Thu 23 Sep 2004
Category : Technology/infinitelyUseful.txt
It's been three weeks since I last updated this weblog. But if you go to beds-central.com and look up its reservation page, you'll see what we've been working on.
It's all done in Java (running on Tomcat) and the database we used is MySQL. The reservation system is integrated with the hostel administration system (so the hostel staff knows who is checking in or out on any specific day), as well as with the accounting system.
If you do the demo (the system is not yet "live", so we set it on a "demo" mode), you can see how the data generated by a bed reservation eventually end up in the accounting system, as an impact on the bottom line, in terms of revenue generated.
In most other systems, this would be a multi-step process with manual interfaces, fraught with data inconsistencies. But if you're able to flow things around this way, you can take away a lot of the pain from the human operators.
Or at least that's the theory and we shall see.
This wraps up what we were supposed to work on. Everything we did - from web site design, to programming, to creating an events calendaring system, to space planning, to budget planning - all these were done on the Mac. Useful isn't it?