[Pdx-pm] Might be a job

David Merrill dave.merrill at frontier.com
Thu Jan 31 17:25:41 PST 2013

Hello, Perl Mongers,

I'm working with someone who wants a fairly straightforward database 
system to process web-based applications for people who aspire to put on 
their stage shows in his theatre festivals.

Here's the notice he posted on LinkedIn:

      Online database wanted

I produce theatre festivals in NYC. I use Constant Contact for E-blasts. 
I created an online application form using their survey tools, which is 
a step up from having people print and fill out a paper application 
form, which we then need to enter into a spreadsheet and share with our 
staff. I'm looking to make another step up. I need the following features:
* Share application form on Web site.
* Allow applicants to save their work and go back to it.
* Maintain applicants' privacy (from each other).
* Allow upload of supporting materials in PDF, DOC, JPEG, MP3, etc. format.
* Branching to different pages depending on input.
* Pay different application fees depending on plan chosen, preferably 
with PayPal interface.
* Save results, supporting materials, and payment records in manageable 
formats (spreadsheet, separate folders, master file, etc.).

Any and all suggestions welcome!
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Midwinter 
Madness Short Play Festival, Short Play Lab

He also wants a kind of intranet access to the application data for his 
various staff, each of which may need to narrow their view to see a 
subset of the application fields.

While working with him to redesign his web site (midtownfestival.org), I 
proposed a Perl/mySQL solution, but he seems to have an aversion to 
Perl, preferring a more direct use of the SQL language. I frankly didn't 
understand what he was asking for, but he was quite specific and seems 
to have had Perl experience. So I'm passing this on to any of you who do 

It might seem odd that I would propose a specifically non-Perl job on 
this list, but I'm hoping some of you may have encountered an SQL 
alternative that can be used for this purpose. I certainly have not.

If you're interested, you can contact him at midtownfestival at gmail.com. 
If you have questions, I'll be glad to answer them.


*David Merrill, Clarient Solutions

/"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn 
how to do it."
     -- Pablo Picasso/

/"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is 
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which 
is the bitterest."
     -- Confucius/

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