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Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Professional Edition: Learn how to design, build, and profit from a sophisticated online business. Paperback – December 5, 2005

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811145
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Mercer was born in August 1976 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Having always had a strong interest in science, David came into regular contact with computers at university where he graduated cum laude with majors in applied math and math (although he minored in computer science). As a programmer and professional writer who has been writing both code and books for about nine years, he has worked on a number of well known titles, in various capacities, on a wide variety of topics. His books have sold tens of thousands of copies and have been translated into over 6 different languages to date. David finds that the challenges arising from the dichotomous relationship between the science (and art) of software programming and the art (and science) of writing is what keeps his interest in producing books piqued. He will no doubt continue to write professionally in the future. David balances his time between programming, reviewing, writing, and contributing to interesting web-based projects such as RankTracer and LinkDoozer. When he isn't working (which isn't that often) he enjoys playing guitar (generally on stage and unrehearsed) and getting involved in outdoor activities ranging from touch rugby and golf to water skiing and snowboarding. Visit RankTracer or find him on LinkDoozer where he is generally lurking.

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The book is clear and complete step-by-step procedures are always spelled out in detail.
Sammy Al Sumer
He uses a lot of words and anecdotes that are of little/no relevance and make it hard to find the information you need (if it is there at all).
J. Mero
If you have never used OSC, this is a good book, if you know OSC, and are looking to improve on it most likely nothing is new.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Monika Mathé on February 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've seen this book a bit earlier than most as I had the pleasure to do the technical reviewing of it. Normally not too fond of tool books, I really enjoyed reading this one - well to be honest it was quite an addiction for me to read it. I was actually on vacation at my parents home and they thought it was pretty weird for me to lock myself in my dad's computer room to read it for hours.

So why did I enjoy it this much? This book really covers it all ... from setting up a dev environment on your local puter to finetuning your store at the end. In between there is lots of tips on business decisions, never in a dry voice though but full of examples and easily understandable explanations why some things just work and others do not. The writer has a chatty tone which is refreshing to read and never boring.

All admin parameters are explained, contribution installation is demystified and tips for turning your store into a fun and secure shopping experience pop out from all pages. A perfect guide for those newbies who enjoy reading the knowledgebase or forumns but still like to have a book on hand for easy reference. Even a total beginner could build a fab store with the step by step explanations found here.

Especially the security part is a topic often neglected in new shop creation and will distinguish your shop from those which just don't make it. Ditto for looks and functionality to create a pleasant shopping environment for the visitor and an easily managable backend for the shop owner.

As I'm totally in LOVE with osC (geez now that's a secret I tell you here so NOT!!!) I felt like a little sponge while reading the book. Yes there were passages that were new to me too and that I eagerly implemented in my stores. So good for business and so fun at the same time. Enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Morehead on December 21, 2005
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I am a PHP programmer but have no experience with osCommerce. I needed a "big picture" view of how osCommerce works and how it is customized. I also needed some detail as to how modules inter-relate. This book satisfied both of those requirements.

It is written in a casual, easy-to-read way, and is suitable for folks new to e-commerce technology as well as people like me who need some orientation before setting out to customize things.

This is my second Packt book, and I am very happy with the overall quality.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Fetcho on March 28, 2006
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This book helped me to install and configure all the tools needed to get a development osCommerce site running at home. I did run into some configuration problems however, the online community helped tremendously. This book really does a fine job of explaining what the out of the box tools can do and how the contribution modules can further improve your online store. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in building an online store since osCommerce and all the tools required are opensource (free) and in many ways better than the costly competition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sammy Al Sumer on March 29, 2006
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I am a PHP web developer but I have never used OSC before. I am half way through the book and I can't waint to thank and congratulate the author for this wonderful book. The book is clear and complete step-by-step procedures are always spelled out in detail.

this book was the one I used to get me out of the gate quickest *because* of the quality and the no-nonsense explanations.

As a computer system administrator I have found this book to be a valuable resource to anyone aiming to build and grow an on line shop with osCommerce.

Please keep the good job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NJdilettante on October 20, 2006
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This isn't by any means a definitive OSCommerce text, but it will give an EXPERIENCED programmer with a PHP/MySQL background a solid launch point for implementing an OSCommerce store.

OSCommerce isn't rocket science, but it IS really complicated if you want to modify it in any way. This book provides a vocabulary and a rudimentary framework for how OSCommerce is structured and how its parts interact.

This book isn't all you need to develop a great OSCommerce store, but it sure does get you started!

Glad I bought it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Phillips on January 24, 2006
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I was pleasantly surprised that this book really got into the inards of OSC. Most technical manuals merely restate what has already been written in the included documentation. This book, however, does get into the technical end of things and shows you how you can customize many features of osCommerce. A must book for anyone building an online store with osCommerce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Bunker on September 25, 2010
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That is the first thing that you should ask? This book is for osCommerce V2.2MS2 and for this does a very good job. It also does a very good job of giving an overview of the osCommerce process and layout of things. But it does not work for osCommerce V2.2RC2a. This version is just different enough that the steps that are outlined do not work. Now that osCommerce V2.3 and v3.0 are on the horizon this book is even more out of date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JMH on May 7, 2009
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I didn't purchase the Beginner's manual, but I think this Professional Edition could be called a Beginner's guide. It worked pretty well to get me started as I'm not a programmer and had never really used osCommerce. Due to the title, I was expecting to get a little more information on the coding aspect.

POSITIVES - for beginners, it gives you a good overall idea of site structure and is written in language that anybody can understand. It suggests several add-ons to incorporate and shows you how to install them as well as provides hints on some of the customization.

NEGATIVES - I was hoping for something with a little more depth on the programming level.

Overall, I think this is a great book for a beginner who has never worked with osCommerce and has little experience with php & mysql. However, if you want something that will guide you in creating your own custom modules, I think you should look elsewhere.
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