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Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London

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I've been working, over the past few days, on a web store for a client using Satchmo. I wanted to share some of my findings here so that others don't trip up at the same places.

Firstly, I've committed a fix that has been pulled into the mainline build which puts images from product variations into a JSON array on the product view page. This means, with suitable template modifications, that you can display alternate images based on which variation is selected - a green t-shirt for example.

Secondly, I've been working through the payment plugin, trying to find a suitable module. Things of which you need to be aware:

  • Using the sagepay module requires you to have the relevant certification for safe storage of credit card details. It is using the "direct" API mode.
  • Using the authorize.net module has a similar requirement, as it is using the "AIM" API mode.
  • Using the Google Checkout module requires you to have an SSL certificate for your domain as it uses method 3 of the notification callback modes -- html. There seem to be several bugs in this module to do with clearing the cart when the user returns. I hope to have a fix committed for this shortly and it will be available at my bitbucket. You'll also need to enable "WSGIPassAuthorization On" in your vhost config file.

Anyway, I hope that saves someone some effort and will update on my progress.

On a final note: I wrote this entire blog post on my new Samsung Galaxy S2 using the SwiftKey keyboard and I'm pretty sure it was no slower than typing it on my PC.

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