1. EDI and other data that is part of an e-commerce transaction needs to get to where it needs to go in a reliable way. It needs to get there. Get there once. And be able to let the sender know if there was a problem with it, either not getting there, or being corrupted, in either case triggering...

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  2. handshake agreementEDI 997 is part of the reliability functionality of EDI. But it is optional. So the quick answer is, "It depends." It depends on your trading partner, the type of data you are transacting and the tightness of your integration. Let me show you what I mean.

    If you have a trading partner that will ...

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  3. hand grenadeMaybe you shouldn't blog when you are angry. Maybe this will turn out to be a big mistake. And maybe, just maybe I will be able to keep my clients after being abused by a hosting provider called xxxxxxx(removed when less angry). I think in the end, it will be okay, but for the short term, the les...

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  4. Sometimes you need to make large changes after you are up and running. Luckily for us, if these are catalog changes, Magento has a nice bulk change tool to use. But when the change is adding a new attribute to your products attribute sets, there is no nice way to do that. At least not yet.

    The o...

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  5. What is a line item?

    A line item is a group of data and its structure that is or can be repeated multiple times in its document. It holds the data that is the focus of the document, and a part of a document or transaction that contains distinct part that can stand alone. For instance, an order...

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  6. !--more--So it goes like this:

    850 is a Purchase order, and is sent to the Vendor

    855 is an Order Response, and is sent from the Vendor. It confirms, updates or rejects each line, or the PO as a whole.

    856 is the Ship Notice. and is sent from the Vendor. It may contain one or more lines from...

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  7. Just like synergy, a projects time-line is generally greater than the sum of its tasks. Taking the time to complete tasks in a project together, there will need to be time between tasks. Some of this time will just be spent updating people, and coordination of project participants. There are a...

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  8. Magento EcommerceIf you are making a module for Magento, you may need to add an attribute, alter some settings or do a variety of things when the Module is installed. Magento has a facility to do this.

    Here is an example of a simple way to add a resource to your Module that will run when it is installed.!--more-...

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  9. Odd errors can occur when you get data that doesn't fit the format, but matches close enough not to fail outright. This type of error can be really hard to unravel. Preventing these messy errors, it is a good practice to implement a validation process before processing the data. Some integratio...

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  10. Today the Evil Robot has found a EDI training blast from the past. So if you want to experience the cutting edge of EDI training that people received back in the 90's when power-point was all the rage and managers stopped being able to communicate without them, then this video if for you. But if ...

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