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Finally I Can Take A Deep Breath

I've been busting my butt recently on a few huge projects (if you've noticed, my post quantity has gone done considerably the last several months), and finally have a major part of one of them done, and I can breathe a sigh of relief.

I'm working on the back-end for a site that is going to serve as a central Web site for the rental homes from four different companies here in Sunriver. It's been a nightmare trying to get the inventory and availability data from four different companies, all of whom have different software systems, servers, and ways they do things. Today was the final phase of it, trying to figure out an automated way to pull availability data on an automated fashion from an Excel spreadsheet accessible via a URL. To complicate matters, the Excel file was behind non-standard password protections that checked if you were using MSIE before it even allowed you to login (it's a very stupid system, but it's what they have an it works for them). I gave up trying to figure it out myself, so I got a programmer off ScriptLance and had him deal with the mess (and a mess it was -- cripes, I can't translate what that code is doing for the life of me, thanks to Excel's complicated file format).

But it works, and I have the home and availability data for all the companies loading and synchronizing properly. Now if the front-end guys will hurry up and do their thing (I was just in charge of the back end), I can sleep much better. But it'll be by far the best vacation rental site out here (it'll be fully AJAX-powered -- it'll be really sweet).

Meanwhile, I've got a busy weekend with the aforementioned concerts (with several rehearsals), appointments on Friday, my sister-in-law's high school graduation, my niece's ballet recital, and so much more. We'll just have to see how it goes.

Posted by Jake on 06/08/06 @ 05:31 PM
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