I am working on an Equipment Checkout system using Drupal 7, MERCI, views, panels, rules, and many other modules. I am working for a community college in Oregon. I am upgrading features on an already running system that was built by myself with the help of a few other people last year. The system is offline for the summer.
Before I jump into the nuts and bolts of the question let me give you a little information on our workflow.
When the Student want to checkout equipment (cameras, microphones, whatever) we first open up the students customer account. This is a content type called customer, that has various fields containing data about the student, name, email, L# etc. We do this to verify the identity of the student as well as to make sure that they can actually check out the equipment they are requesting.
After we have verified the students credentials. We then create a new reservation, that is also a content type. Then we input the student information into the reservation.
So what I want to do: Have a button or link on the customer page that will capture the customer data, create a reservation, and then put the data in the appropriate place.
I have done some searching looking for answers and this seems to be a common problem, but the specifics always seem to throw me off. I've tried a few modules to attempt this, autofill and prepopulate but with no success.
This is the first of many features that I am trying to implement over the next 3 months, any help would be greatly appreciated.