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Old October 16th, 2006, 12:23 PM
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hi all,

i am trying to make a sample ecommerce application.
i am now struck with the shopping cart area
if someone can give me some advices, and suggestions, that will be very helpful

i have 3 categories of product, in page 1
and on selecting particualr category, i am displaying the associated products in a datalist
the datalist displays product image,and its model number

when the user clicks the model number, it get redirected to page2, which contains the details of the particualr product

this page contains a hyperlink "AddToCart". on clicking this, i have to perform the shoppingcart format

i am confused, where shall i create a datatable, and then put it in seesion, and then bind with a datagrid for shopping cart.

can anyone please help me conceptually

thanks in advance

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There are as many ways to create a shopping cart as there are programmers that design them.

Some of the more straightforward methods are:

1. Use a database backend to store the users 'cart' and then relate the database to the user either by way of a sessionID or from a cookie that you place on the users PC

2. Store it in session (though I dont advise this). You could store the contents in session and then build an in memory datatable to bind to, but if the user is placing many different things in their carts and this is persisted across multiple users/sessions you run the potential of degrading server preformance as all of that info is being stored on the server.

I would almost certainly use the database backend and just pull from the database when the user hits the "Cart Page" and build the cart off a database query.

I will only tell you how to do it, not do it for you.
Unless, of course, you want to hire me to do work for you.

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