Book: Online Shops with OXID eShop

Finally decided to get my hands on one ‘the book’ about OXID eShop.
According to the description, this book is meant for newbies wanting to have a first look into what you can do with OXID eShop. And as I’ve been doing some pet projects with the community edition, I wanted to have a look.

It is a nice book to have a first peek into what you can do with OXID eShop Community Edition, but it is in no way a book for developers (which I knew before and did not expect).
So as soon as it gets more complex than the basic installation, you need to refer to other sources. In case you need to dig deeper into code, templates, modules etc. ask friend google for useful links or try to find help from the OXID community.

On the other hand: that’s exactly the book you need if want a shop up and running without having to bother with the code behind it 😉 But you should have at least some rudimentary idea about what a web application does.

Did you expect me to not start giving my2Cents? Forget it, here’s some comments on certain chapters and you probably need the book in hand to understand what I mean:

Chapter 2 – Installation

I did a lot of installations of OXID eShop over time on different local machines and also on my low budget no db views allowed shared hosting server. Worked fine all the time (Windows XP, Vista, Linux) but when finally switching to Mac, I decided to no longer install directly on my machine but on a virtual machine inside my host computer. If the server installation is screwed up, you just can go back to the latest snapshop and start from there. If your host machine gives up, just move the virtual machine to the next host.

So for a test installation, xampp is really great if you are unexperienced and only interested in running the shop, if you need more (here goes developers) better set up a virtual machine and start from there.

Chapter 12 – OXID eFire

In my opinion the authors could have spent some more time on explaining what OXID eFire can do, this chapter is way to short to explain all possibilities. After all, this service is also an important part of the OXID Biosphere. Just look at the eFire start page to have a peek into what’s possible.

Btw: For security reasons you should NOT use the same login credentials for logging in to eFire GUI and for letting your shop access eFire SOAP service.

Oh well … with as example they picked the only ‘Portlet’ that still is enabled via Mail request directly to OXID. Usually portlets are enabled by a so called registration workflow (kind of an n-step wizard guiding an explaining you through the installation).

Chapter 15 – Maintaining the shop

Did I complain about the short chapter about eFire? They should also have spent more time on extensions and modules. But well, ok, maybe that’s also a topic for a developer book.

To the authors: I did not count how many sentences start with ‘Last, but not least…’ but there’s a lot 😉

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