About the Author
Suhreed Sarkar--IT consultant, trainer, and technical writer--studied Marine Engineering, served on board a ship for two years, then switched to the computer world with MCSE in Windows NT 4.0 track late in 2000. His latest field of study is business management and he has earned an MBA from the University of Dhaka. He has a bunch of BrainBench certifications including PHP4, Project Management, RDBMS Concepts, E-Commerce, Web Server Administration, Internet Security, Training Development, Delivery and Evaluation, and Technical Writing.
As a trainer, he has taught courses on web design, development, and e-commerce. He also delivers lectures on MIS and e-business in public and private universities in Bangladesh. Being passionate about learning and teaching new skills, he prefers hacking and teaching to actual coding for clients.
As a consultant and trainer he has experience consulting for some international organizations including the United Nations, where he helped clients building and adopting their enterprise portals, large scale databases, and management information systems. He is the best-selling technical author in Bengali--having a dozen books published on topics covering web development, LAMP, networking, and system administration. As an open-source enthusiast, he is active in different forums and takes every chance to promote open-source CMSs and shopping carts including Joomla, Mambo, Moodle, WordPress, osCommerce, Zen Cart, etc.
While not busy with hacking some apps, blogging on his blog, reading the philosophy of Bertrand Russell or the management thought of Peter F Drucker--he likes to spend some special moments with his family--wife, son, and daughter. Suhreed lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh with his family.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Source for VirtueMart
By Stephen L. Mcconnell
I am a novice at Joomla and am a novice at VirtueMart. However, using this book, I was able to set up a site and get it up and running and teach my computer illiterate brother how to manage his own online shop.
I would give this book a 5 star, but there were a few problems that kept me from it. However, none of these problems were show stoppers.
Chapters I offers a clear and easy to read overview of Joomla and VirtueMart. The chapters offer an overview of extensions to both basic Joomla and VirtueMart that increase the flexibility of the two tools. A discussion of alternatives to VirtueMart and their compatibility with Joomla is touched lightly.
Chapter II has an excellent and quick overview of Joomla installation and configuration. It offered some tips that I had not found in other books. The chapter also covered installation and basic configuration of VirtueMart. The one tip that is missing from this process is that when one uses the Joomla extension manager to install/uninstall VirtueMart, one needs to change either the php.ini file or the .htaccess file to increase the file upload size. The basic VirtueMart component is greater than the default. Also, it would have been nice if the author had covered the "manual" install, since for some reason, my change of the php.ini on my Host site does not accept the changes I made to my php.ini file.
Chapters II, IV and V take one step by step through configuration of VirtueMart. Setting up the store, the product catalog and managing orders and payment processes. Very clear.
Chapter V is a very rough overview of VirtueMart look and feel configuration. I understand that this book can't cover everything, but I feel this is the weakest chapter in the book. One of the sites that the author references for a "free sample template" has now converted to "the template is free, but you have to pay me for the privilege of accessing the free template." and the sample template the author refers to on the VirtueMart site is no longer there. These are not faults of the author, but made the experience of setting up a new template a very frustrating experience.
Chapter VII covers promotions on your site. Very Clear.
Chapter VIII covers localization and internationalization of your site. I have not read it yet and cannot comment on it.
The rest of the book talks about extending VirtueMart's functionality and Maintaining the site and what tools are available to do so. These chapters are clear and were very helpful in understanding what will be required to keep the site secure. Again, these areas are not meant to be a detailed look, but guides the reader to other areas of investigation.
Overall, I think this is an excellent book. The writing style is clear and easy to read. There is not a lot of extraneous verbage so many books use to fill up pages and pages. The one think I would like to see (but it is not necessary) is a check list for the process of setting up a VirtueMart site. If one is developing eCommerce sites for others, one will be doing this over and over again. Maybe in a future edition a Check List could be provided.
Thanks to the author for a very good job.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
More of an over-view than a how to.
By Mayor Bloomburger
Joomla and Virtue Mart is a very good way for developers who are not particular strong with code to develop relatively sophisticated websites without needing a lot of expensive software. While I'm sure that many purchasers are happy with this book, ecommerce development is competitive and (I suspect) many people are not dying to give out the "secret" of Joomla / Virtuemart as a great way to get small businesses selling online - hence the scarce reviews.
Honestly, this book is more of a rough guide to Virtue Mart than a step-by-step instruction manual. In order to be really in-depth like some people might be looking for, I imagine the book would have to be several thousand pages long.
What you WILL get is very well written insights into how the different components of Virtue Mart work, and the book is very helpful for determining and achieving different project goals. I used the book to help me evaluate gateway / merchant modules, and I'll likely look in the book when I configure shipping modules over the next weeks and months.
The fun part of open-source project development is you can resource user-generated help through the Virtue Mart forums and google searches to get over hurdles. However, there is something ultimately more satisfying and useful about a well written book that no PDF file or website can match. Mr. Sarkar's book is an excellent companion reference as you "enter the Matrix" of Joomla / Virtue Mart development, and I commend him on his talent and commitment.
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good place to start
By joel huebner
working on a new joomla VM project, needed a resource to start from, looks to be a good resource for my library