview, please post back with any questions that you have about any part of this process.

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pgruenke337369

Thanks Eric. Gives me a frame of reference.

One of the problems with our current shopping cart is that employees will place an order, which is saved to the Access database, and fail to enter their name and location. They just close the browser without submitting it, the order stays but we don't know who made it. What I was hoping was to have the user enter their name and location initially, so that when the order is created in the database, it will include who did the ordering. It isn't so much a security issue, as a completeness of the order issue.

I mentioned the network ID, which I've successfully captured via a session variable, however I have been told that it is impossible to save the session variable into a database. I was hoping to capture an identifier before the order was made, and I thought something invisible to the user would be a better method.

Difference with an internal warehouse system - the users hardly ever just "window shop".

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Eric Mittman

Creating the login experience with Security Assist would allow you to have the user enter the details once, then so long as they login these details can be retrieved and associated with an order.

Using DataAssist you can insert a record into your db with just about any values, including session variables. If you can access this info on the page and store it in a variable you can use that variable as the value for a column when you insert the order info.

You could have the Security Assist pages for user registration, and add in this network identifier. You can then get the details for the user at any time based on this value, you would need to come up with a way to ensure that the network ID has been associated with a user and if not force them to the registration page.

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