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Easy ASP.NET Shopping Cart

, 10 Mar 2003 CPOL
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An easy to implement shopping cart for any database.

Sample Image - shopcart.gif


If you take a look at my code, you will see that it is not well documented, but I will try and remedy that with this article. The shopping cart object that I will demonstrate here was written by me for use in an ecommerce web page, as part of a library.

Shopping Cart

Let's get right into the object. The following section will create our object. We pass the connection string from the web page so that it is common.

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;

namespace Coder2k
    public class Cart
        private string strConnection;
        public Cart(string conn)
            strConnection = conn;

The following is where our web page will get its cart. We'll demonstrate that later. We use stored procedures so that we can use any database that has an OLE interface and supports stored procedures.

        public OleDbDataReader GetCart(string CartID)
            OleDbConnection conCart = new OleDbConnection(strConnection);
            OleDbCommand comCart = new OleDbCommand("qryGetCart", conCart);
            comCart.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
            OleDbParameter parmCartID = new 
              OleDbParameter("@CartID", OleDbType.VarChar, 50);
            parmCartID.Value = CartID;
            OleDbDataReader result = 
            return result;

Now, let's look at the rest of it which is very similar to this. Because of stored procedures, we don't need to know anything about the database in this object, which makes it easier to code.

        public void AddItem(string CartID, int ProdID, int Quantity)
            OleDbConnection conItem = new OleDbConnection(strConnection);
            OleDbCommand comItem = new OleDbCommand("qryAddItem", conItem);
            comItem.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
            OleDbParameter parmCartID = new 
              OleDbParameter("@CartID", OleDbType.VarChar, 50);
            parmCartID.Value = CartID;
            OleDbParameter parmProdID = new 
              OleDbParameter("@ProdID", OleDbType.Integer, 4);
            parmProdID.Value = ProdID;
            OleDbParameter parmQuant = new 
              OleDbParameter("@Quant", OleDbType.Integer, 4);
            parmQuant.Value = Quantity;
        public string GetCartID()
            System.Web.HttpContext context = 
            if (context.Request.Cookies["West_CartID"] != null)
                return context.Request.Cookies["West_CartID"].Value;
                Guid tempGuid = Guid.NewGuid();
                                             = tempGuid.ToString();
                return tempGuid.ToString();

Now, the getCartID function is a strange one. It checks to see if the current user has a cart. If they do, it returns that ID, otherwise, it creates a new cart.

Web Pages

I think that the web pages can pretty much speak for themselves if you know ASP web controls. In a later edition of this article, I will explain more on these files, and maybe add some more functionality to the whole thing.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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I am a developer working with C# and .NET in open source projects.

Comments and Discussions

GeneralDoubt Pinmemberkaranrambo7-Nov-09 12:36 
GeneralRe: Doubt PinmemberCoder2k7-Nov-09 17:15 
GeneralAivea Commerce Server Pinmemberaiveacorporation30-May-09 14:42 
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GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberMember 316244229-Dec-08 9:21 
GeneralUsless waste of time AVOID LIKE THE PLAUGE Pinmembersofwreng1-Jun-07 5:41 
GeneralRe: Usless waste of time AVOID _sofwreng_ LIKE THE PLAUGE Pinmemberrimblock26-Jun-07 4:29 
GeneralNeed Assistance Pinmemberpreetshweety2-Apr-07 1:22 
QuestionOrder Confirmation Pinmemberstixoffire20-Feb-07 1:04 
AnswerRe: Order Confirmation PinmemberCoder2k20-Feb-07 6:20 
GeneralRe: Order Confirmation Pinmemberstixoffire20-Feb-07 9:45 
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GeneralPlease Post Only Complete and Reviewed Project Pinmemberntorrisi7-Feb-06 8:47 
QuestionWhat if cookies are disabled? PinsussAnonymous8-Mar-05 19:23 
AnswerRe: What if cookies are disabled? PinmemberCoder2k9-Mar-05 6:39 
GeneralRe: What if cookies are disabled? PinmemberMike (PhilaNJ)9-Apr-05 5:05 
You could use the session object or query string to preserve the id temporarily and cookies to save the id for return visits. Since sessions use temporary cookies which may be rejected, this isn't perfect either. You could check for the state of the browser, try a permanent cookie, if not accepted, try a temporary, if not accepted, use the query string to preserve the id.

Thanks for the article. I'll look forward to trying your code.

GeneralRe: What if cookies are disabled? PinsussAnonymous23-Oct-05 5:43 
GeneralRe: What if cookies are disabled? PinmemberMember 45956968-Dec-07 5:10 
Generali need help Pinmemberintense010129-Jun-04 20:09 
GeneralRe: i need help PinmemberMatt Redmond20-May-09 11:27 
QuestionWhere is the SQL needed for this sample? PinmemberChris Allen Wright4-Jun-04 3:20 
AnswerRe: Where is the SQL needed for this sample? PinmemberCoder2k21-Jun-04 11:42 
GeneralRe: Where is the SQL needed for this sample? Pinmemberdennym10-Mar-05 15:51 
GeneralRe: Where is the SQL needed for this sample? PinmemberCoder2k11-Mar-05 6:09 
GeneralRe: Where is the SQL needed for this sample? Pinmembersicruise2-Sep-05 5:03 

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