Anybody have any low-tech ideas on how to do this?
It needs to be accessible to non-tech people, so basically the web and email are just about the only tools I can think of at my disposal.
I feel like setting up a MySQL database and some bloated PHP app is just too much...
@natehn Interesting, didn't think of that! I wonder if there's a way to lock a certain part of the pad from editing, don't want people to overwrite each other or have full write access to everything.
@winduptoy on the server-side store a text file containing item names and quantities.
when a user reserves, update the entry in the text file with the new value, send yourself a notification.
on the client-side, read values from the text file, display a form if the given products quantity is not 0, and a "sold out" message otherwise.
the simplest method I can imagine, very interested in alternative solutions.
happy to help set this up if no better solution is proposed :)
@deianeira After sleeping on it, your direction is where I'm leaning, building it as a CGI script.
I was thinking that instead of a numeric value, build the text file as a series of STOCK/SELL append-only transactions to make the design more functional.
My only concern is concurrency. Do you think I could pull this off with basic file locking and not have any double-spend issues?
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