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UtilBiz Framework

  • Lynn Dobbs and Greg Davidson
  • Last build January 2009

UtilBiz is an alpha-level PostgreSQL-based framework for automating business information. It is designed to provide a foundation underlying the customized software of a particular business. Rather than changing the foundation, the cutomized code lives in a third schema, on top of Biz which is on top of Util. Appropriate permissions restrict the entry points for staff and clients.

At least one successful online service company uses a descendant of this code to run their whole business, neatly hidden behind the web-based interfaces used by staff and customers. With some further development the UtilBiz Framework could meet the needs of many businesses.

Parts of the UtilBiz framework were derived from an early version of the Wicci-Core Framework. It would be great to have more recent work on that framework merged into the util schema of UtilBiz.

Schema Purpose
util support utilities which have no explicit business content
biz code supporting generic business practices
custom your custom business code here!

In many cases code in the custom schema will have Classes (Tables) which extend corresponding Classes in the biz schema.

Within a schema, files are grouped into packages or modules:

Package Purpose
accts managing money and transactions
bills accounts receivable; interacting with clients about charges
client managing contacts and clients
deals pricing of goods and services

A file naming convention helps manage the code within a package:

File Name Pattern Reloadable Purpose
*-schema.sql No data structures and their relationships
*-code.sql Yes functions and views serving the data structures
*-tst-data.sql No example data for testing
*-tst.sql Yes unit test code for the package

The last time this code was built it was all in one directory. I've just partitioned the code into Util and Biz subdirectores. The Makefile and a few other meta files need to be updated to reflect this.

With your participation this framework will be glorious!