C/C++ client/server software with affiliate stats data mining and reports

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Avg Bid (USD)
$819
Project Budget (USD)
$300 - $1000

Project Description:
I need a C/C++ software system (client/server) similar to the following:
www.niftystats.com/index.html
www.statsremote.com/info.php
affmeter.com/affmeter.php

Client:
The client software will run on a Windows machine (could be compatible with Linux too). Here is a brief list of what it must do:
- login to the server using encrypted connection.
- fetches encrypted data from the server. The data contains how to extract the affiliate stats for each type of affiliates (url, etc).
- allows maintaining (add/modify/delete) a local encrypted list of affiliates each with a user/password for accessing the affiliate web site.
- the software accumulates all the statistics read and stores them locally. It also shows it in a report from its GUI.
- reports would have options to show categories and certain periods (month, week, year, ...).

The client would allow managing a list of username and password to log to their affiliate network web sites. These would be used to login and fetch the statistical data using the data fetching scripts.

Auto-update of the software would be good too if possible.

MySql could be used for the list of users, licenses and maybe even the scripts.


Server:
A second software will run on a server (should be linux and Windows compatible). Here is a brief list of what it must do:
- accepts new connection from clients with proper login using encrypted connection.
- uses a mysql database with encrypted tables.
- sends the encrypted data (mentioned above) to registered clients.
- logs illegal/abnormal access.

The license would be kept on the server. That way when the license expire, the data fetching script(s) would not be sent to the client and it could not be used anymore.


Typical affiliate network to support (9 to support):
Google AdSense, Amazon, Rewards Affiliates, Traffic Cash Gold, CE Cash, CC Bill, Click Bank, Microsoft adCenter, etc...
The more the better, you can have a look here (thousands!):
www.statsremote.com/programs.php
affmeter.com/affmeter.php

Your bid should include which affiliate programs it will support.

You could also include a price for adding new affiliate programs once the project is completed if you wish.


Scripting:
The software should support a form of scripting for adding new affiliate programs. So that the software does not need to be modified in order to add new ones. Those 'script' would be encrypted and sent from the server to the client software from time to time.

The goal of this is to not change the software each time a new site needs to be added or one of the existing site changes. That way, only a new 'script' would be added to the list for the software to parse.

This is why the 'script' is fetched from the server by the client. This will make the upgrade automatic for the users.

The initial software system would support 9 web sites.

Some would be standard format called NATS (~3), others may have their own APIs (~3) and the rest would be actual data scraping scripts (~3).

Here is a link to NATS:
wiki.toomuchmedia.com/index.php/NATS


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For the stats I am open to suggestion. I guess the reports could be basic at first (a bunch of sortable columns with a total at the bottom). Also some info could be sub-totaled per period (day, week, month, all time).

Since the data would be stored on the client machine, maybe something like SQLite could be used.


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Milestones and payment schedule would be:

5% - Test Design (how each feature will be tested)
5% - Software Design (C classes, client-server protocol, script format)
20% - Completed Software server delivery
20% - Completed Software client delivery
20% - Completed 9 scripts delivery
30% - Testing phase completed

Skills required:
C Programming, Data Mining, Linux, MySQL, Windows Server
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