[development] ecommerce things

FGM fgm at osinet.fr
Wed Feb 6 07:49:19 UTC 2008

It really depends on what you call "bulk". I have such a site with over 100k 
SKUs, updated weekly, and creating/deleting the whole node set every week is 
not something you want to do. OTOH, if you're in the 1k SKUs, this is still 

The key concept for such volume use, though, appears to be lazy node 
creation (only create product nodes when you actually want a transaction 
involving them). This has been discussed recently (maybe it was one some 
planet blog ?), and others pointed to similar mechanisms on their own 
project. The problem is that ecommerce (and AFAIK, ubercart) have no support 
for such mechanisms, only being able to work on product nodes, not create 
nodes on the fly from non-drupal data.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "wolf" <wolf at networkdefense.biz>
To: <development at drupal.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 6:38 PM
Subject: [development] ecommerce things

>I am at the beginning of an informal project to add some features to
> ecommerce on drupal.  The current system is great for people with small
> catalogs, or who want to add one or 2 items a day, incrementally
> developing a large catalog, however the only thing it appears one may do
> en mass is delete products.  This is my "hello world" project in drupal,
> so 'Hi y'all!"
> My wish list.
> 1) I want to add a field to each instance of a SKU that is in the
> shopping cart so the buyer can add custom instructions for items.  This
> must accept arbitrary text, but I think I will have to work out how to
> make sure code cannot be run from it.
> 2) I want bulk upload to the database from csv or (2.a.) a
> spreadsheet-like php page that lets a user type in several products at
> once and add all their attributes at once.
> Where would you start with this kind of wishlist?
> Would you build it for 6.x and then back it into 5.x, based on the good
> probability that the project will not get done this month?
> Would this be categorized as an insanely optimistic 1st project?
> Thanks in advance
> Wolf
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