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Installation of Drupal and Ubercart 2.x

by George Papadongonas Yiannis Doxaras | March 2010 | MySQL Drupal e-Commerce Open Source PHP

This article is a quick installation reference for Drupal, the required Drupal modules, and Ubercart. Ubercart is not a standalone e-commerce application, but it comes as a Drupal module. That means you have to first install Drupal and all the required Drupal modules on a server with the minimum requirements, before installing Ubercart. The topics that we will discuss in this article by George Papadongonas and Yiannis Doxaras, authors of Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, are:

  • Minimum requirements for Ubercart installation
  • Creating a local environment using a web server, PHP, and a database server
  • Using a commercial hosting service
  • Downloading and installing Drupal and Ubercart
  • Using UberDrupal, an Ubercart installation profile
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Shipping, Taxes, and Processing Orders with WordPress 2.9 eCommerce

by Brian Bondari | March 2010 | e-Commerce Open Source WordPress

In this article by Brian Bondari, author of WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce, we will discuss the elements that concern us during and after a customer goes through the checkout process. These essential elements include tax configuration, shipping settings, and e-mail issues. We will also walk through a complete transaction from customer and store-owner perspectives, testing all variables. Effectively, what we want to ensure is that the entire checkout process works smoothly for all involved. We want to ensure that any applicable taxes and shipping charges are calculated correctly, and that both the customer and store owner receive accurate notifications about any orders. Be sure to test these processes thoroughly—the last thing you want to do is hurt your business by keeping customers uninformed or by under or overcharging for taxes and shipping. This article covers:

 

  • Locations and tax setup
  • Shipping Options and Calculators
  • Processing a test order
  • E-mails sent to you and the customer
  • Sales log
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Using Moodle to integrate a Foreign Language Course in Secondary School

by Mariella Proietta | March 2010 | Moodle

The article by Mariella Proietta, aims to plan teaching and learning English as a foreign language. It discusses how to go about using the material available in the secondary school language textbook, to test Moodle as an E-learning platform in blended mode, and support rather than substitute the conventional class activities. Moodle can be used to integrate a school course for young people, with online activities that help them to increase their foreign language proficiency and also their competence in ICT(Information and Communication Technology). Most foreign language courses in secondary schools are supported by textbooks that provide plenty of audio material like audio-cassettes, CDs and even CD ROMs, but students seem quite reluctant to use these tools at home. The idea here is to take the advantage of Moodle E-learning environment to enrich the learning process, through a more complete exploitation of the teaching resources, contents and other the aids connected with the textbook chosen.

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CMS Made Simple 1.6: Orders and Payments in an E-commerce Website

by Sofia Hauschildt | March 2010 | Beginner's Guides Content Management Open Source Web Development

In the article CMS Made Simple 1.6: Getting Started with an E-commerce Website, we covered Products module. In this article by Sofia Hauschildt, author of CMS Made Simple 1.6: Beginner's Guide, we will learn about a solution made of following modules:

  • Cart
  • SelfRegistration (optional)
  • Orders
  • PaypalGateway (optional)
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Building a Flex Type-Ahead Text Input

by Keith Lee | March 2010 | Open Source

A Type-Ahead TextInput is feature common to modern day web forms. Quite simply, it is a way to allow the user to enter free text into a field and simultaneously display a list of possible choices based on the text they've already entered. It does so in a way that does not interfere with the users choice of input. In this article by Keith Lee, we will use Flex and build a AutoComplete TextInput.

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