Help Request for our Webshop

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at
Sun Sep 23 09:51:28 CEST 2007

Am 22.09.2007 um 19:11 schrieb Joshua Layne:

> Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:
>> Dear Community,
>> ...

>> 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 does.
> 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 )

I 100% agree on that...

The "standard" Open Source Web Shop is OSCommerce (http://

The only requirements it does not solve are
* it is witten in PHP
* it has its own database model

Let me add another (stupid) question:

	Why do you need your own web shop with CC processing?  Do you want  
to keep the "ship worldwide from California model"?

I got the impression that the community would prefer to have more  
local resellers. So you would be able to completely outsource the  
issue of certified and secure CC payment processing if your business  
relation is with resellers only (and not with end-users). Most  
Taiwanese companies require to have T/T or L/C and deliver FOB.

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