Standardized order export format for Magento

Background, rationale

Sometimes I dream that all integration processes would be standardized… Currently it’s not quite there yet but let’s do some first steps towards it.
I work a lot with Magento, architecture, analysis, integrations. Every customer thinks that he’s so special and to some extent they are. But they’re not when it comes to integrations. I want all customers to be the same when it comes to API-s, schemas, protocols. Not all external systems (ERP-s, accounting, shipping providers etc) provide an API to send orders so files are still needed for integration.

Magento Order XML Export Schema

In order to start standardizing order exporting from Magento I’ve created a XML schema that can be used to create and validate produced order XML file on both ends. It’s important to validate XML on the receiver’s end, too. It allows the receiving system to notice errors in XML format earlier and send notifications to sending system so that actions can be taken. When you need your orders to be imported to your ERP then you don’t want hear “silence” for weeks but you need your files moving all the time.
The idea behind XML Export is very simple – whenever an order is placed a file is generated and after that it’s up to other extensions and systems to do anything with that file.
Here is the schema:
< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
          elementFormDefault=”qualified” targetNamespace=”http://eepohs.com/schemas/dx/order”           xmlns=”http://eepohs.com/schemas/dx/order”>
   
   
       
           
               
               
           
           
           
                          use=”required” fixed=”2.0″ />
       
   
   
   
   
       
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        type=”xs:dateTime”>
           
           
           
           

           
           
       
   
   
   

   
   
       
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        maxOccurs=”1″ minOccurs=”0″>
           
       
   
   
       
           
       
   

   
       
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        maxOccurs=”1″ minOccurs=”0″>
           
           
                        maxOccurs=”1″ minOccurs=”0″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
       
   

   
       
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
       
   

   
       
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
       
   
   
   

   
       
           
                        minOccurs=”1″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
           
                        minOccurs=”0″>
           
           
           
                        type=”xs:dateTime” maxOccurs=”1″ minOccurs=”0″>
           
       
   
   
Here is that schema for download:
This is the first draft.

More information about outputted XML and the simple order export extension will be posted here soon.

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