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Evaluating Sitefinity: questions

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  1. Pete
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    25 Sep 2007
    06 Dec 2008
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    I am currently evaluating Sitefinity and I have the following questions.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1.  is .net 3.5 supported by Sitefinity?
    2.  Is SQL 2008 supported by Sitefinity?
    3.  I have several existing sites that I would like to use Sitefinity with for CMS.  These sites were developed using VS 2008\.net 3.5, have 3rd party controls, ASP.NET AJAX controls and\or Javascript frameworks such as Scriptaculous

    Will is be possible to port these sites as they are into sitefinity to leverage the CMS features?  What degree of re-work will be necessary?  Will it be possible to retain the third party controls?

    thanks,
    pete
  2. Ivan
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    08 Dec 2008
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    Hi Pete,

    here are the answers to your questions:

    1. Current versions of Sitefinity are built against .NET 2.0, but you can change it to .NET 3.5 in your project. From the next version, Sitefinity 3.6, we will move to .NET 3.5 as the default build. 3.6 is scheduled for January of 2009.

    2. Yes, Sitefinity works with SQL Server 2008.

    3. Sitefinity works great with controls, since every page in Sitefinity is composed of controls. You can easily add new controls to the Sitefinity toolbox, regardless if they are User Controls or Custom Controls (compiled into a .dll file). The really nice thing about these controls is that you don't have to customize them to Sitefinity in any way. If they work on a normal ASP.NET page they will work in Sitefinity pages as well. As for third party controls, yes, you will be able to use them. Take a look how we added to the toolbox some Telerik's ASP.NET for Ajax controls or some standard ASP.NET controls (e.g. XmlDataSource).

    All in all, Sitefinity is quite a good choice when it comes to migration. Due to it's fully exposed API you can write rather simple transfer functions that will transfer the data - API can also be used to create pages dynamically, add controls to them, change the themes and so on.

    I hope you will find this information useful. Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

    Best wishes,
    Ivan
    the Telerik team

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