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Re: Product Variants :: Question

by
David Arnold
- 07/16/2014 08:40:46

2014-07-16 3:19 GMT-05:00 Fabien Pinckaers <fp@odoo.com>:
We wanted to put most characteristics on the template otherwise it's too complex for the end-user to create a new product. (having to create a template then zoom to the variant just to set the cost price is too complex)

​Hello Fabien, while I appreciate your message which explains a lot about implicit design decisions, I completely disagree with this specific statement. I think drilling this design doctrine down would ultimately result in making it "optioflexible"​, optionally flexible. To keep things simple, the idea to make working on variants optional is the way to go (as you described it), and even hide them completely if you don't need them. To keep things simple for people who really could make a lot of use of variants, a different approach is appropriate. I made a rough semi-technical draft suggestion on the relating github issue. (https://github.com/odoo/odoo/issues/1198) And there, someone even expressed to be willing to contribute closely, and even monetarily. Interested parties can also find intereting links to the launchpad topic-history there.

I share your blog vision about labour repartition in the open source ecosystem, so I wonder if this, beeing a wholistic rethink, might be a potential publisher task.

It seems a real (and painful issue in case of 20k and more products to manage), and it seems that an optioflexible solution is probably even easier to realise than some intermediate solution, but it  is not the way community probably develops modules (as charging on very specific customer needs, e.g. making flexible one field at a time). And, looked at from the Odoo management perspective, it would be in line with Odoo generic approach and with Y-Axis of Odoo's target market. It could be even a good marketing argument for new targeted mass markets of online shops. As it is true that a 16GB Ipad is simply more expensive than a 32GB one. And I think, onlineshops usually deal with a greater number of products and have some product maintainance pains once in a while. Im just trying to figure out arguments from your management perspective point of view.

There is anthere one: Strive for excellence, not just for "good enough" as it is sometimes advocated. ... As Grand-Rosière might want to beat Sillicon Vally ;-)