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10,000 Products with ExtBase and Fluid. A Real World Example.

Ron Hall and Jeff Segars
Author Description:
Ron Hall is the founder and president of Busy Noggin, Inc., a web development company in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ron has been involved in various aspects of communications for 30 years and has served as photographer, writer, graphic designer and web developer. Today he concentrates on building sites in TYPO3 with stengths in front-end coding, TypoScript and TemplaVoila templating.
This presentation looks at a live site containing a robust product search application. The presentation focuses on the role of ExtBase and Fluid in developing the project. The site is for a major distributor of wallcoverings in the U.S. and is one of the largest real-world uses of ExtBase and Fluid to date.

The site serves as a tool for architects and interior designers in finding and specifying wall coverings. It sports sophisticated features which include:

1) Over 10,000s product that are managed by the company's internal ERP system and synchronized each night withTYPO3.

2) Images are also automatically connected with their respective products during each night's product import

3) A robust custom product search with weighting of the results.

40 Extensive use of GIFBUILDER for automatic scaling of product images in various contexts

5) Data-driven photo galleries

6) Products are filtered and only presented to the user if they are available in the user's region. In others words, users get different results on the same search depending on their location.

7) Users can organize selections into projects, email samples to others and request physical samples of products.

The presentation will cover the advantages gained by using ExtBase and Fluid over the traditional method of TYPO3 extension building.
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