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#1 Mar 31 2011 at 8:32 PM Rating: Good
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What?

I'm in the process of making a simulation and mockup version of what I would think an Auction House should look like. This is going to be web-based for the purpose of being able to showcase it. It will have all of the functionality that the current market wards do (item seek, repairs, etc.), but with the added benefit of free-form search, drop down menus, sorting, etc.

Why?

To open people's eyes, to promote discussion, to toot my own horn, whatever. I'm not doing anything important at the moment, and I thought I'd devote my free time to doing whatever I can to improve a game I like, instead of wasting it on whatever else.

What are your qualifications?

I'm a software developer for a large pharmaceutical company. I'm still an undergraduate focusing on embedded systems design and artificial intelligence. For work, mos of what I do is back-end work with infrastructure and databases, low level programming (i.e. C/C++), scripting, and providing web services that use the infrastructure I set up. UI and web development is not my strong suit, but I have enough experience to be comfortable with this project.

What technologies are you using for this?

LAMP server that I set up at home, paired up with jQuery and jQuery UI.

Items will be stored in a database with tables for items available for sale, and a few tables set up as "inventory" stores for the "users" that will be available for performing AH operations.

What will be a comprehensive list of its functionality?

Current design is for 6 panels to handle all 6 possible transactions with a retainer: buy item, sell item, post item for sale, post request for item purchase, repair item, post request for item repair.

Buy item panel will have: free form search, drop down tree search, sorting by price, seller, name, etc.
Sell item panel will have: free form search, drop down tree search, sorting
Post item for sale panel will have: current items for sale, quick price check (high, low, average)
Post item request panel will have: current requests, quick price check (high, low, average)
Repair items panel will have: free form search, drop down tree search, sorting, materials required AND materials available
Seek repair panel will have: current requests, quick price check (high, low, average)

I'll also work on getting a suggested price functionality in for all sales/requests, which factors in costs of materials if available on the auction house.

I CAN'T SEE ****/NOTHING WORKS

You're probably using an unsupported browser. Time to upgrade from IE6.

When will you be done?

I don't know. I work on this during my spare time. v0.01, which is setting up the most basic UI and descriptions, took about 30 minutes to make. I suspect I won't be done until I've put at least 100 hours into this.

What is my vision for the Market Wards/AH?

No more NPCs doing transactions for you. It is a concept with problems that cannot be feasibly fixed. A simple, yet flexible window interface is the best choice.
#2 Mar 31 2011 at 9:11 PM Rating: Good
This is pretty cool, but what is the point exactly? EDIT: I see the why section.

Oh, and shouldn't this go in feedback if the purpose is constructive criticism for SE (which I am guessing it is)?

Edited, Mar 31st 2011 11:13pm by Yabusame
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#3 Mar 31 2011 at 9:17 PM Rating: Good
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Yabusame wrote:
This is pretty cool, but what is the point exactly? EDIT: I see the why section.

Oh, and shouldn't this go in feedback if the purpose is constructive criticism for SE (which I am guessing it is)?

Edited, Mar 31st 2011 11:13pm by Yabusame



It will when it's done. =D
#4 Mar 31 2011 at 9:29 PM Rating: Good
Cool, good luck on the project!
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#5 Mar 31 2011 at 10:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Quote:
I'm a software developer for a large pharmaceutical company.


If you don't mind me asking, what company? I'm an undergraduate getting my bachelors in biochemistry with my sights on medicine, but my research at the moment is involved with the development of medicine. I'm just curious.
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#6 Mar 31 2011 at 10:02 PM Rating: Good
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On topic: I like the large-eyed, pink pony; it seems very appropriate for an FFXIV auction-house site.

Off topic: Hey, Ronin! It's Kane; glad to see that you're still playing and the 'shell is still, well, existing! Emi and I are on an extended break, waiting until the game has more to do, &c. Maybe we'll see you on Selbina a number of months from now!
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#7 Mar 31 2011 at 10:16 PM Rating: Good
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Mictam wrote:
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I'm a software developer for a large pharmaceutical company.


If you don't mind me asking, what company? I'm an undergraduate getting my bachelors in biochemistry with my sights on medicine, but my research at the moment is involved with the development of medicine. I'm just curious.


Novartis
#8 Apr 01 2011 at 3:10 AM Rating: Good
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You must have a lot of free time
#9 Apr 01 2011 at 9:33 AM Rating: Good
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valhalla85 wrote:
You must have a lot of free time


100 hours is not that much, really. Probably about 1-2 months' worth of spare time for average people, which is when I was planning on finishing this project.
#10 Apr 01 2011 at 11:05 PM Rating: Good
KaneKitty wrote:
On topic: I like the large-eyed, pink pony; it seems very appropriate for an FFXIV auction-house site.

Off topic: Hey, Ronin! It's Kane; glad to see that you're still playing and the 'shell is still, well, existing! Emi and I are on an extended break, waiting until the game has more to do, &c. Maybe we'll see you on Selbina a number of months from now!


Still about a half dozen to a dozen people on every day, but I'm on almost every night.
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