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The friendly, tutorial style of Sams Teach Yourself E-Commerce Programming with ASP in 21 Days empowers you to create your own online stores quickly and easily. Using online-proven methods, Stephen Walther, an expert e-commerce developer, provides you with an understanding of online commerce applications, then guides you through the use of VBScript and ASP's built-in objects, enabling you to create your own dynamic, database-driven e-commerce solutions. This book does not stop at just creating the online store. The author teaches you to create order tracking systems, manage advertising, create store reports, personalize the shopping experience and much more.

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Active Server Pages technology has been used to build many of the world's leading e-commerce sites, including (dare we say it?) this one. It's a remarkably flexible solution for e-commerce development. If you're already comfortable with VBScript (or even VB), and maybe a little SQL, SAMS Teach Yourself E-Commerce Programming With ASP In 21 Days will have you performing e-commerce magic almost as quickly as your boss wants it.

In this project-based course, you'll walk through building many of the meat-and-potatoes features of a typical e-commerce site, and several advanced features as well. In Week I, you'll write ASP scripts that retrieve customer information, track it with cookies and session variables; manage a catalog; create product pages; and implement product search.

In Week II, you'll create a subscription-based, database-integrated site with a user registration system that restricts some pages to paying customers. Finally, in Week III, you'll learn techniques for administering your store remotely with ASP scripts; debugging your ASP-based e-commerce applications; sending email from ASP pages; generating store reports; managing banner advertising; and more. You'll find all the projects on the accompanying CD-ROM — a great starting point for the real-world stuff your boss is banging on you for!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672318986
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 4/21/2000
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 603
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents



Day 1. Introduction to E-Commerce.

What Is E-Commerce? Microsoft Technologies for E-Commerce. What Is an ASP Page? Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 2. Interacting with the Customer.

Working with the Response Object. Working with the Request Object. Retrieving Query String and Form Variables. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 3. Using Application and Session Objects in E-Commerce Applications.

Tracking Customers with Cookies. Tracking Customers with Session Variables. Using Application Variables. Using the Global.asa File. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 4. Working with Files in Your E-Commerce Application.

Including Files in an ASP Page. Using File Redirection. Using the File Access Component. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 5. Building Your Product Catalog.

Creating the Store Database. Creating the Products Table. Connecting to a Database. Adding Products to the Products Table. Updating Product Information in the Products Table. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 6. Displaying Your Products.

Using Recordsets. Displaying Products. Making Your Store More Scalable. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 7. Searching for Products.

Displaying a Rotating List of Featured Products. Creating a Search Page. Creating Indexable Web Pages. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Bonus Project.


Day 8. Building the Transaction Databases.

The Transaction Database Tables. Creating the Users Database Table. Registering Users. Gracefully Handling Form Errors. Using the Secure Sockets Layer. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 9. Building the Shopping Cart.

Using Session Variables to Create a Shopping Cart. Using Native ADO Methods. Using a Database Table to Create a Shopping Cart. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 10. Checking Out.

Understanding Transactions. Completing the Order. Processing Orders. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 11. Working with Credit Cards.

Methods of Processing Credit Cards. Preparing for CyberCash. Authorizing a Credit Card Transaction. Settling Credit Card Transactions. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 12. Letting Customers Track Their Orders.

Enabling Customers to Track Orders with a Web Page. Calculating Shipping Costs. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 13. Creating a Subscription-Based Site.

Using HTTP Authentication. Using Database Authentication. Using Hybrid Authentication. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 14. Customizing the Shopping Experience.

Retrieving the Existing User Settings. Showing Past Purchases. Advertising Items Your Customers Would Like. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Bonus Project.


Day 15. Securing Your Store.

Registering Your Own Domain. Making Your Server More Secure. Protecting Your Users' Private Information with SSL. Protecting Your Database. Registering with the Better Business Bureau Reliability Program. Establishing a Privacy Policy and Joining a Privacy Seal Program. The Better Business Bureau's Children's Advertising Review Unit. Guidelines. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 16. Debugging Your E-Commerce Applications.

Keeping Your Development and Production Systems Separate. Debugging Your Application Using Visual InterDev's Integrated Debugger. Debugging Your Application on a Production Server. Capturing Errors into a Log File. Testing for Scalability. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 17. Administering Your Store Remotely with ASPs.

The IIS Administration Pages. Installing and Administering the IIS FTP Service. Uploading Files to Your Site Using FTP. Advanced Web-Based Product Catalog Maintenance. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 18. Using Email from Active Server Pages.

The Basics of Internet Mail. Configuring the SMTP Service. The Collaboration Data Objects for NT Server (CDONTS). Sending Email from an ASP Page. Sending Batches of Email. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 19. Generating Store Reports.

Reporting on Site Usage. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 20. Working with Wallets.

Physical Commerce Versus Electronic Commerce. Electronic Wallets. Wallet Standards. Your Own Store Wallet. Accepting Information from Wallets. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Day 21. Promoting Your Site and Managing Banner Advertising.

Search Engines. Web Rings. Banner Ads. Paying for Banner Ads. Participating in Reward Programs. Other Ways to Increase Revenue. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Bonus Project.


Appendix A: Quiz Answers. Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions About Active Server Pages. Appendix C: SQL Reference.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001


    I was disappointed in this book. I hoped it would go more in depth on certain topics that confused me. When I tried the CD it really didn't help me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    100% coverage

    This is the first time I have ever bought a book that actually gave me all the information I needed to accomplish a task set before me. The book is very well written and very clearly represents it's content. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in starting their own internet web store or if you would like a book on database programming with ASP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2000

    This Book Got A Bad Rap

    I really enjoyed this book but was concerned when I read some bad reviews on it. I purchased another ASP/E-Commerce book that got good reviews but I found this book much, much better. This book is direct, informative, thorough and has a great index. I would definitely recommend it for VB programmers who want to learn ASP/E-Commerce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    E-commerce falls flat

    This book starts out OK and is a good start for ASP programming, but I wouldn't want to build a production e-commerce site out of their shopping cart/order system. Orders have a one to many relationship between the detail items (which should contain information about each line item) and the order header (which contains information like shipping address, total cost, etc...). The example in this book assigns each detail item it's own order number. Not good. I didn't expect the code in the book to be a turn-key e-commerce storefront, but the slacked-off order system is very lame. An OK book for learning ASP concepts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    Two Stars for Effort

    Book claims to be for beginners and intermediate but I am a beginner to ASP and found that his scripts are incomplete. In many places in the book he claims the file is on the cd rom but it is not. This book is about 600 pages and I read the first 300. I am a programmer and have not been able to make his exaples work after I got to about page 275 and the full source is not on the disk. What is on the disk for day 13 does not resemlbe anything in the book. I admire that he wrote the book but for a begginner it didn't make the grade. Had the disk contained what it claimed it might have been a good book

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