||Catalog Management / Publishing, XML, E-Commerce
eCatalog is yet another catalog management system. We started creating eCatalog because we wanted
a flexible system that allowed us to build functionality as needed and did not lock us into
some vendors self-centered view of doing things (application servers, development tools, APIs, etc).
This open design will enable companies the ability to efficiently distribute catalog
information to several client platforms (Internet, CD-ROM, PDA, etc).
Design a database structure to store catalog data in a non-proprietary relational database management
systems (MS Access, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.) so that applications
could easily be written using standard development tools.
Design an open XML format to publish catalogs so that information could be shared easily
among external systems that did not have access to the database.
- Create applications to create and modify catalogs in the database.
- Create applications to view and order from catalogs published in XML format.