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Subject: RE: [ubl-dev] looking for practical examples



Having looked at the Ubercart (and Drupal) web sites, it appears that Ubercart is primarily a web sales system, with no existing APIs that explicitly support standardized eBusiness transaction imports and exports.


Ubercart APIs are listed at http://www.ubercart.org/docs/api


The Ubercart APIs could be used as targets for an import process that disaggregates and as needed translates macro-level transactions (e.g., a UBL order) into the corresponding Ubercart APIs (e.g., hook_order, hook_line_item, hook_payment_method, hook_shipping_method, UC_order-load).


Outbound transactions are also possible. The invoicing Ubercart APIs and supporting APIs could be sources to assemble and generate UBL invoices.


I did not see APIs for importing catalog data, which perhaps is done through Drupal content management, but the same principles apply.


The list of Ubercart APIs included several having to do with stock, mostly having to do with adjusting quantity on hand or master data such as weight. It does not appear that Ubercart (or Drupal) are inventory management systems - e.g., with re-order points, generating replenishment orders to suppliers, paying suppliers, etc.


Typically, an application like Ubercart would be fronted by a translator that handles UBL (and other) standard transaction sets. Someone would still have to map the translator output to the Ubercart APIs and, in effect, create high-level APIs, but the same mapping would support multiple eBusiness standards.



                              Fulton Wilcox

                              Colts Neck Solutions LLC












-----Original Message-----
From: Alexander Whillas [mailto:whillas@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 12:09 PM
To: ubl-dev@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [ubl-dev] looking for practical examples




I joined this list as I'm thinking of using UBL 2.0 to do

importing/exporting interface to the popular ecommerce software

Ubercart (www.ubercart.org) and was hoping to find some examples of

how to use UBL for a catalog import (to begin with). UBL does seem to

be huge and a little scary to be frank.


i need the basics for doing stock tracking updates and perhaps fill in

a product catalog (with products [ item?] having 2 attributes such as

'size' and 'colour'). Is this possible?


Any advise would be helpful.







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