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Did you know that there are hundreds of options for open-source shopping carts and online catalogs? I didn’t. It almost seems like there are too many options.
Since we are talking open source, there is little competition or cooperation across programming languages. You can also build your shopping cart on top of various CMS. This yields a lot of variety, and since nobody wants to learn a new language or framework to work on a project without revenue, there is no incentive to consolidate.
I am one of the rare programmers that knows a little bit of a lot of languages, but has not committed to one yet. I want to help out with a great project and make it better, and at this point all options are open. The ideal project would have a wide, but solid foundation, designed with growth in mind.
So now I am calling out into open space to ask anyone that knows a shopping cart, online catalog, e-commerce, etc. project well to contact me and pitch why I should join the project. If you are building or using open source software in this category that you can honestly say is best of class, please let me know.
Here is what I have found so far. You will notice several of these work with WordPress. I started here because WordPress is the definition of a great open-source project, but I am open.
I have also found a few blogs etc. discussing choice of shopping carts.