On Tue, 9 Nov 2004, Aredridel wrote:

> On Sun, 7 Nov 2004 02:23:40 +0900, Ara.T.Howard <ara.t.howard / noaa.gov> wrote:
>>
>> i have never developed any code that deals with ecommerce whatsoever.  are
>> ruby developers out there using
>>
>>    http://raa.ruby-lang.org/project/tclink/
>>
>> ??  seems all i can find on the raa.  is it crazy to do this yourself, or is
>> this type of site functionality better farmed out to an existing web service?
>> do any of the ruby web framworks deal with this issue directly?
>
> I've not used it, though I'm writing my own packages for doing
> financial stuff, including electronic commerce.
>
> I think a lot of the problem stems from the fact that there are many
> and varied poorly documented standards, and none of the web services
> use them.
>
> I'm a happy authorize.net customer, and their post-based interface is
> relatively simple, so one can home-brew something adequate rather
> easily.
>
> For other services, there's other web-services interfaces -- Paypal
> has one, Authorize.net has another, and all the other processors make
> their own too.
>
> Then there's the old over-the-wire VITAL protocol, which I haven't
> seen a non-commercial implementation of yet, ever, in any language.
>
> I do plan to release my code eventually, when it stabilizes.

please keep me in the loop when you get there - the project i have in mind is
very, very simple but will require doing credit card transations from ruby.
it will probably be back-burnered for a few months but i will be evaluating
things until then.

kind regards.

-a
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