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LinuxWorld: Zelerate's AllCommerce targets e-business - Almost database-independent

Jan 17, 2001, 00:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"I have developed shopping carts in the past, but they have always been for a specific product line, and therefore not very flexible. I prefer to use PHP and PostgreSQL. The Zelerate AllCommerce software can create a flexible, database-independent solution, using only Perl. AllCommerce provides more than just a shopping cart; it offers inventory control, order tracking, site management, and complete Web-based management support for your e-commerce site."

"I gave up Perl programming for PHP long ago, but I have always admired Perl and will occasionally spit out a quick script to do some administrative task. When I wrote this article, the AllCommerce Website claimed that all you needed was Perl and the DBI/DBD modules for the database you wished to use. I found that while AllCommerce itself only requires Perl, Perl requires much more. As I was installing, among others, the MIME, MD5, LWP, and URI modules, I remembered why I stopped programming in Perl."

"I liked the idea of using PostgreSQL and then upgrading to something like DB2 if needed. I don't like fiddling with the modules and external applications that are all too often part of open source products."

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