Introduction

Electronic commerce has been an important and viable part of the Internet for well over a decade now. From the behemoths like Amazon.com to the mom-and-pop online stores, e-commerce is performed in a number of ways. Despite the dozen, or hundred, of failures for every single commercial success, e-commerce can still be an excellent business tool when done properly. And yet, surprisingly, there are very few books dedicated to the subject.

Using two concrete examples, plus plenty of theory, this book covers the fundamentals of developing e-commerce Web sites using PHP and MySQL. Emphasizing security, a positive customer experience, and modular, extendable programming, this book presents tons of detailed solutions to today’s real-world ...

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