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This is the first article in a three-part series dealing with using PHP 4 and MySQL to make a comprehensive e-commerce storefront solution. This article covers the product catalog database design and creating the catalog administration interface.

  1. Building an E-Commerce Site Part 1: Building a Product Catalog
  2. Assumptions and Requirements
  3. Overview of a Simplified E-Commerce System
  4. Step 1: Creating the Database
  5. Step 2: Creating the Product Catalog
  6. Step 3: Populating the Tables with Data
  7. Step 4: Creating Catalog Maintenance Screens
  8. Step 5: Putting It All Together
By: Ying Zhang
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April 25, 2000

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If you are reading this article, you should the following software installed and working:

  • Apache 1.3.9 or higher
  • MySQL 3.22.20 or higher
  • PHP4 RC1 or higher with MySQL support compiled in

We are using MySQL because it is quick and easy. We are using PHP4 because it provides session management functions. By the time you read this article, the stable version of PHP4 should be just about ready for public use.

This article also assumes that you are familiar and comfortable with programming in PHP, and that you are able to write SQL queries. If you need to install PHP or MySQL, please read the follow the instructions in the article:

Also, you may want to check out:

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