Blog entries posted during November 2007

Cool product: Kapow Mashup Server

by: Allan Thræn

The last couple of days I've been (among a gazillion other things) playing around with KapowTech 's Mashup Server products. Kapow's product suite consist of several programs that enables you to create your own robots for traversing the webpages an... [ Read full article ]

30 November 2007  1 Comments


Lessons learned: Module Conversion

by: Mari Jørgensen

Last week I spendt a lot of hours converting one of the EPiCode modules (the MultiPageProperty ) to EPiServer CMS 5. Here are some of the lessons I learned.  References First step is replacing EPiServer  references. Note that we will need 3... [ Read full article ]

30 November 2007  1 Comments


EPiServer and performance

by: Peter Hultgren (Sogeti)

I’m currently working on a large (1000+ subsites) EPiServer project and we had some really nasty issues with performance due to a design flaw. Let me just put it like this: If you’re ever thinking about using many dynamic properties on a large sit... [ Read full article ]

30 November 2007  1 Comments


Content Channel

by: Johan Björnfot

We have devloped a Sharepoint Connector to EPiServer CMS 5. Part of this project was to design a connection point in EPiServer which the SharePoint connector could use to communicate with EPiServer. This lead us in to the design of Content Channel... [ Read full article ]

30 November 2007  1 Comments


"Impersonating users"

by: Johan Olofsson

I sometimes need to run code, especially EPiServer page retrieving/submitting, within a specific user's context, preferrably without having to log them in (and thus having to know and store their password) One approach to this might look something... [ Read full article ]

29 November 2007  2 Comments


PageTreeLoader / PageTreeReader is gone

by: Johan Olofsson

If you (like me) have been using the nifty functions PageTreeLoader / PageTreeReader to load complete hierarchies of pages in EPiServer 4.x, you'll notice that these functions are now gone in EPiServer CMS5 and that EPiServer.Legacy4 suggests that... [ Read full article ]

29 November 2007  1 Comments


X3 at The Oscars

by: Martin Stenke ( DropIT )

Around 200 EpiServer users gathered at The Oscars Theatre in Stockholm to listen to various lecturers, talking about solutions and trends in and around EPiServer websites. As you might have guessed I was one of them. Had some troubles with the... [ Read full article ]

28 November 2007  0 Comments


Profile Data in EPiServer

by: Fredrik Haglund ( Inexor )

To store settings for the current user, use the built-in Profile support in ASP.NET. EPiServer is using this for its own need to store information on a per user basis. (The built-in values EPiServer needs are accessible through the class... [ Read full article ]

28 November 2007  0 Comments


TFS Connection String Parser

by: Per Bjurström

When you are builing applications that integrates with Team Foundation Server you need to store information on how to connect to the server in you application configuration. The quick and dirty approach would be to store multiple key/value pairs i... [ Read full article ]

28 November 2007  1 Comments


File Selection Drop Down List

by: Allan Thræn

I just got a request for a code-sample on how to display a list of files from the unified file system in a drop-down list in EPiServer CMS 5, so I composed a small example (thanks for your kind help, Ruwen!). First I define the drop-down-list - th... [ Read full article ]

27 November 2007  0 Comments


Generation of designer file failed

by: Fredrik Haglund ( Inexor )

The error message “Generation of designer file failed: Unknown server tag ‘EPiServer:Property’” in Visual Studio can really drive me mad. Today it happened again. I noticed that I could not recompile my application because the new textbox I added ... [ Read full article ]

27 November 2007  0 Comments


Playing around with LINQ and EPiServer CMS 5

by: Allan Thræn

I finally found a moment to begin playing around with EPiServer CMS 5 in conjunction with LINQ and the cool features of C# 3.0. Ever since I first saw Anders Hejlsberg present  his thoughts on LINQ several years ago, I've been dying to get my hand... [ Read full article ]

26 November 2007  2 Comments


Service Packs for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0

by: Per Bjurström

Found this on Guy Barrette's Blog , I guess it was obvious that they would release the service packs separately but they haven't been talking about it. I mean, SP1 for .NET Framework 2.0 contains two new web controls so it's little more than just ... [ Read full article ]

26 November 2007  0 Comments


Squace - new mobile publishing platform

by: Rikard Ljungman

Squace is a new platform/application to publish on a mobile Java-device. With Squace you can, and I quote: - "surf, search and share as easily on the mobile Internet as on the fixed. All without typing". Yes, the product is really easy to handle... [ Read full article ]

