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I would like to get into and learn about point of sale (POS) software. What is the best software for a small-medium size business.
Any tips appreciated.

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by:YodaMage
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Question is too vague. What do you want to know?
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Ok,
I want a POS software that would enable me to record sales on a PC, by using scanners and touch screen.
The POS software I want should be able to look up data on a SQL Server. In otherwords, I don't want a POS software that is closed; has its own tables and data base. I want it to be open enough to comunicate to other systems without doing a manual conversion of the data files.
I found a number of software here and there, but having anyone that is complete.
Also, It would be nice if I can find a programable one, maybe one that comes as COM objects, so I could put it together myself in VB.

Thank you.
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It sounds more like you want a set of POS based components/VCL for VB.
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It sounds more like you want a set of POS based components/VCL for VB.
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Can you give more detail please?!
What is VCL? Where can I find it? Any tips and extra info is appreciated. As I said I am new to this.

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VCL- Visual component librabry.

You want a set of pre-fabbed components (already written and bundled) with POS functionality that you can essentially drop into an application using your own data structure.

Any POS software is going to have its' own data set and such.If it didn't, how would you write the software? How would you know table data structure, proper connectors, column names, constraints?

What you sound like you want to do, is essentially develop you own software, but without the grunt work. Drop and drag POS of sorts. If there were a VCL written specifically to POS then this would be more feasible for you. I doubt such a VCL exists.

There is no reason why you cannot access the data set of an application though. There really is NOTHING that is 'closed'. If you know what the dataset is, and its' basic layout, then there are multiple ways to access/modify/report on it.

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Say I buy a POS package with an Access2000 rear end. I could then write an application with 500 custom reports which uses that POS's A2000 dataset. I could add new tables to track other information with a custom GUI front end. I could create a new application that, say, allows the users to update pricing, then in a large batch update my POS software's dataset if I neede to do it this way.


What you need to determine is EXACTLY what you want to do, EXACTLY what you want done for you, $$$ you are willing to spend, etc....  
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by:ALAS_MAKILING
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Hi,

Just to add some more complications to your quest (and your life) ... should you want to make your own POS app, there are certain things you should know first.

For example, there are known standards for POS that every POS developer should know first, before creating POS code.  Like there is JavaPOS (Java for POS devices), OPOS (OLE for POS Devices) and UniPOS (Unified POS Devices), simply said, these standards make sure that the code that you develop can be used in any POS machine and device currently available.

And of course, you should know the retail business you are planning to make a POS app for (specialty, fastfood, grocery, etc.), its terminologies and structure.  You need to know this in order to make you POS app a real POS App.

Cheers,
ALAS
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by:ALAS_MAKILING
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Some additional info:

There are a lot of resources available on the net about POS and retail.  You can also check web sites of known retail manufacturers and service providers say Fujitsu, IBM, Panasonic, Nixdorf, etc., plus websites of OPOS, JavaPOS and UniPOS.

Good luck,
ALAS
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by:Zainal062797
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Thanks for the comments. Although you helped in a way, but you made my life more diffecult in another way  ;)

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by:ALAS_MAKILING
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Thats what I thought too when I read your question.  
Sorry about that.  =)

Lets just say at one time or another Ive been in the Retail IT business and got to know those stuff that Ive told you.

But of course, my telling you those stuff dont have to stop you from your quest, I think it should push you to learn more about it and eventually, get what you want.

Best of luck.

ALAS
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