[ic] Why is shipping address primary (and not billing) ?

Mike Heins mike at perusion.com
Fri May 27 10:22:12 EDT 2005

Quoting Niels (nielss-fjernmig at wipwap.dk):
> Hi
> I was wondering, if anyone could tell me why shipping address is the 
> primary address, and not billing ?
> I mean, here you normally ship the goods to the buyer, and it will also 
> be the buyer's name you would verify with the credit card check.
> As it is now, there is a lot of places where you have to test if there 
> is data in fields like b_[fl]name, if not you have to use [fl]name instead.
> So I was wondering, why is it so (probally some historical reasons ?)

Because it happened that way. 8-) 

Vend, which Minivend then Interchange was based on now more than 10
years ago, didn't have both addresses, only one.

Originally I had it the other way, but early on in the life of Minivend
someone made a persuasive argument -- which I cannot remember -- to make
shipping address rule.

By the time anyone gave plausible arguments to switch it back, the
structure of the database and code had acquired enough inertia to
prevent it.

Actually, it really doesn't make that much difference. You have
to collect both if they are different and one if they aren't.

Mike Heins
Perusion -- Expert Interchange Consulting    http://www.perusion.com/
phone +1.765.647.1295  tollfree 800-949-1889 <mike at perusion.com>

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