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Re: recommendations for cookie cutter e-commerce toolkits?

by paulbort (Hermit)
on Jul 29, 2004 at 15:12 UTC ( #378399=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to recommendations for cookie cutter e-commerce toolkits?

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!

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Re^2: recommendations for cookie cutter e-commerce toolkits?
by markjugg (Curate) on Jul 29, 2004 at 15:55 UTC
    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!
        The primary reason to not right a generic one is the suspicion that someone else has already written one that is good enough, which is why I'm here asking about it.

        I also did an analysis of using our custom solutions as a base to create a generic solution. The result would need to be installed in under an hour and be flexible in other ways: it would need to easily support different designs, different shipping options, and different payment processor options.

        I estimated this would take about 75 developer hours to create that software in-house.

        When OScommerce takes 15 minutes to install a free, feature-laden stable store which generally meets my criteria, I think it merits heavy consideration versus spending a lot more time to have /exactly/ what I want.

        The OSCommerce data model looks solid. I suspect that I wanted to extend it, it would be fairly easy to use Perl and talk to the same database directly.

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