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can this be done?

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#1 khanshab


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Posted 03 February 2009 - 02:34 PM

I have a client that's got a restaurant. They would like a website created for it but they want to include an online ordering system but here is what they want.

Whenever someone creates a food order through the website that on the Restaurants PC some kind of pop up or alert shows up letting them done that an order just arrived.

How can this be done ?
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#2 groovicus


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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:25 PM

Using some sort of a web service.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:36 PM

The easiest method might be to create an XML feed on the web site that can only be viewed by the restaurant (using an IP address check perhaps) containing orders. On the restaurant computer, set up a feed reader that can check that feed every x minutes. This will notify the staff as soon as orders are placed. Different readers can be found with different options for notifications, and how frequently they check for updates.

If you want to go with a more advanced option, you could create a simple Java or C# application that will sit in the taskbar and every x minutes check the site for new orders, popping up a notification when it detects something. This would give you full control over the information available to the staff, the type of notification, etc.
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