Beginning E-Commerce with Visual Basic, ASP, SQL Server 7.0 and MTS

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9781861003980: Beginning E-Commerce with Visual Basic, ASP, SQL Server 7.0 and MTS

A guide for programmers with a knowledge of ASP and Visual Basic explains how to create a secure online retail site

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Beginning E-Commerce offers an excellent demonstration of full-featured e-commerce Web-site construction with the Microsoft suite of development tools. If VB is your language of choice and ASP is your Web scripting selection, this tutorial is a must.

This book has very little general coverage of e-commerce. The entire text is devoted to the step-by-step construction of "Jo's Coffee," a fictitious Web storefront that winds up at the end of the book with a sophisticated order-processing pipeline, online discussion groups, XML integration with outside systems, and much more. In the introduction, the book sets a lofty goal: "... to take you gently from knowing nothing about e-commerce, to a point where you'll be able to put up a Web site that will make money for your business." This text meets this goal for readers who are familiar with the development tools mentioned in the title.

The book does a great job of providing complete commentary for each stage of the development process. It walks the reader through defining an application object model, implementing it with VB COM components, interfacing with a SQL Server database, and adding a number of sophisticated features. One of the most interesting techniques illustrated in this title is a VB COM component-based order-processing pipeline similar to the type found in Microsoft's top-of-the-line Site Server product. Using the example in this book, developers could easily construct custom pipelines for every commerce site they build.

If your core competencies lie in Microsoft-based technologies, this book is a wise investment in the future. It offers eye-opening possibilities for creating your own industrial-strength e-commerce sites. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: COM and e-commerce object models, product catalog, shopping basket, checkout, order processing, promotions, certificates, pipeline construction, transaction management, deployment, e-mail integration, discussion groups, XML integration, and marketing tips.

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his book has been selected by the editors of Wrox Press to be part of the Wroxbase website.

Online discussion of the topics in this book available at Wrox's P2P site.

Beginning with design considerations, this book will take you through each and every stage of setting up a secure and efficient e-commerce site. First we'll show you how to create a solid infrastructure for your site. This includes setting up and configuring the web server, choosing a hosting option and installing all the necessary software.

Next, we will show you how to actually build the site content and features. Taking into consideration the use of a product database, the use of a customer shopping cart, efficient order processing and tracking as well as detailing secure and private credit card transactions. Throughout this, design issues such as a search options and site navigation will be addressed. We'll do all this using a combination of ASP, VB components and ADO.

Once the site is live and complete, this book will also detail how you can take your site further, for example auctions, promotions and analyzing visitors.

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