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Pure Perl eCom cart/fullfillment system?

by jerrygarciuh (Curate)
on May 17, 2005 at 14:49 UTC ( #457842=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

jerrygarciuh has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Mighty Monquedillos,

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or recommendations on finding a stable, extensible eCom cart/ fullfillment system using mySQL and Perl?

My client is preparing to get online with what might be best described as a "mall" where it would be helpful to be able to house 5 or 6 stores with their own stock and fulfillment stuff but also be able to search across stores, etc. They are willing and able to pay but we have to have a system we can hack to suit. Closed 'hosted' solutions are not an option for us.

Any recommendations?

I have read Shopping Cart, Who needs shopping carts?, and also My favorite cartoon.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

"Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures - in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing people together."   Wind, Sand, and Stars
  Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery

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Re: Pure Perl eCom cart/fullfillment system?
by tphyahoo (Vicar) on May 17, 2005 at 15:35 UTC
    What about interchange?

    Warning, I've never used interchange, only heard of it.

    Oscommerce seems to have a lot more "mindshare" in this arena. (but that's php). Seems to work okay. If you google around renacoder/elance, you'll find a lot more references to oscommerce than any perl shopping carts, I think.

    If this were my project I'd probably go with oscommerce cause of the mindshare, even though I like perl better, but maybe I'm just a weenie.

Re: Pure Perl eCom cart/fullfillment system?
by jk2addict (Chaplain) on May 17, 2005 at 16:46 UTC

    While I'm sure it's not up to the fulfillment tasks (yet), there's Handel. I'm trying to keep it small/simple and non-web dependent. I'm currently working on the checkout process as a plugin based pipeline, so ploppingin things like authorization/address validation/delivery/notification type things can just be dropped in.

    It's still young, and admittedly it was derived from a need to convert and ASP site to Apache/ModPerl. I'd be interested in hearing what you find our there based on your requirements as that would be good into to have during development.

    Along the lines of Interchange, there is also WebGUI which is highly extensable and may have a shopping at this point.

    Update: From the WebGUI changlogs...

    6.6.0 - Added a shopping cart system and salable products management system. This completes the foundation of WebGUI's commerce system and will allow us to add very rich commerce features in the 7.x series.

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