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I hope I placed my question in right section, if not please let me know.

I work for a company that sells vehicle parts, which we get from manufacturer ABC via their website. The Process is as follows. Customer A comes in to buy an engine, the sales clerk go to the manufacturer web site (The Customer don't have access to the site) and query the availability of the part and the price, once the customer agrees to purchase the item the order is made and an order code is provided by the manufacturer website, the customer pays us and we deliver the part thereafter. My question is, how can I build a website that could provide the customer access from their home, to query items and make purchases as they see it fit, through my website and payable to me, but against the manufacturer website/database
Jan 3 '12 #1
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You should probably contact the manufacture first to find out if they have a way to retrieve the information from your website without having to do it the hard way. They might have a web service that you can consume in your application...or they might have another means to retrieve a list of items that you want to query.

If they don't offer such a service, then you will have to do some screen scraping to retrieve the information from their website. This will involve your web application making web requests to their website (using credentials that will log in as you)...once you retrieve the HTML result from the web request, you will have to parse through the HTML and retrieve the part information that you need.

After you have retrieved all of the part information, you need to apply your business rules that dictate what the customer will be charged etc.

Once the user agrees to place the order, you could either send an email to yourself to place the order with the manufacture (this gives you a chance to approve the order in case something goes wrong) or you'd have to use web requests to submit the order using your login on behalf of the customer.

Jan 12 '12 #2

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Thanks for the info. what software packages should I use. (kinda new to the web desing thing)
Jan 12 '12 #3

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For that I recommend taking your skills into consideration and choose the best development platform based on what you know and what you are most comfortable with.
Jan 12 '12 #4

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understood.. but do you have any recommendations.
Jan 12 '12 #5

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I'm pretty reluctant to respond to your question.
I personally like ASP.NET but there's nothing wrong with PHP, or Perl, or Java, or any web language. It all depends on what you're comfortable with :)
Jan 13 '12 #6

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understood.. but do you have any recommendations.
I can only assume you haven't understood the comment very clearly Trini. It indicates, among other things, that Frinavale is in no position to recommend anything to you, as she has no knowledge of your own personal history and preferences. I know you're looking for direction from someone else, but sometimes in life you just have to take the bull by the horns and make your own way forward. Good luck :-)
Jan 13 '12 #7

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