August 27th, 2002, 06:09 AM
Database Design - Ratebooks
We are undertaking a project where we utilise a quotation system for Contract Hire, Hire Purchase etc.
In the past we have constructed 'ratebooks' or a table that pre calculates all possible results, ready to be called. Based on a number of variables but including Term of Contract & Mileage driven.
We present the visitor with a list of items and the appropriate Monthly figure. This is very quick but it relies on the pre-built info.
We are looking for possible alteratives for a more flexible approach.
August 30th, 2002, 12:08 AM
I don't understand how this is a problem. Any modern DBMS can do on-the-fly calculations in a query. So, if you have a formula that you use to populate your static lookup table, just translate that into the SQL query. The output can look identical to the end user, (make the Rates table a VIEW, instead of a static table). Now you don't have to update your Rates table every time you change a parameter.
September 1st, 2002, 11:31 PM
On a side note, what's the poll for?