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Re: FEDEX Shipping [message #179284] Sun, 30 September 2012 19:09 Go to next message
Peter H. Coffin is currently offline  Peter H. Coffin
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On Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:35:48 -0400, j wrote:
> Any suggestions for shipping rate php code for FEDEX?
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> I've previously done UPS and USPS and found them to be no joy,
> particularly USPS.
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> Any helpful suggestions will be much appreciated. At the moment the
> FedEx API looks like a convoluted mess...

Lookup table with enough padding in the figures to justify the
occasional miscalculation is the usual way things are handled.

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generalisations of principles. They have to learn everything as if
it's an unrelated piece of crap, BECAUSE THEY ARE STUPID! PEOPLE ARE
STUPID! -- Thorfinn in the Monastery
Re: FEDEX Shipping [message #179288 is a reply to message #179284] Mon, 01 October 2012 19:09 Go to previous message
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j <mung_me(at)att(dot)net> wrote in news:k49sc0$dm4$1(at)news(dot)albasani(dot)net:

> Any suggestions for shipping rate php code for FEDEX?
>
> I've previously done UPS and USPS and found them to be no joy,
> particularly USPS.

Be careful with UPS -- they still haven't fixed a long-standing bug with zip code validation
(or, more correctly, with their complete *failure* to validate zip codes).

Specifically, UPS will accept any string of *four* numbers as a zip code, as long as the first
*three* correspond with a valid zip code *somewhere*, and provide a rate quote based on
that.

However, the rate quotes they provide might as well be random numbers. Suppose the
customer mistakenly enters 8072 as the ZIP code. Did he mean 80072, or 80772, or 80722,
or 08072? There's no way to know. Yet instead of rejecting the rate request, they return a
rate quote, which is almost surely incorrect.
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