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MINERVA
your simple bibliographic system

Minerva is a web application intended for use by publishing houses.
It is designed to process, manage and store a large volume of raw data on books, magazines and other print products.
The app integrates with online services and retail platforms such as Amazon Vendor, Kobo, Google, and others.

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The app allows to:
  • Format and upload book and magazine data to online retail platforms
  • Export publishing data in various formats including ONIX
  • Complement previously acquired data with new information and store it
  • Download vast amounts of book data from online retail platforms and format it for further use
  • Validate the downloaded data for compliance with app's requirements and publishing standards
  • Generate reports on any inconsistencies within the received data
  • Track all changes performed by users and generate audit reports
  • Generate reports about all user-defined changes to the data
Design &
Development
Process
What our client wanted to achieve:

"I wanted to expand my existing book management system to allow my employees to manage raw book data effectively and integrate it with online retail platforms services such as Amazon. I wanted to be able to process and validate the data and generate reports in formats that would be easy to upload to retail platforms. I wanted the app to track all user changes and produce audit reports."
Our team had to ensure
the app supports:

  • Normalization of raw data received from online services and retail platforms;
  • Entry of product data within the app;
  • Data report generation using formats compatible with online services;
  • Automatic data verification and inconsistency report generation;
  • Tracking of user changes;
  • Ability to edit product information sitting with online services and synchronize it with the application data.

The services rendered
by the Freshсode team:

Analysis of the existing app (over 150,000 lines of code)
Frontend and Backend development of new features
Automatic integration
test suites
Quality Assurance
testing

Our initial steps:


1
We developed a general scheme of the application's operation:

2
Then we designed the interface mockups:

3

Later we chose the development technologies for project implementation

Frontend: JSP, jQuery
Backend: Java 8, Hibernate Envers, Spring MVC, Spring Data, Spring Security
Database: PostgreSQL
External services: Elasticsearch, AWS Lambda
DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
One full stack developer
DEVELOPMENT
TIMEFRAME:

Web app took 2,500+
hours to develop