Max Akbar

For the hardcore Commerce Server Developer... and demystify the product

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  • Blog Post: Reach out and touch Messagemanager

    If you are creating your own pipeline components and your site is international and you need more than the four languages that is out of the box German, French, Japanese and US English for Commerce Server then you need to create your own resource for other languages. How to create a new resource is what...
  • Blog Post: OrderForm Visualizer

    Have you developed a pipeline component and then started to debug it and found that you couldn't drill down the OrderForm, Dictionary and SimpleList objects? Well here is the solution. I created this Visualizer to help with the debugging process of pipeline components. What is a Visualizer? Visualizers...
  • Blog Post: PayPal is looking for a few good customers :)

    PayPal has just announced that they are looking for a few early adopters. If you want to test their component developed for Commerce Server then follow the instruction on their blog site. Do you use Microsoft Commerce Server 2007? - PayPal Developer Blog - PayPal Developer Community
  • Blog Post: Support for SQL replication of the profiles and of the transactions database

    I wrote a blog a while ago that Commerce Server SP1 with SQL 2005 SP2 supported replication with Profiles and transaction database. Now I can confirm that this is a supported scenario here is the KB Article . I am disappointed that the KB article does not walk the user step by step and setting up your...
  • Blog Post: How To Deal With Large Orders And Improve Checkout Performance

    There are some scenarios were you need to handle 100 or more line items and performance becomes an issue. So in this post I hope to provide you with some ideas on how you can speed up the performance of the Checkout path. Checkout Path What is the checkout path? The checkout process starts from the moment...
  • Blog Post: Do you have your eye on it CS2007 SP1

    Commerce Server 2007 Service Pack 1 is due out end of June if all goes well :), keep your eye on it. There are two things note worthy: Replication of Orders and Profiles Database This was a design change request that was introduced right after the product went live so a lot of testing wen into it. The...
  • Blog Post: PayPal: What's New and What's Next - PayPal Developer Blog - PayPal Developer Community

    Here is some good news for those who are looking for PayPal integration. Apparently the PayPal team is looking to integrate with Commerce Server and are going to release something this fall for Commerce Server 2007 and 2002 for more information check out the PayPal developer blog. Payment Modules Coming...
  • Blog Post: How to enable pipeline pooling

    I was asked by a few folks on how do you create poolable pipeline components? After talking with David Messner , I learned that all you need to do is create a category and mark it appropriately. We seem to document this “ PooledPipeline Object ” but missing a few key items. We are missing the C++ header...
  • Blog Post: Digonex Technologies Dynamic Pricing System to be Available to Microsoft Commerce Server Users Via an Adapter for BizTalk Server

    Link to Digonex Technologies Dynamic Pricing System to be Available to Microsoft Commerce Server Users Via an Adapter for BizTalk Server
  • Blog Post: Using SelfSSL with Commerce Server 2007

    You may experience the following error when connecting to Orders or Profiles Web Service: Exception The underlying connection was closed: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel. Inner Exception {"The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure...
  • Blog Post: OrderForm Viewer 2007

    The long awaited OrderForm Viewer for Commerce Server 2007 is now released get your copy from GotDotNET . Have fun, -Max
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part IV)

    So far you if you have followed this on going Pipeline posts, you should be very familiar with how to work with pipelines how to configure them using Pipeline Editor, how to manage your pipelines in the web.config as well as creating your own custom pipelines. I also hinted that you can use some undocumented...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part III)

    So far you should be comfortable working with pipeline files creating\modifying components and having a good understanding of basic concepts of creating a custom pipeline components and as promised lets dive deeper into advanced understanding of the pipeline interfaces. Then we will dive into the Order...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part II)

    In the previous post you learned some concepts of pipelines so by now you should have a good idea of what Pipelines are. In this part we are going to talk about creating\developing Pipeline components. Before doing this let cover some more basics. Pipeline Editor Pipeline Editor is a GUI tool that...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part I)

    What are Pipelines Commerce Server pipeline is a framework that links one or more components and executes them in sequence. The Pipeline framework provides stages to abstract one or more categories of work. The Pipeline Stage also determine the sequence in which each category of work is performed...
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