Software development for till system


I am looking to develop a database software system that will connect to a till or set of tills for use within our shop.

This will then be used to control stock going into and out of the shop.

I am wondering if this is possible using Visual or whether i need an alternative language and which tills can be used for a system such as this.


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Bob LearnedCommented:
I am not quite sure that I understand what a "till system" is?  Are you talking about cash register system?

willbdmanAuthor Commented:
yes cash register system
Bob LearnedCommented:
What kind of tills are you using?  Manufacturer, model, etc.?

willbdmanAuthor Commented:
This is what i need from you - what tills are best to use?
TimCotteeHead of Software ServicesCommented:
Hi willbdman,

This is not really the sort of thing that we can suggest to you, firstly you need to consider your budget for this and then look at the available models. You will need a till that can be connected to a pc somehow, older tills will tend to use serial communications and can therefore only connect to one pc (depending on how many serial ports you have you could connect multiple tills to the same pc), newer tills may well be able to connect to your network and send/receive information over tcp/ip. It all comes down to how much you are willing to spend and how many tills you are going to need (and the functionality of these, whether they are simple or advanced, in terms of whether they can read barcodes or whether you need touch-screen tills or possibly a number of other considerations).

Once you have gone through all of these decisions and formulated an approach then it should be relatively easy to connect this up to an application, is quite capable of using serial communications or tcp/ip sockets to send and receive information so as long as your solution uses one or other of these then you can get it working. At that point in time it would be worth coming back here if necessary with specific questions on how to implement your desired solution.

Tim Cottee

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