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    Writing a simple ecommerce site

    So I'm looking to write a small proof of concept ecommerce site.

    The basic idea being to demonstrate
    - user registration
    - input of buy/sell requests
    - matching requests.

    I know some perl, a bit of mysql, that Apache is a web server, and mod_perl allows one to write perl within the context of Apache.

    OK so far, or should I be reading up on some different kinds of technologies.
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    I think some more and different kind of technologies.

    soms more: (x)html(5) with css for data representation and some client-side scripting with JavaScript when you want to do some validation checks on the client side!

    some different: php instead of perl, because php with mysql and apache (under linux known as lamp) are kind of standard, like partners in www-life !

    perl is ok but more difficult meaning less productive, few & elite communities. if u master it, then ok, you can use it, with(in) catalyst for example to make your webdevelopment life easier and more organised and maintainable as your e-commerce application grows, and if u only know some basics, then I think PHP would be better.

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    Heh, someone else posted a reply with a link such that I might have suspected Salem to be a spammer in cahoots with that user, if I did not know better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Salem
    I know some perl, a bit of mysql, that Apache is a web server, and mod_perl allows one to write perl within the context of Apache.

    OK so far, or should I be reading up on some different kinds of technologies.
    For a really barebones proof of concept you probably don't need to use CSS or Javascript, but I concur with yvan that you will probably need some HTML knowlegde.

    Personally, my current favourite tool for such web backends is Python with the Django Web framework, but then adopting that would mean learning quite a bit from scratch. On the other hand, I learnt both Python and Django in a matter of days as a final year student in university for a side project in addition to my final year modules and final year project, so maybe you will find it easy too.
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