[nycphp-talk] Shopping cart -- revisited...again...
cliff at pinestream.com
Mon Feb 19 16:38:25 EST 2007
Like many on here, the whole shopping cart thing is a mess to me.
So...I just installed litecommerce, which was fairly painless. And changing
the templates, which use Flexy, was fairly easy. But deciphering the PHP code
is a nightmare. Who ever said OOP is easy? It just seems to obfuscate the
meaning of things. Something as simple as tracking down the origin of
order.details.error, which is in a template, becomes maddening.
Im on the verge of trying another cart, mainly because the ioncube-encoded
files conflict with Zend Remote debugging. And without this, trying to trace
the code using live interactions seems impossible. Im sure this happens to
everyone, but what seems like a simple feature list grows and grows... But the
primary special requirements I have are the following:
Single sign-on means all authentication goes through the primary site. So
far, I have hacked this by duplicating user info in the main site and the
shopping cart user profiles. Not optimal, but functional.
Custom payment processor just a call to a function on the main site. Again,
Modified checkout to simply include shipping address fields again, no biggie
egoods pin #s support (the reason I choose litecommerce they offer a module
that does this well)
Meaningful error messages meaning modern validation used on my main site.
None of these are overly complex. The challenging part is understanding
someone elses code and mindset. The devil is in the details... I have also
discovered that integrating a shopping cart with anything other than simple
static functions from a primary site can lead to all sorts of config
conflicts, from phpini on upwards. Dated PHP4 code...can you say e-warning...
So...a general call for help and recommendations.
I am thinking of getting X-Cart because at least it is fully open source. But
its developed by the same people, so the code may be equally confusing.
OSCommerce and its derivatives are out too many bad stories. Any other
ideas? Is it too much to ask for a great, easy to modify cart? The cost of the
cart is trivial compared to the cost of the custom code, time, maintenance,
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