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Building a site with e-commerce

by rq-2102 (Acolyte)
on Feb 11, 2003 at 01:49 UTC ( #234293=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
rq-2102 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear monks, I've recently been asked to do an e-commerce site for a rather small business with a very tight deadline involved. Being as the time to finish the project is very limited and as I've never before developed anything involving credit card processing, it's my thought that the best way to go would be to download a currently stable E-commerce system based on Perl and tailor it to fit their site. This way I would benefit from not being forced to learn a completely new subject as broad as this overnight and I can be relatively assured that at least some of the basic security issues that I may not know of are attended to. If anyone has been faced with this before or could possibly have any recommendations as to what a good package to start off with would be I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks.

PS: I'm sure this has been covered before but I wanted to get the most current information I could.

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brian

Comment on Building a site with e-commerce
Re: Building a site with e-commerce
by Cabrion (Friar) on Feb 11, 2003 at 01:57 UTC
    Posed with this situation myself, I chose to write a custom "front end" script that used Verisign's Payflow Link service. It turned out quite well. Alleviates the horror of dealing with sensitive financial data. Their callback features were great to record orders on the site itself.
Re: Building a site with e-commerce
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 11, 2003 at 02:25 UTC
    If anyone has been faced with this before or could possibly have any recommendations as to what a good package to start off with would be I would greatly appreciate it.

    You could check out the Perl e-commerce section of hotscripts and similar sites.

    It is very unfortunate that there isn't a single Perl e-commerce book. I have brought this up before here. Perl is heavily involved with e-commerce. Amazon.com, Bank of America, and eToys are just a few of the names that come to mind. Yet, there are about two dozen Java books on e-commerce {sigh} . . .

      sounds like a perfect opportunity for you.
      Perhaps the good folks at O'Reilly would be willing to give you an advance on your idea.

      In my experience, Perl is the glue that holds e-commerce together.

Re: Building a site with e-commerce
by perrin (Chancellor) on Feb 11, 2003 at 15:02 UTC
    If you are that pressed for time, look into setting up a store on Yahoo. It's probably the quickest route. If you have a little more time than that, check out Interchange, which is the software that evolved from Minivend and is probably the most solid open source Perl store available.
Re: Building a site with e-commerce
by clscott (Friar) on Feb 11, 2003 at 15:56 UTC
    On the CPAN is a list of Modules named Business::OnlinePayment

    They appear to be interfaces to various transaction brokers, so you'd just have to set up an account with one and you're off to the races for accepting transactions. For more full featured store management software I would look into something like Interchange as mentioned by another monk.

    It really looks like a great place to start.

    Best of luck.

    --
    Clayton aka "Tex"
Re: Building a site with e-commerce
by rq-2102 (Acolyte) on Feb 12, 2003 at 15:24 UTC
    Thanks for all the great advice guys. My deadline at this point for the site to go live is in under a month which doesn't seem that short but I only really have weekends to dedicate to the project unfortunately, so I'm going to get Interchange, if for nothing else but just to learn more about making E-commerce work, if time get's to be too pressing to do anything myself verisign looked like it had a pretty nice deal.

    Thanks again.
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    brian

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