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Professional Commerce Server 2000 Paperback – May, 2001
Commerce Server 2000 is Microsoft's solution for building powerful e-commerce applications on the Web. This product is the successor to the pioneering Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition product, and it enhances its architecture in several key areas, including user profile management and site analysis. Professional Commerce Server 2000 Programming from Wrox Press is an excellent guide to this powerhouse new product.
One of Commerce Server's strengths is its balance between "out of the box" Web store solutions that build easily with wizards and its extensible architecture that allows programmers to extend and customize sites any way they like. This guide steps the reader through the creation of the basic retail store but quickly gets down to the business of customization. Halfway through the book, the reader will have a good feel for setting up user profile and authentication; customizing the store catalog; configuring promotions, tax tables, and shipping rates; and setting up the order processing pipelines to meet an organization's needs. Plenty of sample code--all of which is downloadable from the publisher's Web site--is included to illustrate customization techniques.
Advanced topics such as content targeting and BizDesk integration are covered in great depth, making this guide a veritable Commerce Server bible you'll turn to time and time again. The book's authors address the sticky issue of migrating Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition stores to Commerce Server--a Herculean task that programmers will have to think about long and hard before attempting--with two separate chapters that focus on moving the Membership Directory and stores respectively.
Commerce Server 2000 is one of the most powerful e-commerce solution tools available. This well-organized guide is perhaps the most powerful documentation you will find for the product. --Stephen W. Plain
- User profiling and authentication
- Catalog customization
- Business analytics
- Pipeline implementation
- Campaigns and content selection
- Content and promotion targeting
- Third-party tax and shipping components
- BizDesk integration
- Migrating Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition membership directories and stores
- COM and schema reference
From the Publisher
This book has been selected by the editors of Wrox Press to be part of the Wroxbase website.
This book is for experienced developers familiar with implementing web solutions on the Windows 2000 platform who wish to utilize the rich, flexible, and robust environment afforded by Commerce Server 2000. You will find this book invaluable, whether you are new to the Microsoft Enterprise Servers or a seasoned Site Server 3.0 CE developer looking to upgrade to Commerce Server 2000.
A full discussion of both the hardware and software required to run all of the example code in this book is provided in Chapter 1, but as a rough guide you should have a minimum of:
- At least a Pentium II, 450 MHz computer with 128 MB of RAM (256 preferred) and 3 GB of hard disk space
- Windows 2000
- Internet Explorer 5.5
- SQL Server 2000
- Commerce Server 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
Once again WROX has done it - a good book about a demanding technology for programmers.
The authors must have been confused or took so much for granted. The problems I found with the book are too many. For example: Code snippets fail, poor steps (making the book a very tidious read.). The steps are embedded in lengthy theories, making them impossible to follow. Focus is lost and references are poor. For example, on page 88, they write "you can find this function [global_service_lib.asp] in the include directory". Wrong because, the global_service_lib.asp resides in the siteroot/service/include directory. These are minute errors that can frustrate many readers in the middle of the night.
Some diligence should be put into books that involve program codes. I generally do not tolerate such errors from programmers. We should be people akin to details!!
Here is my two cents.
I purchased this book because I have always valued Wrox books. They publish pretty decent books, except Commerce Server 2000. I found inconsistency all over the book and most of the code that that the author tried to explain were in poor quality and did not work (even the download code). I made the code work only by looking deep into the Online Help files.
This book has all the signs that it was rushed out the door the author lightly touches the different parts of Commerce Server 2000. Even if you are an advanced programmer you will find this book hard to follow and will find your self looking more into the Online Help files rather than the this book.