23 November 2007  1 Comments


XSLT in EPiServer CMS 5

by: Allan Thræn

Personally I'm not a big fan of neither XSLT nor XML. In fact, my feelings around XML is expressed in this quote I heard recently: "XML is like children. They start out cute and small, then they grow..." (I don't remember who said it - if it was... [ Read full article ]

23 November 2007  4 Comments


Labs running ASP.NET 3.5

by: Per Bjurström

I installed the .NET Framework 3.5 runtime on the research server today, who better to do some dogfooding than the labs site. I got clearance from Ruwen with the short message "Bara server fungerar efter" (which translates to "As long as the serve... [ Read full article ]

22 November 2007  0 Comments


Startour succeeds with "Warm Website"

by: Michael Kølle

Finally the first large customer in Denmark embraces "Warm Website" and achieves double amount of orders through their web-site www.startour.dk Today in the printed magazine "Markedsføring", journalist Susanne Ingemann writes about how Startour... [ Read full article ]

20 November 2007  1 Comments


EPiServer CMS 5 in Visual Studio 2008

by: Per Bjurström

We have been looking at VS2008 Beta 2 for some time now and finally we got the RTM in our hands. So, we have initiated the upgrade of our EPiServer CMS 5 code base to Visual Studio 2008/.NET 3.5 and it is looking very good, everything compiles and... [ Read full article ]

20 November 2007  2 Comments


45 hps or 200 hps with Http Cache - on a laptop

by: Roger Wirz

I was preparing myself for a customer meeting, focusing on performance in EPiServer CMS 5. I got some interesting figures out of the test that could be of interest. Without the HTML Cache, the site was able to deliver 40-50 hps (hits per second),... [ Read full article ]

20 November 2007  0 Comments


X3 in The Hague

by: Martin Stenke ( DropIT )

Some of us in the product team just spent three days in The Netherlands. It´s quite fun to see the word of Extension X3 spreading through Europe. This time we met with both a potential customer and one of the EPiServer partners. Hopefully we... [ Read full article ]

19 November 2007  0 Comments


Show Published Pages (Versions) in a Specific Time Span

by: Allan Thræn

Since I'm still trying to learn my way around EPiServer I grab whatever chance I get of coding something a bit out of the ordinary, and today was no different. At a Developer Course I was attending, the need came up for a page that would list all... [ Read full article ]

16 November 2007  1 Comments


Two exiting days in Oslo

by: Roger Wirz

I have spent two existing days in Oslo, Norway. On the first day I attended the much appreciated Techforum at Chateau Neuf .  EPiServer CMS 5 was described from several angels; new features, migration from version 4 and performance issues. On the... [ Read full article ]

15 November 2007  0 Comments


Windows Live Writer says - get rid of IE7... for a while

by: Adam Najmanowicz (Cognifide)

Should you be getting this weird kind of message on while trying to discover settings on this blog: Unexpected Error Occurred An unexpected error occurred while attempting to detect weblog settings: Unable to cast COM object of type ‘mshtml.HTMLMe... [ Read full article ]

15 November 2007  0 Comments


EPiServer property getter cleaner-upper

by: Adam Najmanowicz (Cognifide)

Just a daily time saver, for reuse at another time. Any old time windows developer, will remember the fun of using the ini files with GetPrivateProfileString . As much as ini files sucked there is one nice aspect of that call - you can setup a... [ Read full article ]

14 November 2007  0 Comments


Encrypt your connection strings for multiple machines

by: Per Bjurström

Scenario You have one or more connection strings in a web application that you are running on multiple development and/or production machines. The connection strings are identical in all environments so it would be convenient to have the encrypted... [ Read full article ]

14 November 2007  0 Comments


Publish Emails as EPiServer Pages

by: Allan Thræn

One of the small projects I've been working on recently is a plug-in for EPiServer CMS 5 that automatically will check a specified email-account and publish the emails there as EPiServer pages. While POP3 may sound both boring and old-fashioned, I... [ Read full article ]

12 November 2007  2 Comments


A Simple Page Import Web Service

by: Allan Thræn

In EPiServer CMS 5 there's a couple of very useful Web Services that gives you pretty thorough access to do just about anything you please - at least with regards to adding / searching / modifying pages. However the Web Services can be pretty... [ Read full article ]

