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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications
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5.2 The application

The first application I shall describe is that of an online bookseller. Such a book sales system would carry out a number of functions:

  • It would allow the user to browse through a catalogue of books.

  • It would allow the user to browse through a list of the most popular books, with the list being updated every hour.

  • It would provide the facility whereby a user can buy books and add them to a notional shopping basket.

  • It would inform the user when the books ordered have been sent.

  • It would provide customers with the facility to contribute reviews of the books that they have bought.

  • It would send regular emails to users who have subscribed to an email list informing them of any recently published books and any special offers.