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  • Blog Post: Izzy's Rules

    I've been a consultant for over 8 years and during that time, I've lead a few projects, been on a few and helped to clean up a few more.  I have also been a part of some failed projects, which honestly, if you're going to fail, fail big.  Anyway, during my time I have created a set of rules...
  • Blog Post: Defining Done on a Project - Done means done until we redefine done!

    A common issue that occurs on all development projects is when is someone done.  You will here phrases like: I'm done, but... I'm done except for... I'm kinda done. I'm done when it works on my machine, etc... There are several ideas about what is done and what does “done” mean so in...
  • Blog Post: Designing a Commerce Server catalog - Scenarios and Solutions

    I have taken a long break from Blogging because of customer commitments but I realized the EVERYONE has the same 24 hours in a day that I have, it's just a matter of how you use it.  I noticed that I have not been using my time to give back to the greater community so here goes. I am starting a...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Pipeline components with the CS Dump Tool

    Troubleshooting CS pipeline components are a bit like stumbling around in the dark, you may find your way, but if the lights were on, it would be easier. Recently I found myself trying to troubleshoot a an order property that I knew I was setting but couldn’t read. I combed through the log files and...
  • Blog Post: Designing Commerce Server Profile Schemas - Part 1

    When designing CS profiles, a common design question is how do I know whether to mark a property as required.  Here is my guidance. If the field is required in ALL cases, then it should be a marked as a required field in the UI, the profile definition and the DB schema.  In most cases, the...
  • Blog Post: Integrating MOSS and Commerce Server-Post 1

    As I type this, I am waiting for my DC to reboot. I am going to start on a journey to integrate MOSS and Commerce Server 2007 while chronicling my learnings here. I am still in the beginning stages of my development. I've set up my MOSS server, and I have my CS 2007 instance up and running. First step...
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