AbleCommerce 7 Job Scheduler is released

by Joe Payne 26. June 2010 18:03

Public release of my AbleCommerce 7 Job Scheduler is finally here ! 

The module is very complex with all automation happening at the server level.  This means that absolutely nothing has to be done from the workstation/client level for the automation to occur.  Basket reminders, automatic order follow-up messages and more.

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Abandoned basket reminders finished

by Joe Payne 28. January 2009 22:23

Finally some significant progress on the AbleCommerce Job Scheduler project.  All it took was the fear of 12 inches of snow and the obvious result of 12 inches of snow.  The phones have been quiet all day, so I made some huge progress.

 Basket reminders are written.  I'll be testing those this evening and tomorrow locally, then pushing to live for the usual sorry-my-site-sent-you-27-emails-sir testing.  Now if I could just get the Visual Studio debugger to cooperate this evening, I'd be a happy puppy.

Here are some screenshots of the final module pages - had to break everything up into 3 pages as the new features were making for quite the bloated one-page configuration.   

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Getting closer

by Joe Payne 20. January 2009 00:56

Finished subscription reminders for the Job Scheduler tonight.  It's not live-tested, but I've walked through the code enough times that it looks solid.  It shouldn't take long to work out any minor bugs that appear - the code isn't all that complex just "bulky".  I could rewrite it twice more and probably still not be happy with it - always a good sign it's time to move on.

Now for abandoned basket reminders.  The design model is probably going to be very similar.  Give the site admin the opportunity to schedule a specific number of generic reminders with a single final reminder.  The icing on the cake will be the ability to assign a coupon code to the whole process so that if/when the final message is sent, the user is automatically added to a security group and the coupon code goes into effect.  This'll allow the site admin to toss a hail-mary teaser coupon to save the basket sale.  Hopefully the coupon code will work out to be anything coupon-able i.e. discount, free shipping or whatever.

The configuration page is getting too large - going to have to break it up into multiple pages (not ideal) or clean it up.  More options mean more flexibility but coding for all this stuff is slowing down everything.  I'll have a better product in the end, but it's difficult to see the end with so much extra coding involved.  Guess time will tell.

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