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  • Sitefinity template parser: How to use standard ASP.NET parser

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   When creating your templates for Sitefinity (control templates that is) you have a choice between standard ASP.NET template parser and Sitefinity template parser. Here are the rules that explain ...
  • Sitefinity template parser: The differences

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]  As it was stated, Sitefinity template parser is almost completely identical to the ASP.NET template parser (and purposefully so). There are, however, some differences between the two and in this ...
  • Sitefinity template parser: What is it?

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In Sitefinity 3.6 we have introduced embedded control templates. The templates are embedded as resources in the assemblies. In order to use these resources as the actual templates ...
  • Sample pluggable module: Contacts pluggable module - Implementing client-side data binding for RadGrid

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In this article we are going to examine how to take advantage of the excellent feature provided by the Telerik RadGrid control to implement fast and responsive grids in ...
  • Sample pluggable module: Contacts pluggable module - Using embedded templates

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In our Sample Contacts Pluggable Module we have demonstrated how you too can use embedded templates when building your pluggable modules. Before we dissect the approach, we should first ...
  • Views hierarchy: Specializing hierarchy through interfaces

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   This article is really more on C# generics, however we will examine some of the principles and see how can we apply them on the Views hierarchy. Namely, we ...
  • Views hierarchy: Accessing Views in the hierarchy

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   One of the main advantages of the hierarchical View composition is the fact that we can access the members of other Views from a given View. So, as we ...
  • April fools disclaimer

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    Just as I have posted the article on Views hierarchy, it appeared to me which date it is today. So, just to be sure - Sitefinity really does support Views hierarchy and you can do all that stuff with it. Seriously.   And, besides, this year it is support’s ...
  • Views hierarchy: Overview

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   As we have already mentioned in Sitefinity 3.6 module's backend is constructed from Views which are organized into a hierarchy, starting with the Control Panel class. This hierarchy allows ...
  • Sample intra site module: Contacts intra site module

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In this topic we are providing a sample intra site module. Intra site modules basically provide the same functionality as pluggable modules in Sitefinity, however, the approach is rather ...
  • Command panel: Using multiple command panels

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   With the new backend architecture introduced in Sitefinity 3.6 we have introduced an ability to use multiple command panels in a module. The benefits of this approach include following:...
  • Command Panel: Creating command panel from Custom Control

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In this article we are going to cover the final and most flexible option for creating a command panel: creating a command panel from a custom control. The more ...
  • Command Panel: Creating command panel from User Control

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   As it was already stated, the new backend architecture of Sitefinity 3.6 allows various implementations of the command panels. We’ve seen already how to take advantage of the automatic ...
  • Command Panel: Adding commands manually

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In the previous article we have seen how we can automatically generate commands based on the Views that we add to the Control Panel class. In many scenarios, this ...
  • Products module: Insert / Edit templates control guidance

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   When you develop Generic Content based modules, you will surely have at least two Views that deal with content items - one View for creating new content items and ...
  • Products module: Adding new features to Generic Content module

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In the previous post we have examined our possibilities for removing the unneeded functionality from the base Generic Content module. More often than not, however, we will need to ...
  • Products module: Removing unneeded Generic Content features

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   Ability to reuse already developed functionality is one of the most convincing reasons to base your module on Generic Content module and not build a module from scratch. However, ...
  • Products module: Implementing permissions

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   In case you are building module where different users will have different level of permissions for working with the module, you can take advantage of the Generic Content security ...
  • Products module: Client side data binding custom meta fields

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   One of the improvements introduced in Sitefinity 3.6 have been very fast and responsive grids in Generic Content modules. We have switched from standard ASP.NET GridView controls to the ...
  • Products module: Adding and removing meta fields

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    [This post is part of the developer's manual preview published on this blog. You can find temporary TOC here.]   One of the most useful features of Generic Content module is the ability to simply declare additional data for the content item. Generic Content based modules inherit this feature ...
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