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Question about Customer, Member and Profile

 
Goan Balchao
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Hi,
This is in reference to the Prepare Itinerary use case - Alternative Flows (also the assignment in general).
What is the difference between a Customer not logged in (or Customer logged in) and Customer not a member(or Customer has profile) ? Will the Customer not have a profile by virtue of the fact that he / she has logged in ? I'm confused as to why a Customer that has logged in will not have a profile.

I am assuming that member and profile have been used interchangeably. Any comments ?

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Goan Balchao
 
Mark Spritzler
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Exactly.

If the customer is not a member how can they log in. If they are not logged in they can never get to the not a member part of the alternative flow.

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Goan Balchao
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Mark, forgive my confusion.. but are you agreeing with me about the discreprancy about the member and profile [Customer logged in and Customer has profile] or are you saying that there is no discreprancy ?
 
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Oh, I see now, the text is two seperate alternative flows. So it is not one continous flow from the beginning of the alternative flow to the end.

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Goan Balchao
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Maybe I can paraphrase the original question :-

What is the difference between a user logged in (User logs in) and user is a member (User has a profile) ?

I can't understand why they are treated seperately .. I think they should be analogous. What would you do differently for a customer to have a profile ?

Right now according to the use cases, I can envision the following scenarions
a) The customer is not logged in, The customer is not a member
b) The Customer is logged in, The Customer is not a member
c) The Customer is logged in, The Customer is a member
and for the use cases, it's c) that's applicable.

But what I was trying to determine is why a customer that is logged in will not be a member ? Am I missing something blatant here ? Can some one shed some light ... pleasssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Jim Janssens
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I'm seeing it as a plain and simple login/create account thing.

Example:

If you go on javaranch everyone can search/read topics. From the moment you want to reply on a certain topic, you will be asked either to login with your profile or to create a profile if you do not allready have one. If you login, you supply user name and password and you are allowed to make the reply. If you do not have an account you can create one first, logging in afterwards with your uid and password.

Thus, being logged in implies having a profile implies being able to make replies.
 
Goan Balchao
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That's what I would have thought too.. thanks for the clarification.
 
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