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What more can be said
Athena Raven
Amazon.com

"This was an absolutely delightful book! I am a complete novice to osCommerce and almost didn't purchase the book as it was not marked as a "beginners" book. What a mistake that would have been. With this book my site went from ho-hum to professional and functional and fantastic (IMHO). I was so impressed that I sent the author this message: "I love the cookbook style layout. Showing you what you will be doing, telling you what ingredients (pages) you will need and then taking you into detailed steps as to what needs to be done. There is no pretension in The Cook Book. The humor is great too. It really brings it to the comprehension level of the novice and still serves as a guide for those who are already "in the know". If you decide to write another Cook Book style book, please shout it from the roof tops so I can hear it all the way here in Costa Rica. I can't wait to see more of your wit, know-how, and style." Expert or novice, everyone will find simple and detailed recipes to improve your site. As mentioned in one of the other reviews, a zip file with all the recipes is available for those of us with fingers that live in fear of code. Good Luck! Athena "


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Best resource for customising osCommerce
E. M. Robson "Steady Ed"
Amazon.co.uk

"While you can get excellent help from forums and sites there's nothing better, for me, than a good book to help solve a problem. This is one such book. The other Packt books are great but this is the one for helping you customise your site beyond changing the Admin settings. Even if there isn't a recipe that does exactly what you want the code will help point you in the right direction. Excellent "


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Simply a must
Philippe Veyt - CEO Online Retail group
LinkedIn.com

"If you're really serious about implementing an osCommerce based webshop, then Monika's book "Deep Inside OsCommerce: The Cookbook" is simply a must! "


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Great book - it does what it says
Jay Zaltzman
Amazon.com

"This is indeed a cookbook. Monika takes you step-by-step through 69 different "recipes" to make helfpul tweaks to an osCommerce installation. And along the way, you learn how to make other modifications you might need.

It's well-written and can even help those with just a little php knowledge. "



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The Most Enjoyable Book !!!
B. A. Ereira "Movie Madhead"
Amazon.co.uk

"It took me ages to come to grips with oscommerce, and while i was happy with contributions found on the oscommerce web site, I was still looking for the wow factor for my site.

I was recommended this book by a friend, at first glance not only was i hungrey for the book but i also got the urge to bake some cakes!!!!

I wont go into a mass depth about what the book has inside, all i will say is if you have an oscommerce store, then you NEED THIS BOOK!!!

IT IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC"



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osCommerce shopping carts on steroids: A must-have reference book for osCommerce shopping cart developers
Ana Sanchez
Amazon.com

"An excellence source of information for anyone working in the open source osCommerce software. The book includes 69 different code solutions very cleverly developed and written by osCommerce expert Monika Mathe.

Although the book is targeted at intermediate users already familiar with osCommerce, I found that most chapters (or recipes as they are appropriately referred to in the book) were easy to implement as long as you have a working installation of osCommerce in place and have some basic understanding of php and html.

Free download and installation instructions of osCommerce can be found at www.oscommerce.com, however this book will allow you to apply several key enhancements and additional functionality to your basic installation. You will find a range of useful applications; from simple code snippets to customize the design of your shopping cart to much more sophisticated functionality to tweak shipping, payment and other modules. Check out a full chapter summary above in this page.

For those not familiar yet with osCommerce, Monika makes each recipe easy to implement and understand. She always offers a "plain English" practical description of the application before delving into the insights of the code. Additionally, screenshots of the final result are offered as well as a list of new files to be created and files that will need to be modified (useful for preliminary backups).

I strongly recommend you buy this book, you will be glad you did as soon as you see your shopping cart projects take on additional life with these recipes. "



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A Very Tasty Treat!
Paul Franklin
Amazon.co.uk

"Being a mere novice at both PHP, MySQL and OSC, I was immediately drawn to this book as it provides a fantastic opportunity to improve my own skills and also improve my knowledge, so that I can customise some of the many contributions and modifications available from the OSC Community.

My wife kept me waiting until Christmas day but it was well worth the wait!!

An excellently written book, novelly themed as a cook book. This is actually very appropriate!

The book flows exceptionally well through the numerous (sixty nine)modifications. Each is explained in simple terms, that even I can follow and there is definitely plenty in here for everyone.

I would whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone who uses OSC, whether a novice or more experienced user. My favorite sections? Probably the graphical changes to make the sites look more unique plus improvements and additions to the Product Info pages - Excellent!!

I sincerely hope that there will be another installment soon. "



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Excellent book filling a a real need
C. Trent
Amazon.co.uk

"Buying this book, "Deep Inside osCommerce", has been an excellent decision for me - I am currently creating an online shop for a UK charity, and am getting involved in customising osCommerce to quite a degree, both in terms of functionality and also look and feel.

I was particularly pleased to find chapter 43 - I do not know of any other published source for a method of adding donations. It was very helpful! "



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A book full of ideas for established shops
Mr. M. Clayton
Amazon.co.uk

"I have been running my own oscommerce store now for a couple of years and day after day I found myself thinking 'It would be great if I could do this' and 'I wish I knew how to do that'. When I found 'Deep Inside osCommerce' by Monika Mathé I was like a child in a sweet shop!

My wife thought that I was mad when I said that she had to drive home, I had to start reading it.

As soon as I got home I emailed the publisher for copies of the source code (to save my little fingers all that typing). The first recipe that really jumped out at me was in Chapter 2 'Create Separate Boxes for Each Top Category', I had toyed with solutions for this in the past with little success. This recipe was perfect for the job and was up an running in 10 minutes. I was amazed at how such a simple solution could provide great results.

