[Handel] [ANNOUNCE] Handel 0.18 Now Available

Christopher H. Laco claco at chrislaco.com
Tue Aug 23 03:20:12 CEST 2005

After long hours of toiling, the programming gnomes in my basement are
proud to announce the availability of Handel 0.18. This is the first
release to be considered feature complete with full cart, order, and
checkout support for AxKit, Template-Toolkit in addition to consumption
within perl.

Handel-0.18.tar.gz has been uploaded to CPAN and should be available at 
a mirror nearest you shortly.

      Handel - Simple commerce framework with AxKit/TT2 support

      Handel is a quick and not-so-dirty ecommerce framework with AxKit
      taglib support and TT2 (Template Toolkit) support. It was started
      for the conversion of an IIS/ASP based commerce site to
      Apache/ModPerl, but I decided that is might be useful to others so
      here it is on CPAN.

      For the curious, Handel is German for commerce.

      Join the mailing list at
      http://lists.rawmode.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/handel. Big thanks
      to gabb@#catalyst for the list space.

      Database agnostic. Thanks to Class::DBI and staying away from auto
      incrementing ids, Handel should run in any database that Class::DBI

      Implementation agnostic. Handel should be able to be used from the
      command line, from a web page, from a SOAP service, or from a GUI
      application. It's simply a data access mechanism. Any interaction
      with forms, web pages, browser, cookies, etc is the responsibility
      of the consumer

      Checkout agnostic. A checkout process means different things to
      different people in different situations. The Handel checkout
      pipeline by itself does absolutely nothing with an order. It is
      instead a plugin manager that allows you to specifiy and build
      plugins to do various actions (payment autorization, address
      validation, fax delivery, etc).

      Each site, server, page, even process() call can have it's own
      unique order processing pipeline.

      Easy integration into AxKit using taglibs.

      Easy integration into TT2 using plugins.

      Simple cart and order record maintenance.
      Plugin based checkout pipeline processing framework.

      Intershop, Cart32, WebGUI, CMS, complete web commerce package(1).

      Handel is a simple framework to load/upload cart/order data and
      shove that data through a plugin based pipeline.
      (1) While it is not a complete web based commerce system, I do plan
      on having feature complete working demos sites so people can still
      quick-start their own projects.

      Add/Update/Delete/Save/Restore Cart Contents
      Add/Update/Delete Order Contents
      Plugin based checkout pipeline to process orders
      Full AxKit XSP Taglib Support
      Template Toolkit 2 Plugin Support
      Currency Conversion
      Currency Formatting
      Basic Localization Support
      Multiple Database Support

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