Hi, first post here, anyways\s here's the deal...
My dad owns a clothing company and we have 3 local shops. He is going to be buying a POS system that uses Windows XP and a barcode scanner. I don't really know anything much about barcodes, but the local cd store uses a barcode scanner which, as I hypothesysed (i know, spelled wrong), simply scans the image and converts it to text. Now, we have a 24/7 ADSL connection, so we can keep a page open to a php application. What I'm wondering, is if there's a way for php to detect the scanned text alongside the accounting program installed with the system, then handle it from there.
Another alternative is to write the information into a flat text file, and then upload it to PHP, parse it, and handle it from there.
Is that doable in PHP? For the alternative choice would i need to resort to C++/Java?
Thanks for any help