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Thread began 6/27/2011 5:26 pm by admin394099 | Last modified 6/29/2011 4:20 pm by Jason Byrnes | 1058 views | 5 replies |

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ColdFusion Database

Is there a preformatted ECommerce Database that will work with Coldfusion Server. If not, where are the specific instructions for setting up a database for use with ColdFusion?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

the database starter kit has an MS Access database that can be used with cold fusion;
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admin394099

Ok, I notice this database is vastly different than the one provided for PHP. Where can I get instructions on how to properly format the data, for instance I see no field which can be used for Product Options such as color, size etc. How is that I can set up Product Options? Also, how do I set up Quantity discounts for certian products. Overall my biggest question is where is the documentation that tells me exactly what data to put in the database & how Ecart deals with it.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Cold Fusion has not been a supported platform for quite some time now.

if you wanted to recreate the PHP eCommerce database, there is a diagram that shows how the database is put together that you can use as a referance when creating a new MS Access Database, see the following page:
ecommerce-database/

and click the diagram image to open a larger version.


at the end of the day, eCart is a tool that works with the database you provide, we have many examples of how the database _can_ be configured, but the best database design depends on what you want to accomplish.


after creating the database and populating the data, you create Recordsets in Dreamweaver to return the data that eCart will use.


how to format your database for product options depends entirely on how the product options will function in your site. there are many different ways product options can be accomplished.

the PHP eCommerce database uses three tables for product options:
optiongroups - creates a record to define each options group: i.e. Color, Size

options - creates a record to define each option and relate it to the options group using the optionGropupID column to relate to the optiongroups.GroupID column

productoptions - linking table used to create a many to many relationship between the options and products


quantity discounts also depends greatly on how you want to accomplish this, does each item have a different quantity breaks?

there are no tutorials for these things because there are simply to many different variables to cover.

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admin394099

Yes each item has different quantity breaks. Each product may also have many colors & sizes from 2'x3' all the way to 6'x60', with different border options, so these products have fairly complex requirments. When purchasing I was told that Ecart could handle that, Is that unrealistic?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Yes, eCart can handle items with your complex requirements.

but if you are using eCart 5, you will not be able to do this using Cold Fusion, eCart 5 support PHP only.


what is unrealistic is to expect detailed documentation for the database structure needed for your specific requirements. A hammer does not come with blue prints needed to build a house.


for the colors, sizes and border requirements, the optiongroups, options and productoptions table structure of the eCommerce database will work.


for the quantity discounts, you will need to add a column for low and another for the high of each quantity break point.


there are many threads in the forum that talk about implementing quantity discounts, perhaps this one will help:
showthread.php?t=231

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