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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual Quickpro Guide, Second Edition by Larry Ullman

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Recording the Orders

After displaying all the products as a catalog, and after the user has filled up their shopping cart, there are three final steps:

  • Checking the user out
  • Recording the order in the database
  • Fulfilling the order

Ironically, the most important part—checking out (i.e., taking the customer’s money)—could not be adequately demonstrated in a book, as it’s so particular to each individual site. So what I’ve done instead is given an overview of that process in the sidebar.

Similarly, the act of fulfilling the order is beyond the scope of the book. For physical products, this means that the order will need to be packaged and shipped. Then the order in the database would be marked as shipped by noting the shipping date. This concept ...

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