Top 5 Open Source E-commerce Platform in .Net

Microsoft has worked harder on open source communities and projects in recent years. It turns out more and more open source .Net projects released in different categories, such as Content Management System, Blog, and E-commerce. Today I would like to show you the top 5 Open Source E-commerce system in .Net.

Before get started, E-commerce system not only offers the shopping cart functionality, but also provides tools to marketing and inventory control, integration with 3rd party providers such as payment gateway or logistic providers. Therefore, you don’t usually see Open source e-commerce platform as many as Content Management System where it focus more on “Content” instead of “Sales” and “Transactions”.

In this article, I would like to keep it simple by providing the description of the E-commerce and advantages/disadvantages to you so you can judge yourself which one is the one for you. Keep it in mind, these are the open sources projects which can be downloaded “Free”. Since it’s free to download the source code, you can either DIY or purchase upgrade version or customized theme/plugin to make your customer’s shopping experience better. So let’s get started with the top 5 Open Source E-commerce platform in .NET

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Display datetime based on user’s timezone in Asp.Net MVC

When creating an internet application/website, your users located anywhere in the world, therefore it’s important to let user to choose their own timezone and display the datetime information according to their location.

In this article, I am going to show you how to display all available Timezone information using Asp.Net MVC, and convert the original datetime to selected Timezone datetime.

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New Hosting, New Name

Finally, I had my blog moved to the new hosting. Besides that I gave the new name to my blog. It’s “Tien’s Blog” instead of “Platformular’s blog” which “Platformular “was the name of my Dev house. 

There are a few projects I am working on right now as well as blog articles. Hopfully they will be published soon.

Change to new blog hosting

It is troublesome when you start fighting spam for website, application or even this Blog!

There were a couple hundreds of thousands spam comments I deleted last week. Originally I was going to filter every comment and make sure that the useful comments can be posted. However, there were just too many spam comments to read through so I have to manually write a “delete *” sql commend against the MySQL.. (free up more than 4GB in disk space..LOL)

I am thinking to move my blog to wordpress.com where I can just concentrate more on writing instead of maintaining. If you have any ideas/suggestion about good blog host. email me at tien@platformular.com. I am looking to migrate my blog in 2 weeks

As the same time, I have a number of request about my blog articles and hopefully they are coming out at the same time when my new blog’s ready 🙂

Country Drop Down Html Helper for Asp.net MVC

Almost every website or web application need to display countries in the drop down list. If that’s true to your project, the following country drop down html helper for Asp.net MVC may save some time for you.

First, we need all the countries information so that we can put into the select list. Thanks to Mads, we can use the XML countries list. or you can download the countries XML List.

Second, A html helper is created for populating the country data into actual HTML format. Simply put the xml file in the App_Data or any folder that works the best for your application.

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