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Apache Today: E-Commerce Solutions: An Apache Overview

May 31, 2000, 15:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin C. Brown)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Editor's Note: With this column Martin C. Brown begin his regular coverage of Apache and E-Commerce. This initial column maps out the burgeoning area of E-Commerce and what every Apache Webmaster needs to know about implementing E-Commerce on their site."

"If you go up to any IT professional and ask them what the hottest Internet buzzword is right now, they'll tell you its E-Commerce. But if you ask them what the term means you'll get a range of different answers. Most people will agree that it refers to some form of selling on the Web, others will classify it as a way of communicating more intelligently with users on a business level. Whatever the real classification of the term, it definitely indicates a better use of the Internet as a tool for making money."

"To me this means more than a shop selling the latest CDs and DVDs, or even a portal site like Computer Shopper. E-Commerce also covers the service-based industries like the banking and the ability to pay your utility bills, all through the same web interface. The terms Intranet and Extranet have been around for a long time, and are nothing new, but E-Commerce is beginning to add a new dimension to a previously information only service. In fact, one of the biggest growth areas is in the business to business arena, where the use of E-Commerce technologies is allowing people to big on projects, exchange information, and work more cooperatively."

"So, E-Commerce is the buzzword, but how do you actually produce an E-Commerce site? Well, beyond the obvious elements of an idea and a product or service to sell, you'll need to solve some problems related to identifying and communicating not just with users, but also with the databases and other information sources that go to make up your site. Here's a quick guide to some of the issues facing the E-Commerce developer that we'll be covering in future articles..."

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