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[[Technology]]: [[VbzCart]]
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==About==
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[[VbzCart]] is [[free/open-source]] software for running an [[online retail]] operation.
  
Having evaluated {{yp|osCommerce}} and found that, although it had many features I would like to have on vbz.net, it also lacked some crucial features currently needed (many of which are provided by the existing shopping cart system, and some of which would be needed in order to effectively manage porting the data from the existing system).
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* '''[[/install]]''' has deployment instructions
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* '''[[/status]]''' critical pieces still need to be (re)written, though most of it is working well (2017-06-25)
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==Purpose==
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The immediate purpose is to handle the more data-intensive aspects of managing a small online retail operation that offers a wide variety of products in a wide variety of choices. This [[/pieces|includes]] tracking orders, tracking packages sent to fill those orders, stock and inventory, which items need to be reordered from suppliers, what is currently expected from suppliers, what suppliers have sent in the past, etc.
  
So I'm writing a new system, in <s>PHP</s> {{yp|Perl}}, based on the data design of the existing VBZ cart system and adding new pieces as needed.
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Once that is up and running, I'll begin work on additional functionality:
 
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* "marketplace" ability -- 3rd parties can sell their items through the same site, and VbzCart will provide most of the same functionality to them
I will be taking notes on this page and gradually refining them into something resembling documentation, with the ultimate goal of producing a system which could be released under an [[htwiki:FOSS|open source]] license.
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* distributed catalog search and other {{l/ig|federated retail}} functionality
 
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==Pages==
==Documents==
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{|
*VbzCart uses [[htwiki:HyperAdmin|HyperAdmin]] for administration of privileged users
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*[[VbzCart Tables]]: all tables used by VbzCart
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*Data Concepts:
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* [[/ui]]: help pages
** [[VbzCart Cart|Carts]]
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* [[/pieces]]: features and concepts
** [[VbzCart Order|Orders]]
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* [[/coding]]: technical documentation
** [[VbzCart Session|Sessions]]
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* General Concepts:
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* [[/history]]: how we got here
** [[VbzCart Ordering]]: how ordering works (carts, orders, etc.)
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* [[/archive]]: obsolete pages
* Other notes:
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* [[/meta]]: how to document
** [[VbzCart Tables in Access]]: the data schema as currently implemented (2006)
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** [[VbzCart catalog building]]: how the catalog is built from stock and supplier catalogs
 
** [[VbzCart wikified topics]]: using MediaWiki to manage store topics
 
** [[VbzCart shelved ideas]]: concepts and code which might be useful later, but isn't worth it right now
 

Latest revision as of 22:43, 17 August 2019

About

VbzCart is free/open-source software for running an online retail operation.

  • /install has deployment instructions
  • /status critical pieces still need to be (re)written, though most of it is working well (2017-06-25)

Purpose

The immediate purpose is to handle the more data-intensive aspects of managing a small online retail operation that offers a wide variety of products in a wide variety of choices. This includes tracking orders, tracking packages sent to fill those orders, stock and inventory, which items need to be reordered from suppliers, what is currently expected from suppliers, what suppliers have sent in the past, etc.

Once that is up and running, I'll begin work on additional functionality:

  • "marketplace" ability -- 3rd parties can sell their items through the same site, and VbzCart will provide most of the same functionality to them
  • distributed catalog search and other federated retail functionality

Pages