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Company The OSC cart didn't work out. Too bloated, disorganized, and impossible to theme efficiently.
The Zen cart didn't work out either. It was neater, more organized, and easy to template but impossible to upgrade without losing everything.

So where does that leave the future of this site and your ability to purchase themes and graphic work? Easy. I'm building my own native DragonflyCMS storefront from scratch.
Development for this will be a long and arduous task. I think Zen is on the right track but it's still too bloated full of the OSC mentality to do itself any real good down the road. They should have just started from scratch and definitely new file organization.

So until NexOS is released TCD will not be taking on anymore clients or projects for current clients. The storefront will be offline for a while obviously. You can view development of the new storefront in real time if you wish by visiting the navigational link in the development category. TCD will not be offering any e-commerce solutions either as both are too hard to work with. As a developer I don't ask for much. Just use logic and common sense to dictate how a project should flow. Use good organizational file structure, templating, and some type of plugin system for feature addons. Most of the projects I'm seeing lately are among the same lines. Their common downfall is simply poor file structure. Initial structure and organization dictates mentality and the thinking process. If the framework is bad so is everything else.

I'm happy to say that Nexos is the most promising new open-source project that I've seen in years. The structure and organization of the entire project is on a business level. It has the talent, documentation, features and support needed for exponential growth. This article is about the future of TCD e-commerce though and in keeping with that I will say that there will be many unique features to Nexos including my current development of the storefront. It will be a commercial module (for purchase only) and will be available in native Nexos format as well as Dragonfly.

So in order to give Nexos the best first impression I'm going be a recluse for the next couple of months working strictly on DF modules with the goal of porting directly to Nexos. The first of which will be the storefront. Support for all TCD open-source and commercial addons will continue here. There will be no change in the availability of support through forums. Simply put; TCD will not be contributing anymore themes or modules for the Dragonfly community so as to better contribute to the upcoming Nexos project.

Posted by Devon on Thursday, November 09, 2006 (06:40:02) (1530 reads)

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