09 November 2007  2 Comments


Google OpenSocial

by: Rikard Ljungman

Came across the newly release OpenSocial site on Google yesterday ( code.google.com ). Look at the video from the "Campfire" meeting in California last week. <object width=\"425\" height=\"350\"><param name=\"movie\" value=\"http://www.youtube.com... [ Read full article ]

09 November 2007  2 Comments


EPiServer property getter cleaner-upper

by: Adam Najmanowicz (Cognifide)

Just a daily time saver, for reuse at another time. Any old time windows developer, will remember the fun of using the ini files with GetPrivateProfileString. As much as ini files sucked there is one nice aspect of that call - you can setup a... [ Read full article ]

09 November 2007  0 Comments


Media Center Web Access

by: Per Bjurström

This application is quite impressive (and free) due to the fact that Microsoft cashed in for it (or at least hired the developer to work on the Media Center team). Tech-wise it comes with a Cassini spinoff called  Ultidev so it doesn't require IIS... [ Read full article ]

09 November 2007  0 Comments

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The first CMS5/X3 projects has started!

by: Martin Stenke ( DropIT )

CMS5 was recently released, X3 is in beta2, but the first three projects are already running! I think that shows the strength of the platform.  When the sites using our products go live, we will publish the links on cmsapps.net. [ Read full article ]

08 November 2007  0 Comments


Real market value in Scrum

by: Roger Wirz

Since this summer we have been starting to work according to Scrum. In our Scrum implementation we need to set a time estimate and a market value on all items in the Product Backlog (an item is normally a new feature).   The time estimation is a f... [ Read full article ]

08 November 2007  0 Comments

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Pictures from Redmond

by: Per Bjurström

Me and Fredrik were in Redmond last week teaching Microsoft how to make .NET 3.5  and Visual Studio 2008 more EPiServer-compliant (or was it the other way around). [ Read full article ]

08 November 2007  2 Comments


Support system

by: Martin Stenke ( DropIT )

The new helpdesk for our product support is up and running. We will now create the integration with cmsapps.net to make it available through a simplified GUI, adapted to the cmsapps.net design. [ Read full article ]

07 November 2007  0 Comments


WebService and CMS

by: Ruwen Jin

 In Ajax.Net user can call web service through JavaScript. The URL that will take the call is something like: http://myserver/webservices/datafactoryservice.asmx/Ping Normally IIS will take care of parse /Ping to PathInfo. But since CMS is using... [ Read full article ]

07 November 2007  1 Comments


Register for live.se

by: Per Bjurström

LiveSide has the scoop: http://www.liveside.net/blogs/main/archive/2007/11/06/register-your-live-xx-email-now.aspx Register here (make sure you have Swedish as default language in your browser to get the live.se domain): http://get.live.com/getliv... [ Read full article ]

07 November 2007  20 Comments


Get URL in EPiServer CMS

by: Ruwen Jin

UrlBuilder ub = new UrlBuilder(UriSupport.Combine(SiteUrl, pageData.StaticLinkURL + "&epslanguage=" + language)); EPiServer.Global.UrlRewriteProvider.ConvertToExternal(ub, pageData.PageLink, System.Text.UTF8Encoding.UTF8); String url =... [ Read full article ]

07 November 2007  0 Comments


One week with EPiServer CMS

by: Ruwen Jin

EPiServer CMS is released. Now it is time to convert some projects. Here is list of things that I need to convert: EPiServer.Global.EPDataFactory is replaced by DataFactory.Instance EPiServer.Global.EPConfig is moved to EPiServer.Configuration.Set... [ Read full article ]

07 November 2007  0 Comments


The hard work´s just started…

by: Martin Stenke ( DropIT )

The product´s website is up and running. And yes, using technology only in beta2 we do have several bugs left to fix. But please, bare with us, this will be good in the end. Toghether with some really interesting products and code packages, this... [ Read full article ]

05 November 2007  0 Comments


Properties with Special Functionality in EPiServer

by: Fredrik Haglund ( Inexor )

In addition to the build-in properties on EPiServer pages there are some additional user defined properties that have a special function from EPiServers point of view. As a beginner to EPiServer it is easy to miss this so after teaching new... [ Read full article ]

03 November 2007  0 Comments


Ok Jesper, I think we´re up and running!

by: Martin Stenke ( DropIT )

We promised to release a first version of cmsapps.net today, so I guess it´s time to call Doan and ask him to remove the login. There are still a lot to add to the site, but you´ll get the picture i hope. And Rebecka, be prepared to take the... [ Read full article ]

02 November 2007  0 Comments

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