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Thu 23 Sep 2004

Infinitely Useful

Category : Technology

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.

Somewhat surprising, we're finding that the people we showed the system to like the web-based version of Luca (the accounting system) better than the one we did in Cocoa - even the people who are using Macs. I think we're on to something here.

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?

Posted at 7:46PM SGT | permalink


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