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[REBOL] persistent connection?

From: petr::krenzelok::trz::cz at: 24-May-2001 12:29

Hi, I would like to ask few questions. For the first time I would like to try small test with one of our customers ... We, as a sales company, want to allow them some tracking of our order-production-material dispatch prosess. It will be probably later replaced by some general e-business solution in our company, but our customer agreed to give it a try. Scenario: It is "simple" - our customer (partner) is a reseller. They want to prepare information for their customers, what is the state of process of the material they ordered. We can fill in most columns of the table for them, but last two colums is the info they get from the logistic company, once vessel arrives to port. They asked us to prepare MS Excel .xsl files for them. But I can find it a little bit contraproductive. We would have to output some info from our databases to text file, and then they would have to manually open each of the files and enter new info there. So I thought it would be better to offer them some web form, where they would fill-in the last columns, and after pressing some button e.g., some text file (in format being able to import into Excel) could be generated and sent to them via email as an attachement, or website regenerated, providing link to newly created file for them to download ... Let's say, that in some initial phase, we don't need SSL. What would we probably need is to provide some kind of authentisation. And also - what aproach to choose? Do we need (an in such case how to do it in Rebol :-) to keep connection persistent/alive (if it is the right word) to know which user is logged in, to track his activity etc.? What is general aproach in similar situations/requirements? Thanks a lot, -pekr-