Last post Sep 11, 2008 12:57 AM by Tony2005
Sep 09, 2008 02:19 PM|Tony2005|LINK
I need to make an informative decision on which free open source shopping cart to use.
Questions about TBH:
1- I have seen posts about MSDTC. Does TBH need it?
2- What payment gateways does it support? Does it support Authorixe.net and Google Checkout?
3- Is it easy to support extra payment gateways?
4- Does it interface with UPS and Fedex services to calculate shipping costs?
5- I know TBH has other CMS modules like polling and newsletters. I just need the cart functionality and the CMS stuff. Can these non cart related modules be turned off easily?
Among these 3 carts software, which one has the most features?
Sep 09, 2008 10:54 PM|Lee Dumond|LINK
The BeerHouse is not really a fully featured shopping cart. It's much more an example of building am N-tier web architecture. The store works, but it is very bare-bones.
It only supports PayPal, and there is no shipping integration at all. If you were to add these things, they would have to be coded by hand.
If you really need all these things, you might look into a ready-made solution like ASP.NET Storefront or something.
Sep 10, 2008 01:19 AM|Tony2005|LINK
ok. I guess TBH is not a good candidate for a production quality cart. Even though I just need a simple cart but it seems TBH is too simple.
Sep 10, 2008 05:16 AM|jimibt|LINK
As Lee mentioned, TBH is more an architecture (showcased with the beerhouse website) rather than a starter kit (or component library). As such, you have to look at the foundations of how you want your website/projects to be. either you go for a large degree
of mashup and use it as a framework to support that or you look at the individual components that you want to include and re-engineer those to fit your needs whilst maintaining the TBH architectural philosophy (or any architectural philosophy for that matter).
Why is this important?? Well, as a project grows (and alas, they all do) it can become increasingly difficult to maintain it if each module has a 'different' footprint/flavour (or should i say 'architectral
conceit'). For this reason, it's best to stand back and evaluate how you wish to approach the project with that in mind. Of course,
it is possible to have a mix/match (and i do this myself). This is only possible (in terms of keeping it maintainable) if the underlying architecture is consistant.
So, coming back to the question, the TBH shopping cart implementation (as is) is perhaps lacking in a lot of features that make it all things to all (wo)men [:)] but using the principles defined throughout (TBH), it's entirely possible to customise and re-engineer
it to be a 1st class 'concept'. You might even want to throw it away entirely and start from scratch and re-design your table/entity structure exactly as you need it and find that you are able to get very close to your vision very quickly.
Whatever route you take, I'd be interested to see how you approach it, as every implementation will have different needs and solutions.
cheers for now
Sep 11, 2008 12:56 AM|Tony2005|LINK
I am looking for a free open source cart that has the most features already available. I am too busy to add the features I need. As the subject indicates, I am looking at those 3 candidates and TBH seems to have the least features implemented. I am into
a usable cart than a cart to learn from. As such, TBH is not a candidate anymore.
I also asked if anyone has been adding features to it. It doesn't seems that's the case. Codeplex doesn't show any recent releases. From scanning through posts, current TBH users are not posting any revisions.
The other two carts (the open source versions) also lack features I need but their starting base is richer so this means I have to do less work to add new features.
Also in another thread, there are two new books in the works for TBH. This discourages me from doing any custom work.
Sep 11, 2008 12:57 AM|Tony2005|LINK
ASP.NET Storefront is not a free open source cart.