Seeking Advice: Building A Web Store From Scratch

Bryan Sant bryan.sant at
Mon Nov 6 12:02:39 MST 2006

On 11/6/06, Kimball Larsen <kimball at> wrote:
> So, we are beginning a redesign of our retail store software, from
> the ground up.  There are plenty of off the shelf products I can use
> for the basis of my store, but I'd rather build it all myself and
> thereby completely understand everything it does.
> A visit to my local Barnes and Noble store along with a pretty good
> question answer period with Dr. Google leads me to believe that
> nobody has written a book on the best practices for building a web-
> based retail POS.  Anyone ever heard of such a thing?
> Specifically, I'm looking for pointers to ensure that the system:
> A)  Accurately tracks customers and their invoices
> B)  Allows for our business model that centers around the concept of
> in-store credit
> C)  Keeps the accountants happy. :-)
> The major failing of our current incarnation of home-grown software
> is in letter C above, but it could stand to improve in A and B as well.
> Thoughts?
> -- Kimball

I would build your POS system and then write a book on how you did it
if I were you :-).


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