Help Request for our Webshop

Joshua Layne joshua at
Sat Sep 22 19:11:56 CEST 2007

Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:
> Dear Community,
> We have a specification and database model in place for our new webshop
> but we can't find the resources needed to implement this in the near
> future.
> We are looking for something as follows:
>   * Accept numerous online and offline payment processing options
>   * Add/Edit/Remove products, distributors, retailers, and customers
>   * Support of inventory and RMA
>   * Support for spare part ordering, stocking and shipment
>   * Support multiple carriers / shipping methods
>   * Automatic generation of invoices and shipping information
>   * Secure transactions with SSL -- we need to have the highest possible
>     level of security and privacy
>   * Clean, maintainable code which will be audited before being put into
>     full production.
> Preferable this webshop should not be written in PHP. Either Perl,
> Python or Ruby would be fine by us.
Hi Sean,
This may be a stupid comment (and feel free to ignore it if it is), but 
why build your own?
Having worked on ecom sites in the past and seen how convoluted 
individual requirements can make a site, I've come to the conclusion 
that there are significant advantages in doing just what everybody else 

a brief googling *  turned up 'substruct' - open source, based on ruby 
on rails - meets a subset of your requirements, but may be extensible 
enough that you don't have to reinvent the entire wheel, only the shiny 
new spin-rims.

* Based on about a minute and a half of investigation - there are 
probably more appropriate projects out there, this is just an example.

And your requirements may really be complex enough that the pre-built 
OSS stack isn't viable.  In that case, I would take a closer look at the 
requirements and see if you can drop any for release 1.

Build when all else fails (unless it is your core competency, like 
say.... a linux phone distribution :P )

my $0.02
> If anyone is interested in developing this webshop, (for pay of course)
> please email coreteam at with the following information:
>   1) A summary of your qualifications
>   2) How much time you could spend on this project
> We will select from these emails a few especially qualified applicants
> and ask them to sign our NDA and then provide them with the complete
> specification and database model. There are too many confidential
> business details to just post this all publicly now.
> Thanks!
> Sean
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