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recommendations for cookie cutter e-commerce toolkits?

by markjugg (Curate)
on Jul 28, 2004 at 20:37 UTC ( #378205=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
markjugg has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


I'm seeking wisdom about preferred e-commerce toolkits to use to create basic cookie-cutter e-commerce stores. I'm coming from the perspective of a website development and hosting firm. We want to offer an option to customers that is low cost, and takes less than an hour to set up for each customer.

I would love if the solution also used my favorite technologies, including HTML::Template, CGI::Application, and the Postgres database. I once tried Interchange, and found it much to cumbersome to use.

Recently, we also evaluated Web+Shop and ran into a number of issues getting it up and running for the first store. The experience made me want to look again at fully open source options.

As I look again at the remaining options, OScommerce caught my eye. It uses PHP and MySQL, but is open-source. While I'm less familiar with (and fond of) PHP, I doubt it can be any more foreign than the custom tag languages that come along with Interchange and Web+Shop.

I figure that if the data model is decent, it shouldn't be too hard to extend the application with Perl if I need to.

Before I futher evaluate OScommerce, is there a great Perl e-commerce toolkit that I've overlooked?


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Re: recommendations for cookie cutter e-commerce toolkits?
by paulbort (Hermit) on Jul 29, 2004 at 15:12 UTC
    You already have Perl, a great glue language.

    You already have a solution for HTML and database engine.

    A quick CPAN search turns up Credit Card processing and E-commerce packages written in Perl.

    Maybe the next step is to download a few things and see how they set up, or write your own shopping cart using all the pieces you already have.

    Good Luck!

    Spring: Forces, Coiled Again!
      I could have been clearer. I already write customized e-commerce solutions in Perl, and am happy with the tools available for that.

      I'm looking for a solution for generic needs, which takes minimum time and cost to deploy.

        Then if you've already written custom ones, why not write a generic one? If you start with the requirements you've already laid out, you should be able to get exactly what you want, and CPAN has most of the heavy lifting already done for you.

        Spring: Forces, Coiled Again!

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