What Data Types To Use?
Posted on 2006-10-19
During a meeting our group talked about the many various types of lists currently received from our customers. My design team decided that the following are commonly included: item UPC, item price, and quantity ordered. We also realize that we will need to determine and store information about the customer placing the order in order to print a mailing label. Among the information needed are customer company name, customer contact name, customer address, customer order number, and customer payment method. For this version, I am not worried about the payment method because this is well-established, and varying payment methods will be addressed at a future period. When our group meets later this week to continue design work, it is decided we will finalize the data needed. I need to consider and document what data types should be used and how this data should be stored in the program before coming to the meeting so we can use the short amount of time we have wisely.
I need to prepare a list of the necessary pieces of information.The list needs to include what data types we would use and why. Are the data fields complete in the aforementioned (for example, do you think we need a product description for the final itemized data that will be provided to the shipping department)? Are they all necessary? Are any fields left out or ambiguous?
This is a shipping application.