Ecommerce

Building Scalable Ecommerce Sites On Saleor - Episode 205

Summary

Ecommerce is an industry that has largely faded into the background due to its ubiquity in recent years. Despite that, there are new trends emerging and room for innovation, which is what the team at Mirumee focuses on. To support their efforts, they build and maintain the open source Saleor framework for Django as a way to make the core concerns of online sales easy and painless. In this episode Mirek Mencel and Patryk Zawadzki discuss the projects that they work on, the current state of the ecommerce industry, how Saleor fits with their technical and business strategy, and their predictions for the near future of digital sales.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Mirek Mencel and Patryk Zawadzki about their work at Mirumee, building ecommerce applications in Python, based on their open source framework Saleor

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  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you start by describing the types of projects that you work on at Mirumee and how the company got started?
  • There are a number of libraries and frameworks that you build and maintain. What is your motivation for providing these components freely and how does that play into your overall business strategy?
  • The most substantial project that you maintain is Saleor. Can you describe what it is and the story behind its creation?
    • How does it compare to other ecommerce implementations in the Python space?
    • If someone is agnostic to language and web framework, what would make them choose Saleor over other options that would be available to them?
  • What are some of the most challenging aspects of building a successful ecommerce platform?
    • How do the technical needs of an ecommerce site differ as it grows from small to medium and large scale?
  • Which components of an online store are often overlooked?
  • One of the common features of ecommerce sites that can drive substantial revenue is a well-built recommender system. What are some best practice strategies that you have discovered during your client work?
  • What are some projects that you have seen built with Saleor that were particular interesting, innovative, or unexpected?
  • What are your predictions for the future of the ecommerce industry?
  • What do you have planned for the future of the Saleor framework and the Mirumee business?

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

Summary

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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  • 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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