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Q: Shopping Cart Recommended ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Shopping Cart Recommended
Category: Computers > Programming
Asked by: isaac123456789-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 04 May 2004 11:37 PDT
Expires: 03 Jun 2004 11:37 PDT
Question ID: 341020
1. What is faster perl or php?
2. do you have a recommended a fast shopping cart software in perl
with a full source code tat is easy to use and modify it?
Subject: Re: Shopping Cart Recommended
Answered By: palitoy-ga on 20 May 2004 08:52 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello isaac123456789

1) Asking which is faster Perl or PHP is a question that will always
produce a subjective answer.  In my opinion I would choose Perl, but
that is because I tend to develop solutions in Perl and it seems an
easier language for me to program in.  Also Perl is an older language
than PHP so arguably there are more people who understand it and it
has had more development work done on it over the years.  Other people
argue that as PHP was developed for the internet it is a faster
language to use on the net.

The context you use the program you have developed is also an
important factor.  For a shopping cart I would still choose Perl to be
faster as it handles text faster than PHP (in general).

If you search for "PHP vs Perl" in Google you can be directed to many
different sites each extolling the virtues of either Perl or PHP. 
Some of the more interesting pages you might wish to refer to on this
subject are:

In summary both are very quick at what they do and when it takes
milliseconds for a program in either language to execute is it
necessary to worry about which one is the faster?  My opinion is that
Perl probably is the best software for generating dynamic websites and
shopping carts.

2) You have not indicated how much you wish to pay for your shopping
cart so I will recommend my favourite one.  I have just deployed this
cart for a client who was thrilled with it especially as the cart is

closedShop is a solution for a free shopping cart that is easy to
install, maintain and customize and can be found here:

It is written in Perl and the full sourcecode is available online.

It is regularly updated with fixes and new additions through its user
group and I would highly recommend that you give it a try.

This is the blurb for the latest release of closedShop (from their site):

"closedShop attempts to provide an easy to set up, manage and utilize
shopping cart. Based on Perl and MySQL, its aim will be to provide all
the features a commercial shopping cart offers at no cost.

Version 1.6 has been released on February 19th, 2004. Almost a year in
development, spurred on by finacial incentive, there are many new
features. See the history.txt file for these changes

Item Searching, by description, title and category 
Easy web interface installation 
Mailing list management of customers 
Easy order processing in the administration section 
Cookie based shopping cart, so customers can continue shopping 
Relatively secure user/admin authentication (w/o a secure server --
with a secure server, you would be very secure)
Secure server support (read readme file) 
User accounts so customers can view status of placed orders 
Email confirmations for customers and administrator 
Easy look and feel customization 
Multiple language support 
Integrated eBay product posting (seemless) 
Template files for Items and Categories, allowing complete customization"

You can download closedShop by clicking on the download link at the
closedShop site indicated above.

If this solution is not to your liking I can provide you with links to
other Perl based shopping carts but as I indicated this is my
favourite solution and one that I have used before.

Finally, if I have not fully answered your question please ask for
further clarification before rating the answer.  I want to ensure you
are happy with the answer you receive and get full value for money.

Request for Answer Clarification by isaac123456789-ga on 23 May 2004 18:14 PDT
Very good answer but if you have a link to a better shopping cart that works faster
like the php shopping cart but in perl with all the options
and also easy to modify
even with money till a $1000

Clarification of Answer by palitoy-ga on 24 May 2004 03:27 PDT
Hello isaac123456789

I have taken a look at X-Cart and the specifications that you require
and have narrowed down the Perl shopping carts to the following ones
for you.  There are many to choose from in the under $1000 so if these
carts are still not to your liking please ask for further
clarification.  I have based these picks on carts that are closest to
X-Cart in nature and have the best reputation (according to reviews of
the software on independent sites).  The text relating to each product
is from the specific web site.

