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  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Fluent API

    The series Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 Beta continues with a quick look a the new Fluent API. This is an incredible new addition to the Sitefinity platform, opening an entire new world for developers to accomplish new and exciting tasks and projects. Existing Closer Looks I had hoped to ...
  • Webinar - Sitefinity 4.0 pricing details and what’s new in Sitefinity 4.0 RC

    The next pre-release version of Sitefinity 4.0 is planned for release next week (Thursday, Nov. 11th).  This upcoming RC release marks the final milestone before the official release of Sitefinity 4.0.  After the RC release, we’ll focus on product polishing and adding a handful of features that didn’t quite make ...
  • My 2010 visit to Telerik HQ

    Last week I traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria to visit Telerik HQ and the Sitefinity team.  This was my 3rd trip to Bulgaria and Telerik HQ.  My trips have always coincided with the DevReach conference.  DevReach is a .NET focused conference organized, in part, by Telerik. Telerik is a very globally ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Configuration

    Today's post in this series comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta), we'll take a brief look at what is probably one of the most significant improvements in the Sitefinity core system: Configuration Settings. In previous versions of Sitefinity, a significant portion of configuration settings (Toolbox controls, Provider definitions, etc.) ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Pages

    This this part of the series comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta), we take a closer look at how Pages are managed in Sitefinity, and how things have been improved and enhanced. SiteMap The first thing you'll notice coming from Sitefinity 3.x is that when it comes to the ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Administration

    This is the third article in my series comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta). Today I want to take a brief walk-through the new Sitefinity Administration, with a screenshot-heavy look at what's new, different, and improved in the coming version 4.0 A New Look Right of the bat, you ...
  • Converting Sitefinity 4 Beta Web Application Projects to Web Site Projects

    Today we talk about the Web Application Projects created by the new Sitefinity Project Manager, and how you can (if you wish) convert them to Web Site Projects. This is another bonus post from my series comparing Sitefinity 3.x to the new Sitefinity Beta (Beta 2 as of this ...
  • Sitefinity 4 (Beta) Project Manager Part 2: IIS Virtual Directory Support

    In my last post on the new Sitefinity Project Manager, I went through how Sitefinity 4 now automates the creation of new blank projects, using an integrated web server to run file-system-based projects. However, Sitefinity also allows you to add projects directly to your local IIS server, to more ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Project Manager

    The first entry to my series of posts comparing Sitefinity 3.x to the new 4 Beta will be about the new Project Manager in Sitefinity 4, and how it helps to simplify and speed up the development process from Blank Project to running website. Update Tuesday Oct 11, 2010: I ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Introduction

    I just completed my first week with Telerik, with my primary focus being getting familiar with the latest beta release of Sitefinity 4 (Beta 2 as of this post). Though still in beta, the new version continues the pairing of power vs. simplicity that you’ve come to expect from the ...
  • Video - Introduction to Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 Widget Templates

    One of the major highlights of the recent Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 SDK release is the inclusion of templates for Sitefinity’s built-in widgets.  These templates enable developers to customize how widget content is displayed.  This video demonstrates how to use these templates to customize the output of Sitefinity’s widgets. Watch the ...
  • Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 SDK - Now Available

    The Sitefinity releases continue with the release of the latest SDK.  Earlier today, the Sitefinity team announced the availability of the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 SDK. Purpose The SDK (software development kit) is designed to help .NET developers build powerful add-on’s & extensions for Sitefinity 4.0.  These add-on’s can be ...
  • Upgrading from the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA1 to the BETA2

    Yesterday the Sitefinity team released the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2.  This latest pre-release build of Sitefinity 4.0 includes support for .NET 4.0, new taxonomy options and lots of additional polish.  If you haven’t already, be sure to download this latest release. Starting with BETA1 release of Sitefinity 4.0, we’re ...
  • Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 is now available

    The next pre-release version of Sitefinity 4.0 has now been posted.  Earlier today, the Sitefinity team uploaded the BETA2 build of Sitefinity 4.0.  This new pre-release version includes a lot more polish, support for .NET 4.0 and new features.  The BETA2 can be downloaded, by everyone, in the ...
  • Sitefinity 3.7 SP4 & .NET 4.0 support now available!

    Earlier this week the Sitefinity team announced the availability of Sitefinity 3.7 SP4.  This update is now available in the downloads section of your account. The primary benefits of this release include: Support for .NET 4.0 Performance improvements for large numbers of generic content items (News, Blogs, etc) The ...
  • ASP.NET security vulnerability makes Sitefinity vulnerable

    Late last week an ASP.NET security vulnerability was disclosed.  Since that time Microsoft has issued a Security Advisory and Scott Guthrie published a blog post describing how to prevent this exploit. Sitefinity 3.x uses the ASP.NET technologies that are vulnerable to this exploit.  Consequently, Sitefinity is made vulnerable by ...
  • Why are Sitefinity 4.0 Web Services good?

    In past webinars & videos we’ve talked a lot about Sitefinity 4.0 being AJAXy.  Without becoming embroiled in a technical conversation, this simply means that Sitefinity’s Administrative UI can respond to many of your requests without loading a brand new web page.  Instead of loading a new web page, ...
  • Using the BETA Fluent API to import blog posts from an RSS feed

    As a side project, I’m experimenting with moving Sitefinity Watch to the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA.  As of this writing, there are no migration tools that can be used to migrate blog posts from Sitefinity 3.x to Sitefinity 4.0.  We will eventually deliver these migration tools, but this project gave ...
  • Preparing a Sitefinity 4.0 BETA project for development

    A few weeks ago the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA SDK was released.  This SDK includes tools, examples and documentation designed to help developers create add-on’s or customizations for Sitefinity.  As time allows, I’ve been experimenting with these new developer features. However, in the midst of this exploration I also discovered that ...
  • Installing a different version of RadControls alongside Sitefinity

    Because of my role with Telerik I’m constantly installing internal builds or random versions of our products.  Consequently, I’ve seen the following error a lot: Could not load file or assembly 'Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.309.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4' or one of its dependencies. The located assembly's manifest definition does not match the assembly ...