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    Shopping cart scripts

    Hi all,

    Hope your still enjoying the Christmas break.

    The head of IT has asked the technical team to create a demo, web site which has a shopping cart for one of the units they are teaching the A level class under e-commerce.

    How when she says, demo, she means real thing, and when she says she'll be teaching, she means us to teach her and then she'll pass on the notes!

    I could either do with a free shopping cart which is V V V easy to implement as web design isn't my side of thing.

    It is meant to implement with Google checkout, I have offered he buy now buttons which google generates for you, however she won’t have it!

    Something as simple as a basket, with 'Add to basket links' which then add any items in that basket to google checkout is what I was thinking, but they either cost money - which we all know is a know in education IT or are far too complicated.

    Any suggestions...? This is one of the management members that gave us each a crate of lager.....i told you they would want something in re-turn! :x

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    What about osCommerce or Zen Cart? These can be used out of the box so students wouldn't necessarily have to code or design anything which is probably not what you're wanting.

    http://www.oscommerce.com/
    http://www.zen-cart.com/

    Does the script need to be PHP or ASP?

    PHP: http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Script...rts/index.html
    ASP: http://www.hotscripts.com/ASP/Script...rts/index.html

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    I'd use the drupal ecommerce modules, because we use drupal already.

    Drupal e-Commerce is a package of modules to let you create your own online store. It is totally free, open source, rich featured and flexible.
    With e-Commerce, you will be able to:

    * Shopping cart and product 'look and feel' are themeable
    * Create taxes, charges and discounts
    * Subscriptions and recurring payments
    * Receive donations
    * Sell file downloads, shippable items, bundles or even customizable products
    * Inventory management
    * Payment and shipping plugins: The system can use PayPal, Authorize.net, eWAY, C.O.D. or you can roll your own.
    * Invoice generation and email notifications
    * Transaction and payment workflows
    * Reports and sales summaries
    * Customers can review their order history
    * Run an auction site
    * Charts and Statistics! (Soon...)

    And more because e-Commerce is designed to be expansible
    http://www.drupalecommerce.org/

    All the source code is available (php) for students to learn by (and contribute to).

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    EDU-IT:

    Personally i am just using 'Macromedia dreamwever' as thats what the kids will be using, so i am guessing HTML

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Quote Originally Posted by acrobson
    EDU-IT:

    Personally i am just using 'Macromedia dreamwever' as thats what the kids will be using, so i am guessing HTML
    I don't think you'll be able to do it in just HTML unless your site uses a payment processor such as PayPal or Google Checkout, which you said isn't a possibility. This is because the shopping cart will need to be dynamic.

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT
    Quote Originally Posted by acrobson
    EDU-IT:

    Personally i am just using 'Macromedia dreamwever' as thats what the kids will be using, so i am guessing HTML
    I don't think you'll be able to do it in just HTML unless your site uses a payment processor such as PayPal or Google Checkout.
    We are using google chckout, however she isn't too keen on using the google chckout 'buy now' buttons, however we are aiming to use Google checkout for the order processing. We just want something that puts all the selceted items in one place to process all at once, other wise with google checkout they have to purchase each item individually, which is not user friendly.

    I am trying to get them to adear to good practices at the same time.

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    If that is what you want to do then you'll need to use a coding language such as PHP or ASP and students may also require access to a database.

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    I think you'd need to use a 3rd party shopping cart that supports google checkout if no buttons. the current list is here : http://checkout.google.com/seller/integrate_getnew.html
    google are working on drupal intrgration, http://drupal.org/node/71568
    why no paypal?

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    I did something like this at Uni, was a complete pain, ended up using PHP Sessions (for the login/out and cart) coupled with mySql to hold the information on all the stores products and securely store the usernames and passwords(encrypted) for each users account.

    Took close to 48 hours solid work with instructions (albeit shabby ones) and never did work totally properly. I'd have offered you the code but it was only ever stored on my uni filestore since I could only work on it their labs.

    If you cant use the google checkout buy it now buttons though you're probally going to have to use the Google API to integrate whatever you design with it.

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Right then... that has given me a lot to think about.

    I think it may just be worth me checking my contract, as this is not my area. Then explain how me doing all of this could affect response times within the college and then suggest them employing/hiring a third party to do the work and i'll liaise with them, and learn some stuff at the same time!

    Cheers people for the input.

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Quote Originally Posted by acrobson
    Right then... that has given me a lot to think about.

    I think it may just be worth me checking my contract, as this is not my area. Then explain how me doing all of this could affect response times within the college and then suggest them employing/hiring a third party to do the work and i'll liaise with them, and learn some stuff at the same time!

    Cheers people for the input.
    WTF? you can have a LAMP/drupal install done within 40mins. installing another module and getting the thing configured really isn't going to take more than a few hours! and requires very little support.

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd
    WTF? you can have a LAMP/drupal install done within 40mins. installing another module and getting the thing configured really isn't going to take more than a few hours! and requires very little support.
    If he isn't employed to do this, has no experience at this sort of thing and it will add to his workload, then what is wrong with him saying it is not his area, he's got some ideas and will speak to the powers that be and maybe arrange for a third party to install/maintain it?

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk

    If he isn't employed to do this, has no experience at this sort of thing and it will add to his workload, then what is wrong with him saying it is not his area, he's got some ideas and will speak to the powers that be and maybe arrange for a third party to install/maintain it?
    There are better ways of not doing any work, my favorite is "sure, when have I been booked onto the training course"

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd
    WTF? you can have a LAMP/drupal install done within 40mins. installing another module and getting the thing configured really isn't going to take more than a few hours! and requires very little support.
    Would that cover the grading criteria though? From what I understand students will be creating the site in HTML. With Drupal wouldn't the site already be built?

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    Re: Shopping cart scripts

    CyberNerd, what are you going on about? He hasn't got experience of this area, it may not even be his job to do it, so why should he do it?

    And yes, saying 'when i've been booked on a training course' for something you have no knowledge of is perfectly fine - you cannot be expected to do something you have no knowledge or experience of.

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