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Introducing the Sitecore Analytics Index

By Adam Conn, October 31, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

To me, one of the most interesting parts of Sitecore 7.5 is that the data in xDB is indexed and available using the Sitecore content search API. The beautiful end-result is that you can write LINQ expressions against xDB (using the LINQPad Driver for Sitecore, for example).

But before you start using the analytics index there are a few things that, if you understand them, will make your life a little easier. That's the main purpose of this post. So this post introduces the analytics index and how it is populated.

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Tags: API, Analytics

Setting Up a Development Environment for LINQPad Driver for Sitecore

By Adam Conn, October 23, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

LINQPad and Sitecore

This post explains why and how to set up a development environment for building custom components for the LINQPad Driver for Sitecore 1.8 and greater.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

Understanding Drag Text for LINQPad Driver for Sitecore

By Adam Conn, October 23, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

LINQPad and Sitecore

LINQPad Driver for Sitecore 1.8 introduced a smarter "drag text" feature. This is the feature in LINQPad that allows you to drag an item under a connection into the query editor. The result is a LINQ expression being added. This post describes the LINQ expression that is added and how that expression is generated.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

LINQPad Driver for Sitecore Version 1.8

By Adam Conn, October 23, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

LINQPad and Sitecore

I'm happy to announce the release of LINQPad Driver for Sitecore 1.8. Read on for details on what changed and for a download link.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

Sitecore Media Framework 2.0 Released

By Adam Conn, October 15, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

Sitecore Media Framework in Sitecore Media Library

Sitecore Media Framework 2.0 is now available on the Sitecore Developer Network. This blog post announces the new release. This is a bit of an unusual release, so please read on for details.

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Tags: Media Library, Sitecore 7, Integration

Using Saved Search with Personalization

By Adam Conn, October 07, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

At Sitecore Symposium my colleague Ciaran McAuliffe presented a session in the developer track where he explored how to build contextualized shopping experience using Sitecore and Commerce Connect. His example showed how lists of products could be targeted to specific personas.

This is a common requirement, and it's not limited to the commerce world. While there are many different ways you can accomplish this sort of functionality, in this post I will cover one that involves using saved searches.

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Tags: Sitecore 7

LINQPad Driver for Sitecore Version 1.6

By Adam Conn, October 07, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

LINQPad and Sitecore

The LINQPad Driver for Sitecore version 1.6 is now available. This update adds a new connection setting to set the context database. Read on for more information and a download link.

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Tags: API, Sitecore 7

Using Custom Contact Data Part 3 - Rules

By Adam Conn, September 29, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

Starting with Sitecore 7.5 an individual visitor is represented using a contact. Information that is collected about the contact is stored in contact facets. This part 3 in a 3-part series that explores how data stored in contact facets can be used throughout the Sitecore Experience Platform.

In this post I will cover how data stored in contact facets can be used when configuring personalization, engagement plans and other components that use the Sitecore rules engine.

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Tags: API, Analytics

Using Custom Contact Data Part 2 - Search

By Adam Conn, September 23, 2014 | Permalink | Rating:  | Leave a comment

Starting with Sitecore 7.5 an individual visitor is represented using a contact. Information that is collected about the contact is stored in contact facets. This part 2 in a 3-part series that explores how data stored in contact facets can be used throughout the Sitecore Experience Platform.

In this post I will cover how data stored in contact facets can be indexed and searched along with the rest of the xDB data.

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Tags: Analytics, API

Using Custom Contact Data Part 1 - Experience Profile

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

Starting with Sitecore 7.5 an individual visitor is represented using a contact. Information that is collected about the contact is stored in contact facets. This part 1 in a 3-part series that explores how data stored in contact facets can be used throughout the Sitecore Experience Platform.

In this post I will cover how data stored in contact facets can be exposed in the Experience Profile, also known as the xFile.

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Tags: API, Analytics

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