OsCommerce – SMTP with authentication

OsCommerce – SMTP with authentication

Oscommerce SMTP Authentication with email format, this was the request from one of our clients. Yesterday, I were working on a project with older version of OsCommerce ( I know it is not great solution, but client is already using it for long time and don’t want to change)

The current installation had ‘sendmail’ configured that never worked as it was disabled at server level, oops πŸ™

Instead of directly implementing anything, I found this add-on:Β  “smtp through the authentication smtp server

After installation, I was happy that it worked and I was able to set the smtp details but then starts the pain. All emails were being sent through SMTP, Great, but without formatting. Ok, I thought it could be email format issue. Set it to ‘text’ format, still same. Ok, set it as HTML, still same.

Now, it was time to look into the issue. After sometime of digging, I found an issue in email.php (includes/classes)

I commented few lines and added few in function send:


WOW, this fixed the problem of emails sent from store front, so same implementation was done in email.php in admin/includes/classes folder.

So Why, I am posting this simple fix; For the benefit of others. I tried to find some place at add-on download page but no place for comment or raise issue hence added it here.

The idea is simple, pay back to community whenever possible. My 2cents of contribution

Code as text:
$message->setBody($body, 'text/html', CHARSET);
$message->setBody($this->text, 'text/plain', CHARSET);
$message->setBody($this->html_text, 'text/html', CHARSET);
} */
if(EMAIL_USE_HTML && $body){
$message->setBody($body, 'text/html', CHARSET);
}elseif( !EMAIL_USE_HTML && $body){
$message->setBody($body, 'text/plain', CHARSET);
$message->setBody($this->html_text, 'text/html', CHARSET);

Automatically Compiling SASS in Eclipse

Automatically Compiling SASS in Eclipse

We have been working SASS for some time and used to compile it using ‘watch’ option. It is not an ideal solution to run a daemon to monitor your sass/scss files. As we are working on Eclipse, why not leverage it to automate without use of the watch πŸ™‚

Please read requirements section below to execute the process succesfully.

Builders in Eclipse

Eclipse has an option called Builders. Right Click on your Project -> Properties



Builder provides mechanism to allow compiling the code whenever required. Now in our case it is SASS and no builder is available for it.

How to solve this?

Simple!! Add a builder for your project.

Right Click Project -> Properties -> Builder -> Click ‘New’


Add External Program and set the settings similar to this (bear in mind this is for Linux, as I use Linux for development)


Basically it is the command used to compile the SCSS/SASS file to CSS.

sass application/scss/app.scss:css/app.css

Set it to build with other files at various build options from the “Build Options” tab in Builder Configurations popup


That’s It. You are ready to use auto compiling SASS in Eclipse environment without watch.


What will happen if there is an error?

Error will flash in the console like in the screenshot below




New Vision: On Job Training

Few days back, I met a guy who was searching for a job. He was well educated for the job but was lacking on the grounds of functional & practical knowledge of the area. As that was not our core area of business (infrastructure) so it was more on general thoughts about the business and I was not able to help him on this.

When I reached back office and looked at my team then I realized that these guys and me too are lucky enough to get an opportunity to learn and grow. There are lot many in this world that are losing just due to lack of guidance to learning, executing and learning more to become successful in their lives.

So, I came up with this idea of “On Job Training” where in trainee would be attending small sessions for few days (not more than a week) and will also start contributing to some project to get practical exposure. Further, upon completion of classroom training Β sessions, participant can work with a developer and learn more about work.

After few months of training participant can join us on Salary or look-out for job elsewhere.

Our motive achieved. End of the day; satisfied mind. πŸ™‚

What you think? Did like the idea? Would you like to be part of this ?

Reach us here or call us at the phone number on Contact Us.