[ic] Advice needed for IC/eBay API integration

Grant listbox at email.com
Fri Oct 17 15:30:15 EDT 2003

> Grant wrote:
> >I'm now very close to being finished with the IC/eBay API integration.
> >eBay's developer testing site was broken for about 10 days or so, but it
> >started working again a couple days ago and I should be done
> very soon.  The
> >integration will consist of something like this:
> >
> >- 5 UserTags
> >- 7 jobs files
> >- 7 jobs directives
> >- 1 new page
> >- 1 new variable table entry
> >- new fields in transactions and inventory tables
> >- new ebay table
> >- log_transaction modifications
> >
> >It will be going up at Kevin Walsh's site ( www.interchange.rtfm.info )
> >along with detailed info on how it all works and how to use it.
> Of course,
> >I will post here when I have it up.
> >
> >So I guess that was an update.
> >
> >Anyway, I'm facing an important decision in the design of the
> whole thing,
> >and I'd really appreciate some advice on it.  Basically, I could change
> >around the way it works and make it quite a bit cleaner and more
> extensible,
> >but it would require adding every item listed on eBay as an
> entry in the new
> >ebay table.  That could really get to be a lot of entries that
> aren't being
> >used for anything unless the item ends up being sold.  Should I:
> >
> >a) not write every listed item as an entry in the ebay table and
> sacrifice
> >some cleanliness and extensibility
> >b) write every listed item as an entry in the ebay table, but delete each
> >record that isn't needed after the listing has ended
> >c) write every listed item as an entry in the ebay table and not
> worry about
> >the bloated database
> >
> >I'm leaning toward b.  If you agree, how can a record be deleted from a
> >table without going through the UI?
> >
> >- Grant
> >
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> Could you not have a cron entry that calls a script/sql command to take
> care of making everything clean?  That way, if somebody wants to keep
> everything, they just don't run the script.  Other people that want the
> database cleaned up, would be able to schedule it for whenever the
> server has a light load on it.
> Nicholas Cook

That sounds like a good idea, but what IC commands can be used to remove
certain entries from a DBM database?

- Grant

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