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    Is there a "datafeeds for dummies" book or a website that explains the ins and outs of datafeeds?
    I would really like to know how to utilize these tools...
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    I second that question. Also, what's a really good, REALLY CHEAP way to learn about building and optimizing dynamic database, uh, based sites?
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    Ditto

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    Me too me too!!!

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    Hi Guys

    I sure there are books around that teach basic PHP and MySQL which would be a good starting point for building a data driven site.

    At the same time there are a lot of merchants now who make the data is to work with on their own sites, meaning you can use the data without having to know how to work databases, still a bit manual in updates though

    Akiva : Has an excellent show case module which will allow you to set up a range of pages using data fed into this tool. You can create as many pages as you like, and change them when you like

    DriveWerks : Has a similar tool but it is focused only on DriveWerks, allowing for product and category based pages to be created.

    Mondera : next year will release an OS Commerce version of Mondera for all partners, getting it set up should be a matter of following the instructions and pressing "Import" to create a dynamic site

    I know Linda Buquet has a lot of stuff floating around too but not 100% sure if there are any easy to use tools with it yet

    WebMerge : This software is an an excellent way to create pages on the fly based on data with no programming or DB skills, you will need to know basic HTML and learn the custom tags.

    I'm sure there are more.

    Ah..here we go

    PHP and MySQL for Dummies with CDROM

    Search on Amazon

    Or this link should work

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

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    PS any one wondering what to get me for Christmas.... that book is on my wish list

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chris - WSO:
    Mondera : next year will release an OS Commerce version of Mondera for all partners, getting it set up should be a matter of following the instructions and pressing "Import" to create a dynamic site
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    Lemme know when Mondera rolls out a beta. I will be the first to sign up Chris!

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    Tutoring Available,

    I can maintain 1-2 students that can pay for the program and the 1 on 1 tutoring.



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    LOL Chris
    And thanks for the info!

    Sandra I am not sure how close Boogie Woogie Avenue, Buthead USA is to Grass Valley CA but if it is within 1,000.00 miles or so your on!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Robert484848:
    Sandra I am not sure how close Boogie Woogie Avenue, Buthead USA is to Grass Valley CA but if it is within 1,000.00 miles or so your on!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Robert,

    Lesson #1

    We are on the net, no need to be close to take advantage. That’s why I can teach all the way from Boogie Woogie Avenue, Butthead, USA.

    PM me if you are interested.... It’s not as difficult as people would believe.

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    Ian , open Beta starts after Jan 5th, closed beta is just doing some fixes and then we need to clean up the set up instructions

    If it works out then you can expect to see us roll out versions for lots of our merchants..

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    Thanx Sandra,
    Within 60 days AM will be my full time job.
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    Thanks for the info All

    Robert - Step 9 E-mail Sandra

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    A basic definition of a datafeed would be.... 'data produced by a provider which can be read and displayed by another internet presence'

    REAL data feeds are almost always produced in XML, almost always updated automatically by the provider and, once you've mastered the basics, relatively easy to handle. If the urge overtook you, you could create your own datafeed.

    The problem here seems to be that, as an example, drivewerks 'offering' is far from a data feed. It seems to be a simple way of saving your fingers or even worse, an alternative to using cut and paste!

    Unfortunately, for the moment at least, Sandra is probably correct.

    Get yourself a PHP/MySQL book and get learning. You'll wonder why you never did it before.

    Alternatively, go to phpbuilder.com, devshed.com etc. etc. etc.....

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    Thanks M...

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    CDC,

    There is much at both the sites I've mentioned (and a lot of others too) that will serve as a replacement for a dummies Guide. All it takes is a little effort. Once you get into it you'll wonder how you could have ever done without it.

    If you never try, you'll never know....

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    I have heard good things about this book.
    PHP and MySQL Web Development by by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson

    Another one that looks good is
    PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide by Larry Ullman

    I really like the Visual Quickpro series.

    You may also want to learn ASP. You can then install a Microsoft web server (IIS or PWS) on your PC and create static html pages from a datafeed on your own PC ands then upload them.
    This is what I do.

    As mentioned above the coding to do this is not that difficult. Most data feeds are simply lists of products, each line on the file is one product.

    Here is some basic pseudo code

    Open Datafeed
    For Each Line in File
    Open The Template
    Find/Replace Data Placeholders
    Write the html page
    Next

    One of these days I should write a Macro for Excel or Access to do this.

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    Oh yeah. As Chris said Webmerge is the way to go if you have no interest in programming.
    I think it's only $79.

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