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B&S - Booking a contractor

 
Paul Bourdeaux
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Hello all,

I recently started the B&S contractor assignment, and I wanted to make sure that my interpretation of "booking" a contractor was correct.

As I see it, when you book a contractor, it is similar to renting a DVD (to use Max's example). This means that a contractor is available until booked, and once booked, remains unavailable until they are unbooked (for lack of a better term).

The other possible interpretation is booking a contractor for specific dates, like you would book a hotel room or airline seat. However, based on the database structure I don't think this is the intended meaning. The assignment is rather vague on this issue...

I plan on implementing it the first way and documenting my decision, but I wanted to solicit some feedback from others as well. Thanks!
 
Michal Charemza
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Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:
As I see it, when you book a contractor, it is similar to renting a DVD (to use Max's example). This means that a contractor is available until booked, and once booked, remains unavailable until they are unbooked (for lack of a better term).


This is exactly how I see it.

Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:
The other possible interpretation is booking a contractor for specific dates, like you would book a hotel room or airline seat. However, based on the database structure I don't think this is the intended meaning.


I think you are absolutely right, I don't think this is the intended meaning. According to my instructions, the database file only has a customer id field as the only possible way of showing a booking, and the database format cannot be changed, to maintain compatibility with other software.

This means that even if you tried to have a booking that is for certain dates, there would be no way of saving this information. I suppose you could make a second database file, as in the instructions I don't think it explicitly forbids it, but I really don't think they want that. I will not be implementing such a solution.

Michal
[ September 03, 2004: Message edited by: Michal Charemza ]
 
shaun chen
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Hi there
i am doing the same assignment with B&S...
Could you please tell me ..if i book a record
the mean booking the All record (like the one contractor company ) or just booking "number of staff in organizatin" (like reduce 1 in size field )??
Thank you for your reply.....
 
Michal Charemza
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Originally posted by shaun chen:
if i book a record the mean booking the All record (like the one contractor company ) or just booking "number of staff in organizatin" (like reduce 1 in size field )??


I think it is booking the whole record, and not just one person. For one thing, in the database file, there is only a field for one customer ID. If you just book one person in a company, then you cannot use the software (you're about to write) to book any other people, since the customer ID will already be filled.

I think the "number of staff in organisation" is just to show to the customer how big jobs they can handle.

Michal
 
shaun chen
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Dear Michal thank for your reply
For one thing, in the database file, there is only a field for one customer ID.

Is mean we have to provide the field to keyin Customer ID.when they want to booking a record?

In assigment
[The id value (an 8 digit number) of the customer who has booked this. Note that for this application, you should assume that customers and CSRs know their customer ids]
did we have to fabricate the id like "12345678" ?
thank you for your reply.......
 
Michal Charemza
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Originally posted by shaun chen:

Is mean we have to provide the field to keyin Customer ID.when they want to booking a record?


Yes I think so. This is what I will be doing in my assignment

Michal
 
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