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Attach to Process Plugin for Sitecore Rocks Updated

By Adam Conn, March 25, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

attach to process 1.0.1

A new version of the Attach to Process plugin for Sitecore Rocks is now available. There's not much visibly different. This release is mainly to stay in sync with Rocks. But there are 2 new things...

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Tags: API

LINQPad Driver for Sitecore version 1.1

By Adam Conn, March 22, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

LINQPad and Sitecore

Version 1.1 of the LINQPad Driver for Sitecore is available. This version is significantly more "future proofed" than the initial release. Read on the details...

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

LINQPad Driver for Sitecore

By Adam Conn, March 17, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Comments (8)

LINQPad and Sitecore

Here's another tool for those of you who are using LINQPad to build, test, debug and understand using LINQ with Sitecore 7 search. Now you can use a native driver for Sitecore. This reduces the configuration to almost zero (you still have to specify the location of your Sitecore server).

This post covers how to install, configure and use the driver.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

Easier Installation for Attach to Process Plugin for Sitecore Rocks

By Adam Conn, March 14, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

Attach to Process plugin for Sitecore Rocks

Last month I wrote a post about a Sitecore Rocks plugin that allows you to connect the Visual Studio debugger from the Sitecore Explorer. At the time the installation and uninstallation processes were manual. I finally got around to uploading the plugin to the online plugin gallery.

If you already know how to install plugins using Sitecore Rocks, you can stop reading and get to installing. But if you haven't done it before, read on...

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Tags: API

Hotfix for Sitecore Media Framework Brightcove Edition 1.1 and 1.2 rev. 131220

By Adam Conn, March 14, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

Sitecore and Brightcove

One of the configuration files included with Sitecore Media Framework Brightcove Edition 1.1 and 1.2 rev. 131220 includes a bug that may prevent video playback events from being recorded.

Replace the default Sitecore.MediaFramework.Services.Brightcove.config file with this one.

This bug will be fixed in the next release of Sitecore Media Framework Brightcove Edition.

Tags: Content Authoring, User Experience, Media Library

Sitecore Project Wizard for Visual Studio

By Adam Conn, March 12, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Comments (4)

Sitecore Project Wizard for Visual Studio

A new Sitecore extension is available for Visual Studio: the Sitecore Project Wizard.

To be honest, it's not a new extension. It's an updated version of the extension I introduced in my January post, Easier Visual Studio Project Creation for Sitecore. But I made some changes that prevent me from simply updating the old extension. As a result, I removed the old extension and will now direct people to the new one.

Just like with the old extension, the purpose of this extension is to make it easier for Sitecore developers to create projects in Visual Studio. But hopefully the changes will make for a more flexible and reliable foundation for future enhancement.

You can get the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery or directly from Visual Studio using Tools > Extensions and Updates... (search for Sitecore).

Read on for information on what's new.

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Tags: API

LINQPad with Sitecore 7.2

By Adam Conn, March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

LINQPad and Sitecore Sitecore 7.2 was released today. It includes some content search API enhancements. And one of those enhancements introduces a change to the way you use LINQPad with Sitecore. Before you are able to execute any searches you need to add a line of code to run the content search initializer.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7, Sitecore 7.2

Attach to Process Plugin for Sitecore Rocks

By Adam Conn, February 14, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

Attach to Process plugin for Sitecore Rocks

When I am doing Sitecore work in Visual Studio I often create Class Library projects. This is because I tend to create back-end components more often than front-end components. And when I debug my code, I need to attach to an existing process.

The ReAttach extension has been a time-saver for quite a while now, but I've always wanted to be able to attach to a process from Sitecore Rocks. So I finally got around to throwing together a Sitecore Rocks plugin that allows me to do this.

This post covers the Attach to Process plugin for Sitecore Rocks.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

Dynamic Tracking with Sitecore Content Tracker

By Adam Conn, February 13, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Comments (1)

Tracking in Sitecore allows you to record various aspects of a visitor's experience so you're able to get a better idea of the visitor's interests. That, in turn, allows you to tailor the visitor's experience so it better matches his interests. 

Sitecore records what you tell it to record. If someone makes a purchase on your site you might want to record a goal. If the visitor views a certain type of product you might want to record the type of product he viewed. And there's a lot more you can do.

How do you configure Sitecore to track this sort of information? By default this is configured on an individual item. For example, you select an item and configure profiling for the item, or you assign a goal to an item. Often you might configure the standard values item so that all items based on a template have the same tracking options.

But you can also dynamically track the visitor's experience. This post describes a new Sitecore module called Content Tracker. This module provides a more flexible way to configure tracking on your Sitecore items.

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Tags: API, Content Authoring, Personalization, Website Visitor Context

Easier Visual Studio Project Creation for Sitecore

By Adam Conn, January 20, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Comments (4)

visual studio extension

My daily use of Sitecore is a bit different from most Sitecore developers. I don't build sites with Sitecore. I focus on integrating Sitecore with other systems. As a result, I am constantly creating new Sitecore projects.

I finally reached the end of my patience in terms of repeating the same tasks: Create a web application. Delete the web.config file. Add references to Sitecore assemblies. Double-check that I've set "Copy Local" to false... So I created a Visual Studio extension to help myself out. This post describes the extension, where to find it and how to use it.

UPDATE: This extension has been updated. For more information see Sitecore Project Wizard for Visual Studio.

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Tags: Sitecore 7

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