Throughout this course, you will be working on several aspects of the implementation of an e-commerce Web site for an organization of your choosing, either real or imaginary. The work will focus on actual development work on an e-commerce prototype Web site.
The first step will be to select an organization as the target for your e-commerce implementation plan. This organization will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course and should conform to the following guidelines:
Nontrivial: The selected or invented organization should be substantial enough to allow for the reasonable expectation of e-commerce traffic and interest.
Domain knowledge: Choose a topic for your organization that is familiar enough to allow you to focus on the planning and development tasks without having to spend significant time learning more.
Accessibility: Your organization’s products will need to be visualized in a product catalog, so make sure that you can find images from a search engine that can represent what you plan to sell. You may use existing images; you do not have to make them yourself. For example, if you plan to sell cigars, many images of cigars are available online.
Relevance: Services and advisory type products (e.g., consulting services) may not be appropriate for this assignment. Physical products are recommended. If you are not sure, consult with your instructor and be prepared with alternatives. Motivation is important, but keep the focus on learning and experience.
Appropriateness: Aim your project toward a general audience. Professionalism is required
Note: You are permitted to select a company or organization that already exists. You will not be able to use existing code or layout, but you may use some branding elements (such as a logo) in your project, if you wish.
There is no documentation required for this assignment. However, you should write down your decisions and ideas so that you can refer to them in later units of this course.
Once you have decided on an organization and its products, it is time to create your application service provider (ASP) Web site.
To build the e-commerce project, you will need to download and install the following software:
Visual Studio 2019
Click the above link to open the installation instructions. You will need to install the ASP.NET module for ITSD325, as indicated in the instructions.
Once you have completed installation, watch the video lessons for Unit 1. These are listed in the Learning Activities for Unit 1. These lessons show how to create an ASP project and how to add some simple content to the page.
When you have completed viewing these lessons, create a project with the following parameters:
The project type must be an ASP.NET Web application using .NET Framework (not Core) and the C# programming language.
Use a single Web form named Home.aspx, not an HTML page.
Tip: To view a page in a browser window, right-click on it either in the editing window or in Solution Explorer, and then click “View in browser.”
In your own words, provide a message welcoming visitors to your e-commerce site, explaining briefly what the organization is and describing what products you plan to sell. Invite users to visit the catalog page and make a purchase.
Display at least 1 logo or image that is relevant to the topic of your site. This can be a logo for the organization, an image of a product you plan to sell, or something else that is related in some way. Although not required, you can quickly create your own logo at Design Iconic, Looka, or LogoMakr.
When you have finished creating this project, save it on your hard drive, and create a ZIP out of the folder it resides in.
Unit 1 Project Deliverables
Your deliverable for the Unit 1 Individual Project is a ZIP containing your first ASP project.
Please submit your assignment.
For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.
Student submitted a Visual Studio project of the correct type and language.
Web page welcomes visitors and explains the organization and its products.
Web page displays a logo or image relevant to the content
Installing Visual Studio 2019
For use in courses: ITCO381 & ITSD325
NOTE – this install is for the Windows 10 operating system. It will run in Windows 7 or 8 ONLY if fully
patched and updated to the most current release.
Step 1: Update Windows
Before installing Visual Studio, you need to make sure that your computer is up to date and has all the
latest patches from Microsoft. The location of Windows Update varies in different versions of Windows. In
Windows 10 you can run Windows Update with the following steps:
RIGHT-click on the Windows icon/Start Menu button, which will produce
Click “Settings”, which will take you to this screen (below):
Click “Update and Security”, which will bring up this screen:
The example above shows several updates taking place. Wait for them all to complete. This may require
several restarts, and after each one you should return to this screen and repeat the update process.
When finished, this screen should look like this:
Once it says you are “up to date” (as shown above), then you are ready to install Visual Studio.
Step 2: Download and Install Visual Studio 2019 Community Edition
Go to this Web site:
On the screen you should see this:
Click “Download Visual Studio” and a sub-menu will appear. Click “Community 2019” to begin the
Note: The Community edition is preferred because it incurs no additional cost for students. The Professional
and Enterprise editions are best for large team development and advanced software testing projects.
If you’re browsing with Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, the following message will appear:
Click “Run” to begin the installation.
For users of Chrome or other browsers, download the installation file to your hard drive and run it by
double-clicking on it from the download location.
Next, a User Account Control window will
Click “Yes” to continue.
Next, the following setup screen will
The installation setup will begin:
After the prior process completes, the following screen will appear:
Click “ASP.NET and web development”, which will select that module for installation. Then click “Install”.
Wait for the installation to finish.
Note: At this point Visual Studio may launch on its own and present the screen shown in Step 4 below. You
should ignore it for now and complete Step 3 first so that you can easily run Visual Studio again later.
Step 3: Start Menu Icons
On the final installation screen (shown in previous step), you can click the Launch button to run Visual
Studio. But that screen won’t be available later, so it’s a good idea to make a shortcut on the Start Menu or
the Taskbar to make it easie
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