ive made a simple budgeting script that takes receipts (with the generous help of this community) and one thing i want to add to it is the ability to be able to record receipts as they are made i.e. straight after paying for a starbucks say. I thought about using my mobile phone to email my app the details. I dont have a webserver or anything online 24\7 so i thought about just emailing a gmail account ill set up for this purpose and then just scrape my mails and parse the data into my app. Are there any other options out there that ive missed? Something better for gmail than this?
on 2008-12-09 11:30
on 2008-12-09 12:09
Adam Akhtar wrote: > Are there any other options out there that ive missed? Something better > for gmail than this? Access Gmail with net/imap possibly? :http://www.ruby-doc.org/stdlib/libdoc/net/imap/rdo..., or use Gmails pop3 support - there's an example here http://snippets.dzone.com/posts/show/4617 . Or, if it's 'always on', you could run a XMPP/Jabber server on your machine and receive/process instant messages. http://home.gna.org/xmpp4r/ Hope that helps, Chris
on 2008-12-09 14:45
On Dec 9, 2008, at 4:24 AM, Adam Akhtar wrote: > app. > > Are there any other options out there that ive missed? Something > better > for gmail than this? As Ara told me recently, email is one of the most reliable and robust message queues ever made. Servers will try to deliver a message for five days and, as you pointed out, you're receiving computer doesn't even need to be online the whole time. It's available everywhere and you have human interfaces (any MUA) to the queue for debugging. There's no reason to be ashamed of a choice like that. James Edward Gray II
on 2008-12-09 15:16
Thank you James and Chris for your responses. Im going ahead with using gmail as my makeshift server. Thank you for the advice and links (they will come in handy!) adam
on 2008-12-10 16:03
If you want to go large scale with this application, you could look at a proper queuing system like Amazon SQS. But I agree, for sending a few transactions per day, E-mail is a perfectly adequate store-and-forward service.