Seeking Advice: Building A Web Store From Scratch

Blake Barnett shadoi at
Tue Nov 7 15:44:53 MST 2006

On Nov 6, 2006, at 10:53 AM, Kimball Larsen 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?

Have you looked at Substruct[1]?  It may be a good place to get ideas  
and embrace/extend.  ;)



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