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A problem with a mock shopping cart

A problem with a mock shopping cart

A problem with a mock shopping cart


So a friend has helped me in setting up a simple shopping cart using an Access database accessed through Windows ODBC. The product.pl page when loaded does not display any of the products on the page. The code must not be going into the if loop where the table with the products in is created, but I just can't figure out why... If anyone has any suggestions what could be causing the problem I would be really grateful.

There are no errors in the error.log.

This is product.pl:


use CGI qw(param);
use Win32::ODBC;
## program -- demo
# create a new CGI query object
$query = new CGI;
# create a new datasource object
$datasource = new Win32::ODBC("Toyshop")
or die Win32::ODBC::Error();
sub LoadParameters
    #load parameter
    my($id) = param("id");
    return $id;
sub RequestProduct
    my($id) = @_;
    my($quantity) = 1;
    my($description) = 'Description';
    my($price) = 0.00;
    # check for a valid parameter
    if($id >= 1 && $id <= 9999)
        # checks if the Sql sent to the datasource returns anything
        $selectProduct = 'SELECT * FROM Product WHERE ID = ' . $id;
            # if the Sql returns nothing then an error will be printed
            print "SQL Error: " . $datasource->Error() . "\n";
            # the datasource connection is closed
            # exit
            # while there is still a row to fetch from the datasource
                # put data from the datasource in a hash
                my(%data) = $datasource->DataHash();
                # print the results of the datasource
                print    "<table>",
                $id = $data{'ID'};
                $description = $data{'Description'};
                $price = $data{'Price'};
                print    $query->br;
            # the datasource connection is closed
    return $id, $quantity, $description, $price;
sub StartHTML
    #$cart = $query->cookie(-name=>'CART',-value=>($cart));
    # print an HTML header
    print    $query->header,
    # start the HTML
sub PrintForm
    my($id, $quantity, $description, $price) = @_;
    my($method) = 'POST';
    my($actionBuy) = 'cart.pl';
    print    $query->startform($method,$actionBuy),
        $query->submit(-value=>'Add to Cart'),
sub EndHTML
    print $query->end_html;
sub Main

The HTML that comes back is here:


<!DOCTYPE html
    PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<h3>Product</h3><form method="post" action="cart.pl" enctype="application/x-www-form-urlencoded">
<input type="hidden" name="ID" value=""  /><input type="hidden" name="Quantity" value="1"  /><input type="hidden" name="Description" value="Description"  /><input type="hidden" name="Price" value="0"  /><input type="submit" name=".submit" value="Add to Cart" /></form><br />

RE: A problem with a mock shopping cart

It's not going into the loop because $id doesn't have a value.

Either you're not sending it one, or LoadParameters() isn't picking up the id that you are sending. I note that, when you write your form, your id field is called "ID", but when you retrieve it you're looking for a parameter called "id". I can't tell what name you're using to test it - but they need to be all the same including upper/lower case choices. Try changing to:


sub LoadParameters
    #load parameter
    my($id) = $query->param("ID");
    return $id;

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