on , last updated on
My first look at Sellvana – the new ecommerce open source platform
Sellvana is promised to be new star in the ecommerce sky. Yesterday I had the chance to access the BitBucket repository within the closed beta access and take a more detailed look into the current status of the codebase.
Here is some (unsorted) feedback:
- Sellvana is a really interesting piece of software that makes you wish for more
- Installation is more than easy and fast (especially in contrast to e.g. OroCRM)
- Cool features like responsive design, nice admin dashboard, ..
- Smooth learning curve
- The former connection to Magento can evidently be seen in functions like „onCategoryAfterSave“
- Nice to see some Behat tests next to the regular unit tests 🙂
- The repository is actively used and not only synced from elsewhere
- I hadn’t had a closer into look into the Fulleron framework (which Sellvana is based upon) up until now but it looks very clear and understandable and it is based on the BuckyBall library
- Clear module separation with all necessary files within the same module folder (views, assets, tests, models, i18n, lib, ..)
- Configuration is mostly done in easy YAML format
- Sometimes variable/method naming conventions are a bit uncommon (like i(), BPHPTAL, action_run2() ..)
- Docblocks for documentation could be used more intensively
- I’m wondering why there is no separate docroot folder as otherwise files are more likely to be exposed on the web by accident
- No use of CSS preprocessor
- In my opinion it would be nice to see some newer PHP language constructs like namespaces / traits (for Sellvana system requirements see http://sellvana.com/community/6/installation-walkthrough)
- .. a lot more to come ..
I know that the application is in a very early state so please understand this as a simple sum up and the points can change quickly.