Guest Posted September 4, 2003 Share Posted September 4, 2003 Weighing in on the E-Bay API Issue Depending on the volume a seller does the API Individual license should be more than enough. Some calls like "getsellertransactions" can retrieve up to 200 transactions in one call. Listing and relisting are free. With some planning (which anyone listing items should do anyway) theIndiviual API should be more than enough for anyone but the big volume users. A con as previously stated is that it will cost - even with the Individual license you will have to get the application certified - that is $100 for the app and if they change the API or contact you to do so, you have to recertify it. It does not matter if other people have certified it before - for each API aplication using your own keys - you have to get it certified. A pro of this is that it could run it as a web ,or even better yet - a desktop, application via the use of the Command Lne Interface that is a default part of php. The CLI would allow you to commnicate with your mysql database on the host's server and even allow communication with your local mysql. Yes, that is what I said. You can communicate with both the online and the offline databases. So what? you ask - Well think about synchronizing your databases with ease. This means that you could easily create and list your auctions. Do the requisite bookkeping and records maintenence required without being dependent on being online the entire time. This also meansf that the program, with expanded capabilities, could be used to cover some of the tasks that are not usually a part of ecommerce packages - namely customer recods management, purchasing and accounting, warehousing, etc. Another con howeer, yes there is anoher one, is that something to meet all those needs cannot be developed overnight and certainly, should not be done by just one person. If you are clamoring for a mod, or you find the mods useful then you need to contribute - to the mod developer, to oscommerce developers, to the community. And yes, I know a lot of people do not know php. So what? Instead of drinking that next cola, that is bad for you anyway, send that $1.50 to the team. Think about how many sodas you probably drink in a month multiplied by all the oscommerce forum members and that is no small change. And what if I don't drink sodas you ask? Well, I know you have a vice there somewhere - give up that Hagen Dazs or that beer and chips for a month (your waistline will thank you), give up those cigarettes (nasty habit anyway. You waistline probably won't thank you, but your lungs and those around you certainly will. As will your wallet that is now fatter - so you can send that money to the developers). Lol. Slightly tongue in cheek but nevertheless true. But I digress. The other option, that has been mentioned before, is a group participation auction management site. This would take some logistical planning, but is more than doable. Once again it is not a small undertaking and let's face it, how many people that say they really need a mod and are willing to pay for it even bother to contribute after they use it. Considering the two scenarios, I think the web/desktop application is the best option. It would work for both Individual API license use or, for those who need more calls, a subscription service. It is doable because most folks can easily setup a LAMP or other server with apache/mysql/php, or install the triad (php/apache/mysql) on a windows computer ( with windows and it vagaries you need patience, lots of patience, for this one!) Kills quite a few littl birdies with one stone. Just some ideas for you all to kick around. Ciao Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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