A long-time client, Abas Costa Blanca S.L., approached me with the task of creating an extensive, subscription-based airport transfer booking system, based on ideas and functionality in their own bespoke administrative system (which they had commissioned me to develop two years previously), but with the goal of converting these from their own domain-specific implementation to a more generic solution accessible to a wider userbase.
According to my client, transfer companies used their own custom systems to manage transfers (often just a series of spreadsheets) or relied on inconvenient and expensive reservation software intended for hotel management which coincidentally had some minor transfer booking features included - there existed no dedicated transfer booking software on the market (especially not web-based), so this system was potentially the first of its kind.
Adhering as always to my communication-driven approach, comprehensive consultancy and discussion were followed by the production of thorough project documentation which detailed every aspect of the new software's requirements. Thanks to this preparatory phase, itself made more efficient by an excellent working relationship grown over several years with Abas Costa Blanca S.L., subsequent development proceeded smoothly and rapidly, along with extensive testing of each component in both test and production environments. The produced documentation was referred to at every step of the way, ensuring that the resulting implementation was exactly to specification.
The finalised, fully-tested system, named ASTRA (Automated System for Transfers, Reservations and Accounting) was delivered to deadline in time for my client's desired launch date. The software encompassed a number of new features as well as improvements on previous functionality.
Tellingly, Abas Costa Blanca S.L. transferred all their operations to use the expanded software shortly after project completion, wanting to take full advantage of the new and upgraded functionality. This also highlighted the flexibility of the new system: the software was able to accept and convert several years' worth of booking data with no issue, allowing Abas Costa Blanca S.L. to seamlessly transition to using the new system in less than a day.
The completion of another project - especially for a long-time client - is the most rewarding aspect of the programmer's art, but it is even more gratifying when the work specification was ambitious, complex and innovative, as it certainly was in this case. The success of ASTRA's development again highlighted the need for adequate preparation when undertaking any project, but which is especially crucial in an undertaking of this scale.Visit Demo Site
Elcomponent Ltd, "Making Sense of Your Energy", specialise in providing innovative and cost-effective solutions for energy monitoring and measuring, offering a range of products ranging from extensive metering systems to clip-on mains leads. Their clients include Ford, Suzuki, the MoD and several leading universities.
I worked on their entire family of sites including elcomponent.co.uk, spcloggers.co.uk and meterweb.co.uk.Visit Site
Community website with a comprehensive catalogue of businesses, events and news for the area of Horsham, Sussex. Subscribers can purchase advertising space and banners for display within the listings.Visit Site
With over ten years of experience in providing airport transfers between Alicante airport and numerous popular resorts, Alicante Private Transfers are firmly established as one of Spain's leading transfer providers.
Their requirement was for a full back-office administrative system to manage all transfer-related aspects of their daily operations, and a public reservations interface with eCommerce integration, as well as full server setup with a custom backup solution.Visit Site
Work done in collaboration with Be Creativos (Spain).
Gemma Athorn is a Fitness and Nutrition coach and Figure Competitor as well as a full-time mum; Iron Fire Fitness is her online space where anyone pursuing a healthier weight and lifestyle can subscribe to access a fully comprehensive nutrition database and meal planner/tracker, which also allows users to log their workouts.
The site also includes downloadable ebooks for training programs and healthy recipes, as well as a section to purchase personalised plans with Gemma herself.
Work done in collaboration with Creative At Heart.
The Strokeindex application provides a comprehensive directory listing and booking system for amateur and professional golfers to search for and enquire about the availability of tee-times at local golf clubs. Clubs can respond to these requests by sending a quote. When confirmed to have accepted the quote and played the course, golfers can rate, review and 'favourite' the golf club in question.
The application is free to golfers; golf clubs must subscribe to maintain a listings profile. Each month, or on request, golf clubs are emailed a series of statistical reports including rate of accept/decline quotes, reasons for golfer's decision, total bookings, most frequently-booked tee-time slots and courses.
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