Now I must say I am not the type of person who reads a book from cover to cover and then starts experimenting, I just get in and get my hands dirty!

One of the biggest questions I always get from my customers is 'How do I remove products from my shopping cart?' and I have to explain that you need to check the tick box and then click the update button, not anymore. Monika's recipe for a one click solution has saved me many man hours of replying to emails.

I always had a grumble whenever I had to change any of my stores' configuration values, all those options are not helped by the oscommerce default sort order and also the links were never highlighted (which you think they would be). In this book there is a recipe for highlighting and seperating the links into a more eye friendly display, grouping them by logic or even alphabetically.

As part of our future expansion plans we intend to start importing directly from China, Monika's recipe for adding an additional currency when entering a new product was just what we are looking for and this is already now a feature of our shop which will be put to very good use.

To summarise, this book is well worth the money, it will save you quite a few pounds in developer fees. It is neat, tidy and easy to follow and further more very very tasty!"



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It answers the question "What do I do now?"
Ms. R. Anthony "Vger"
Amazon.co.uk

"As the person who answers more questions than any other on the osCommerce Community Support Forums one question which comes up a great deal I can recite word for word "OK - I've installed osCommerce, so now what?". This is usually followed by a list of other questions, which follow the format of "How do I do this, remove this, add this, or change this. Well this book fills that gap.

This book provides ready-made solutions to people who have installed osCommerce and now wish to change the way their prototype website looks and feels.

It's not for people who have yet to install osCommerce, nor is it for people who want to totally break the mould of the typical osCommerce 'look' with some advanced programming - but for all those others caught somewhere in between it's ideal.

Rhea (Vger on the osCommerce Forums) "



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A Useful Resource for osCommerce Store Developers
Ruth Maude "dandelionwebdesign.com"
Amazon.ca

"Deep Inside osCommerce is the latest osCommerce reference book from Packt Publishing. Written in a cookbook style, this book is filled with easy-to-understand recipes for improving your osCommerce site. If you are looking to take your osCommerce installation to the next level, you should definitely pick up a copy.

You won't just sit and read Deep Inside osCommerce from cover to cover. By the time I had finished chapter one I was already modifying my latest osCommerce project. As with any good cookbook, you will open it up to a recipe and work carefully through all the steps to completion. Each recipe is well laid out in an easy-to-follow style including screenshots clearly showing how the code change will affect an osCommerce default shop. The "Chef's suggestions" at the end of each recipe provide increased clarity and add greater depth.

If you know Monika Mathé by reputation from the osCommerce forum, you know she is a well-respected expert in the community and that her code is well thought out and effective. By publishing Deep Inside osCommerce Monika has given osCommerce store developers a useful resource. I give this book a full 5 stars, highly recommended for all osCommerce users. "



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A Book That Lives Up To Its Promise
R. L. Reade "ComicWisdom"
Amazon.com

"This is one of those books that does exactly what it tells you it's going to do. There are a few others out there, but not many. Add this to your short list.

I've read in a few places that this is not a beginner's book. That really depends on your definition of "beginner." If you've managed to get osCommerce up and running, and if you've managed to install even just one or two of the contributions from the osCommerce support site, this book is for you. This is much closer to a beginner's book than to an expert's book, though I'm sure there isn't an expert out there who couldn't use at least some of the presentations.

At first glance, the chapter titles seem to be a little too "cute." But they grow on you. And you get to appreciate them. Besides which, a little light-heartedness mixed in with your work is a good thing. In what might be Monika's terms, I'd say it makes for a good recipe. I think of those titles as a sign that she enjoys what she's doing. And it's obvious she does. And when you enjoy what you're doing, you do it best. And she has.

The format of the book works well. At the beginning of each section, she presents specifically what that sections coding will accomplish. She then gives you the list of all the files you'll need to be working with. (This is a good time to back those up.) After, she explains in clear, concise and simple terms the step-by-step process to accomplish the goal.

Again, if you've installed a single contribution, you'll recognize the format and be immediately comfortable with it. While most of the instructions that go with the contributions on the osCommerce support site are well done (no pun intended), these are all very well done. I couldn't find a bit of confusion anywhere.

A great feature of the book was the insertion of screen shots to give a graphic display of the expected results. And her decision to use the default display was excellent. Everyone who has used osCommerce knows what that looks like and can immediately see what's changed.

In essence, what Monika has done in a very easy to understand manner is provide numerous recipes to make your eshop a little sleeker and more appealing, and your customers stay more pleasant. That, of course, should mean money in your pocket.

If you're planning to go into ecommerce and osCommerce is your choice (which I highly recommend), buy this book now. Even if you've never seen a bit of code in your life. By the time you get your first installation up and running (an incredibly easy chore), and you figure out how to get rid of "What's new here," "Lets see what we have here...," and "This is the default osCommerce setup...," you'll be ready for this book.

Just don't be tempted by the goodies in this book to ignore the contributions on the support site. They'll do a lot of good things for you that aren't covered and are not meant to be covered in this book. My one disappointment is that although Monika taught me how to put the billing address phone number in the confirmation email, she never taught me how to put the shipping address phone number in the confirmation email.

I'm going to repeat myself here for emphasis. If you're thinking of going into ecommerce and osCommerce is your choice, buy this book; you'll be glad you did.

And if you do that, I'll see you in the forums.

Look for me.

PS: After you buy the book, it's possible to get a download of the code to save yourself some typing. A great idea! "



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