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  • New KB articles – Wrapping controls and search tweaking

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    I know that many of you are following our blogs, or have an RSS subscription. I want to share with you two valuable KB articles we have just published, that you might find *very* useful: How to wrap a Generic Content control How to modify the search indexing behavior As ...
  • 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 ...
  • Let's hide Upload Controls section from Sitefinity 3.6 toolbox

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      I few days ago I created a post about how we can hide controls from Sitefinity toolbox section. Now I am going to show you how to hide upload controls section of the toolbox - check out figure 1. The idea here is that even you deny the ...
  • 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 ...
  • HACK: How to hide controls from toolbox section in Sitefinity 3.6

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      I know that many of you have asked us about this. How we can hide some controls, so that a certain users will not be able to use them. Ok, me and one of our developers decided to provide this solution for you.   Firs we create a class ...
  • 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 ...
  • How to use jQuery and other JavaScript Libraries in Sitefinity

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    Update:  This blog post contains instructions for Sitefinity 3.x.  If you're looking for JQuery instructions for Sitefinity 4.x, please click here. -- Do you know that we have jQuery, Prototype and mooTools libraries built-in Sitefinity 3.x? In order to use these libraries, you could simply reference them like this: <sf:JsFileLink ...
  • 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 ...
  • Products module: Reusing Views

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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 introduction of the new backend architecture in Sitefinity 3.6, building modules based on Generic Content module became several times faster and simpler. While it was always possible ...
  • Products module: Overview - Building modules based on 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.]   Implementing Generic Content based module As its name suggests, Generic Content module is a module that was built for working with content in general. Since Sitefinity is a Content ...