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Django 1.2 e-commerce by Legg, Jesse (2010)

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  • By David on August 8, 2010

    This book has very good contents, especially if you are new to building ecommerce websites in django. It has helped me to understand how I should design my catalog and product models and taught me how to add dynamic attributes, etc. I thought overall content was better than other ecommerce books I have read. Then why did I give out 2 stars?Well...although the author seems to have a fine grasp on django, python and ecommerce, he fails to explain anything about his code. It's just full of random and erroneous codes.His chapter, "Setting Up Shop in 30 Minutes" sounds really cool, but it will probably take at least 3 hours for intermediate developers and 10 plus hours for beginners. Most of those hours will be spent trying to figure out his set up and file structures and debugging his code. Why do I need to do this for $39.99 book? I hope in the next edition, he just adds 15 more minutes of content and explains where the random snippet of codes should be placed, which django instructions should be used and just call it "Setting Up Shop in 45 Minutes".I will only recommend this book to intermediate to expert level django developers who just wants to 'read' to learn about ecommerce development. If you are a beginner and trying to learn django by following examples, please get other books. You will be completely lost and frustrated by random code snippets thrown at you.

  • By Og Maciel on June 22, 2010

    "Django 1.2 E-Commerce" starts with a very ambitious goal: design, develop and deploy a functionam ecommerce web site for the fictional [...] company. Sounds great, doesn't it?I started flipping through the usual introductory pages explaining what Django is and why use it for a project like this. It was all fairly brief which already led me to believe that knowledge of Django's inner works and basic setup and configuration was required to follow along.Well, the instructions are not as streamlined as other programming books I've read and it could be fairly tricky to follow the examples and logic if you're not already familiar with how Django works. There are several typos in the example code as well, mostly due to missing spaces between the commands and arguments. Adding to the confusion is the style the author chose to deliver his explanation of specific code changes, displaying snippets of code that will leave the reader wondering what specific file is being discussed.Now, if none of these things sound scary to you, you'll be happy to know that the project itself is fairly well designed and worth your time. It was also the first time I saw an example of integrating Django with Google Checkout to set up a "shopping cart" mechanism, and by the time you're done with the second chapter, you will have a very basic but functional ecommerce web site.The subsequent chapters were a blur, talking about adding external modules and services to enhance your site's searching capabilities as well as exposing the data from your "store" via APIs and generating reports with ReportLab. The author also talks about making use of javascript to add that AJAX-y feeling that we've come to expect of most modern sites and how to take advantage of S3 storage to sell your product.The last chapter finally walks you through a few different ways you can deploy your final project to the world out there. I thought it was interesting to see Fabric being mentioned as a driver for deployment, as I have been playing with it at work to help me perform a series of tests on several different hosts for QAing purposes. Come to think of it, this may have been the first time I've seen it mentioned in a book, so I'm glad that this project seems to be picking up steam.Overall, even with the issues of poor proof checking of the source code and the "everything and the kitchen sink" approach to the first chapters, if you're not new to Django and need to get some ideas on how to design and develop an ecommerce website, you may want to check out this book. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.bout+making+use+of+javas

  • By Juho Vepsäläinen on June 18, 2010

    Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Packt Publishing.I have worked with Django before and find it quite comfortable to use. My experience with e-commerce is somewhat limited, though. I expected the book to remedy this. It did manage to reach this goal I set, to some extent. My main gripe with the book was the quality of editing (plenty of errors, particularly in the code examples. missing code).I think the book covers the area quite well. Sadly there's no mention of Satchmo, a Django based e-commerce platform. It would have been nice to see how using Satchmo compares to pure Django based solution.I would have appreciated an expanded discussion on the specifics of the domain as well. Perhaps some case studies based on existing e-commerce sites would have fit the bill well.There is information that's useful beyond e-commerce as well. Deployment, search and AJAX (rich UIs) sections reflect this. I also found the section discussing reports (ReportLab) interesting.Though there were errors I found the writing style of the author enjoyable and comprehensive enough. It also appears that the author is responsive as can be seen by the availability of updated project files that are available from the author's blog [...] for the time being.I think that people already having some experience with Django have the most to gain from the book. I would not recommend it to absolute beginners. Not the first edition at least.

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