Some Background on the Business
In this course we will actually be developing both an ecommerce store and
the store management interfaces. Almost all people are only aware
of their shopping experience and don't think about what it takes to
actually manage the online store. But after thinking about it some
you probably realize that managing the online store is much more
involved than a shopping experience. But, at present we will
develop the store. We leave developing the store management
interface to the last month or so of the semester.
Rather than go directly to working with MySQL via PHP I want to motivate a relatively large and complicated example template. We will be developing a full featured ecommerce site. But in order to make it more realistic, we need to present some background on the organization.
The firm will be called firefox. They specialize in selling hard to find items, some people accuse their founder of obscurantism. We will keep the product list artificially short, but all of are developments will be done so that adding more products should be relatively seamless. The firefox departments will be
It is important to realize that some of the products in these departments have certain sorts of attributes that are important to distinguish
The rest of the departments don't really have these kinds of attributes. But clearly, we need to be able to effectively deal with these sorts of contingencies so that our customers can appropriately select products.
Desired Features. There are a number of different basic functionalities that ecommerce stores can have. We want to make sure our customers can do at least the following.