Oscar Ecommerce with David Winterbottom and Michael van Tellingen - Episode 104


If you have a product to sell, whether it is a physical good or a subscription service, then you need a way to manage your transactions. The Oscar ecommerce framework for Django is a flexible, extensible, and well built way for you to add that functionality to your website. This week David Winterbottom and Michael van Tellingen talk about how the project got started, how it works under the covers, and how you can start using it today.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing David Winterbottom and Michael van Tellingen about the Oscar framework for building ecommerce applications in Django.


  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • What is Oscar and what problem were you trying to solve when you created it?
  • At face value ecommerce seems like a fairly straightforward problem domain but there is a lot of incidental complexity involved. What are some of the most challenging aspects of building and managing a web store?
  • The documentation states in a number of places that Oscar takes a ‘domain driven’ approach to building ecommerce applications. Can you explain what you mean by that and how it manifests in the project?
  • What does the internal design of Oscar look like and how would someone get started with building a site with it?
  • There can be a benefit to having an opinionated approach when building a framework because it simplifies the implemenation for the user. What is the reasoning for choosing to expose and allow for complexity in Oscar?
  • What are some of the most interesting and unexpected projects that you have seen built with Oscar?
  • How has ecommerce changed in the time since Oscar was first created, and how has that impacted its evolution?
  • What is in store for the future of Oscar?




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