Click Cart Pro ($180)
ClickCartPro is compatible with 29 different payment processors, 4
different realtime shipping rate providers, exports data to 2
accounting programs, can store data in 3 different relational
databases and/or CSV files and installs on virtually any webserver. 
It is written in Perl 5 using an object-oriented design. All
programming code is delivered in source format, therefore it is
editable.  In brief, Click Cart Pro is a complete e-commerce solution.
Manage an entire web site and online store with one software package.
Integrated with all major credit card processors, plus has the ability
to process orders offline. 100% of the program is configurable via an
administrator utility. Supports connections to advanced relational
databases, but is capable of running in CSV-only mode.

CartIt Commerce System ($250)
CartIt 8.0 is the new professional standard in e-commerce
applications. From shopper accounts to customer service management
capabilities, CartIt 8.0 will give any small to medium sized company
the ability to sell and serve effectively online. CartIt takes
e-commerce to the next level by introducing order and customer
management with CommerceBuddy, the included Windows companion product.

This solution allows you to program your shopping site in any language
(PHP, HTML, ASP, Perl etc) before "pointing" it to the shopping cart. 
This allows you to concentrate on getting the specifics of your site
correct and not having to worry about effecting the shop.

QuikStore ($200)
QuikStore currently has around 4000 satisfied customers. And, over the
last 5-6 years, QuikStore has worked hard to provide a stable, easy to
use, and effective Shopping Cart program for their customers.
QuikStore has been built from their input. QuikStore believes that its
customers provide the most valuable input into the design and
implementation of our software and  listen to them.  Because of this
the software has all of the features that most customers require.

Hopefully this information will help you decide upon the shopping cart
that you require.  It is difficult to provide a solution saying "buy
this one" as all carts are a personal choice and depend upon the
amount of detail that you require.  If I had to pick one I would be
leaning towards Click Cart Pro...

Although not as complex as the previous examples gets good reviews as a shopping cart. 
It is though a much simpler product than say CartIt.

Once again if you need any further clarification I will be only to willing to help.

Request for Answer Clarification by isaac123456789-ga on 24 May 2004 09:33 PDT
The Click Cart Pro I thing is the best
But still I want all the options like:
-unlimited multi level categories
-unlimited item options (drop down) with prices
-my account
-top sellers
-online html editor for item description
-and very fast!!!!

Tanks again for the good and fast service

Clarification of Answer by palitoy-ga on 24 May 2004 10:22 PDT
Hello isaac123456789

Click Cart Pro does allow an unlimited number of categories, an
unlimited number of levels of categories and a report/order management
section which can be used to produce statistics.  I believe it can
also account for unlimited item options from your list.

Can you clarify what you mean by "top sellers" and "my account"?  It
does offer the shop owner a number of options in how to alter their

I would like to point you to their software features list here which
shows the vast capabilities of Click Cart Pro:

(If this link does not work go to and then
select Features List from the list on the left hand side of the

I hope this helps.

Request for Answer Clarification by isaac123456789-ga on 25 May 2004 08:47 PDT
I check the  again and its relay what I
look for include everything beside the multi level categories that its
not relay multi level with a child and parent but its like accessories
and each time you add a new category you have to link it again and
again by each parent and if you want to remove it you have to remove
it from each links category that it made it not a user friendly
I am looking for an option that you can add under a selected category
a sub category
And it should be a fast shopping cart
Thanks again

Clarification of Answer by palitoy-ga on 25 May 2004 09:18 PDT
Hello isaac123456789

I am still a little unsure about what you mean by "multi level
categories" and how it differs from what Click Cart Pro is offering...

I don't think you will ever find any package that is exactly what you
require, for example Microsoft Word is a great word processor but it
still isn't perfect.  The beauty of having a Perl shopping cart would
be that a programmer should be able to alter the source code to add in
the little extras that you require.  In the past I have also found the
companies selling the carts are also helpful with queries about their
products and sometimes can provide the exact software solutions for
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