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    Idea or Suggestion 2006 Roadmap comments

    As you all know, there has been a lot of work going on with Zen Cart over the last few years. As such, you may be wondering.... "what's next for Zen Cart".

    The following is a high-level roadmap of the plans and goals, as they exist today.


    v1.4 Series (EDIT: Renumbered to v2.0)
    1.) Introduction of new improved database abstraction layer, including more intelligent and extensible error logging and caching.
    2.) Significant reductions in database queries with:
    a. the conversion of database structures to use MPTT (modified pre-order tree traversal) methods in querying the database, especially for category/subcategory information.

    b. addition of a product-pricing class to optimize access of product and pricing information.
    (These alone have reduced queries from 840 down to about 160 on fresh installs)

    3.) Attribute-Stock/SKU support
    4.) Consolidation of class/function code where duplication exists
    5.) Standardize functionality and appearance of the product-listings pages
    6.) Salutation vs Gender support
    7.) Email templating system for both text-only and html messages
    8.) More default zones/countries/currencies to installer



    v1.5 Series - Checkout Rewrite (EDIT: will be renumbered)
    The major goal of this release is a complete rewrite of the current checkout process and backend order-processing/accounting to make it modular and more flexible, allowing easy change of flow/layouts in order to optimize conversions according to the unique needs of individual businesses.



    v1.6 Series - Admin Rewrite (EDIT: will be renumbered)
    For the Admin back-end, a focus on:
    - easier initial configuration,
    - simpler data-entry,
    - easier order-management,
    - improved reporting capabilities
    - conversion from nested tables to cleaner templates


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    Re: Roadmap May 2006

    For those who read this post before my last edit, you may have noted that there was a title line that said "Proposed Announcement for May 30 release:"

    That wording was in reference to the "announcement", and not to a "release" of software.
    Evidently some have become confused by the wording; hence the cleanup.
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