January 16th, 2013, 12:24 PM
On-line theater booking system
I am finishing a system for booking seats for a theater.
Most of the work is already done but now I have to find out a way for, after havind selected the seats, I can wait for some 5 minutes for the credit card charge. If after 5 minutes the user have not bought his reservation, the seat must become available again.
To be honest I don't think I can do this with SLEEP. My only way would be to set up a cron job every 10 minutes to check for purchases not ended.
But I am pretty sure you can suggest me something more efficient and smart.
Can you help me?
January 16th, 2013, 12:41 PM
mark the tickets as "pending" in the database with a timestamp 5 minutes into the future from the user's last activity. Don't display tickets which are "pending" and their pending expiry date hasn't passed.
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