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  • Blog Post: Alternative Method for SSL Front End

    I mentioned Friday that there is an alternative way of getting the Starter Site to work behind an SSL appliance. Some appliances allow creating some indication that a connection is secure. The trick is then to let the Starter Site know that this is what's happening. There are two main ways to flag the...
  • Blog Post: Running the Starter Site With an SSL Front End

    There are a number of appliances out there that will carry the work of creating and maintaining an HTTPS (SSL) connection. This removes the burden from the web server leaving providing better response all around. Between the appliance and the web server the connection is unencrypted HTTP. Because the...
  • Blog Post: "Invalid Viewstate" With Load Balancers

    If you are using a round-robin (non-sticky) load-balancer (and perhaps even if you aren't) you may run into a problem where the client gets errors during the checkout process. Checking your event log you might find the following error (non-essential information removed): Event Type: Information...
  • Blog Post: Starter Site on a Non-standard Port

    If you install the starter site onto a port other than 80 you may need to do some code munging. On line 276 of App_Code\SiteContext.cs there is a line of code that looks like this: builder.Port = -1; // Removes the port setting from the site. This ensures that the correct port is used for the scheme...
  • Blog Post: Refactoring PageContext

    As you all know, writing software is a very dynamic process. Designs change, users give feedback, and sometimes you are so buried in the implementation that you don't see flaws in the design. Occasionally this turns out a design that is less than ideal. When I stepped back to take a look at the PageSettings...
  • Blog Post: Page Attributes in the Starter Site

    In the last post I mentioned how attributes were used to affect page functionality. The main class behind that is PageContext and its army of attributes: PageGroupAttribute, PageLayoutAttribute, and SecureAttribute. The attributes control various aspects of the page without requiring the page author...
  • Blog Post: Starter Site Architecture Part 1 - SiteModule and SiteContext

    For the first section of the Architecture Series I'm going to concentrate on the Starter Site. I'll be covering the Control Library in a later series of posts. The main code of the site lives in the App_Code directory. For those new to ASP.NET 2.0, the contents of this directory are compiled together...
  • Blog Post: Starter Site Release

    If you're reading this then it means the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site has been released. The entire team is happy to finally be able to make this product available to you. As lead developer for the Starter Site I am finally pleased to see my work hit the street. I want to start my blogging here...
  • Blog Post: The Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site is Now Available!

    I'm Christopher Doll, Program Manager for the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site and it is my pleasure to announce that we've released the site! Yes, right now it is available! We've been hard at work, making sure that this is the finest Retail Starter Site ever released for the Commerce Server product...
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