Company: Binary Compass
Henri Asseily, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henri Asseily describes the project:
On BizRate, the shopper can:
1- Find a large list of merchants, in 14 major categories, all rated and
sorted BY ACTUAL CUSTOMERS in 10 dimensions of performance (including
Price, On-Time Delivery, and Product Selection). Customers are surveyed at
the point-of-purchase, which allows for very solid and complete ratings.
2- Filter out the merchants that don't fit his or her needs. For example, you can select only the merchants that accept American Express, ship internationally, and provide Gift Wrapping services.
3- quickly access the search engines of the merchant websites, therefore allowing for easy comparison shopping.
4- read the Return Procedures for every merchant without having to waste time looking through the merchant website.
Frontier is used for both data gathering and website management, all fully automated.
In developing the website, HTML code for all the merchant data is build weekly in Frontier through a customized HTML rendering script, and involves data from databases on different platforms (Mac and NT), using Stephen Tallent's excellent ODBC glue and app. The data rendered is a very large text file of SQL statements, and is then uploaded to the UNIX server running a SQL database.
The data gathering part is done purely on Macs running WebStar/SSL and
Frontier. Data is constantly gathered through secure HTML forms and
imported into off-line databases.
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