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  1. Tvrtko
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    Hello,
    we have a web application that we would like to somehow integrate with sitefinity, so that with functionality it provide we could get CMS for the web pages in same web project.

    However by browsing this site an forums, I wasnt able to find out how that can be done.

    Let me say few facts:
    - web app use sql server as database
    - webb app has around 40 classes, 20 web pages, and 20 user controls
    - it is written in VS 2003 as "web application project", not 2005 web site
    - solution has 2 projects - "business objects" project  and "web UI" project

    Any hlp or pointers where to look would be very appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.


  2. Gabe Sumner
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    Hi Tvrtko,

    I'm fairly new to Sitefinity, but I don't think you're going to find an easy question to your answer.

    I would personally recommend first downloading the Sitefinity trial and looking through some of the example web sites that it comes with.   Try building a small test web site.  Then create a small module so that you understand how Sitefinity can be extended. 

    Once you have a clear understanding of how Sitefinity works and can be extended, then you can make a plan for migrating your existing web site to it.

    In the end, how you will want to migrate pieces of your web application to Sitefinity is going to depend on a lot of things.  Your user controls, for example, might be able to simply be referenced from the "web.config" and placed onto pages through Sitefinity.  But I doubt it will be that simple. 

    As mentioned, I would recommend playing with a fresh install of Sitefinity for awhile.  I'm currently investigating migrating a couple of projects to Sitefinity.  I'm 2 weeks into this and still haven't even really started.  I do have a clearer understanding of how it can be done though.  Furthermore, I'm getting excited about improvements that I would be able to make along the way.  I personally think it is worth giving Sitefinity a look.

    Good luck!
  3. Tvrtko
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    Thanks for your comment Gabe. However I am sure we are not the only one with such needs and I still believe there is some example or documentation for it. Hoping to see it here.
  4. Vlad
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    Hello Tvrtko,

    We don't see any problems with integrating any other ASP.NET 2.0 combatible application into a Sitefinity site.
    As for the facts you said:
        - web app use SQL server as database
          Sitefinity supports SQL Server
        
        - web app has around 40 classes, 20 web pages, and 20 user controls
          this is not relevant to Sitefinity
        
        - it is written in VS 2003 as "web application project", not 2005 web site
          Two solutions:
              a) convert your VS2003 Web Application Project to VS 2005 Web Site and import all pages and user controls into the Sitefinity Site;
              b) add reference to your Web Application Project in the Sitefinity Site and copy all .ascx and .aspx files into the Sitefinity site.

        - solution has 2 projects - "business objects" project  and "web UI" project
           add references to these two projects in the Sitefinity Site.

    Actually, the integration is a relative term. We cannot provide you a common example or documentation how to integrate any application in Sitefinity, because it is quite specific for each case. We, in Sitefinity, are trying to build our product so that it will not prevent the standard ASP.NET functionality to work correctly. Therefore, most probably, the Sitefinity Web Site and your application could be integrated and work together.

    We agree with Gabe, that you should first play with Sitefinity, understand its concept, and then decide if it is worth to integrate your existing application into Sitefinity.

    Please, let us know if you have additional questions.

    Sincerely yours,
    Vlad
    the Telerik team

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