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Magento-Based Asynchronous Execution

Note: This article was originally published at Zend Developer Zone on 13 May 2010.
Zend Developer Zone
Working with an off-the-shelf shopping cart usually requires a little bit of patience. Scaling an e-commerce site does have its share of problems. There is a LOT of interactivity that needs to be implemented. This can be things along the lines of generating targeted ads, sending email or charging a credit card. To charge a credit card, the ecommerce software will usually take the credit card information from the end user, put it into some form of web service request and the request is submitted to a remote system. While that web service request is taking place the process handling PHP is unable to take additional require requests to serve regular pages.