Max Akbar

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

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    Moving my blog!!!

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    Just wanted to give you guys an update. I will be moving my blog to http://www.commerceservertraining.com . Please make a note of it. I will not be blogging here or answer comments and questions posted here. Why the move? I created this blog when I was...
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    Another Commerce Server Training Event

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    Last October I hosted a Training Event here in LA and was very successful. People from all over the world came and were very happy with the results. Due to popular demand I am hosting another event. This will also be held in LA. Training Event Training...
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    Transform a .NET OrderForm to COM OrderForm

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    Have you ever wanted to get the Commerce Server managed OrderForm transformed into the Dictionary key pair values? If the answer is yes then keep reading. There are some scenarios where you just want the OrderForm in Dictionary format so you can call...
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    Commerce Server Cache Refresh

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    I was teaching a Commerce Server Training this past week. One of the students asked that he has issues with his business users management applications. When the business users select to refresh the site cache an error is generated. I did some research...
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    Updated version uploaded: Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site Release 2

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    Looks like there is an update to the Starter Site Release 2 you can still download it from MSDownload . How to tell you have the right download? I looked at the original release 2 and the file version for CommerceComponents.dll is 6.0.3863.0 and the update...
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    The Commerce Server 2007 Install and Readme documentation has been updated

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    Now that we have the Commerce Server SP2 the following documentation has also been updated. Commerce Server 2007 Readme Commerce Server 2007 Install Guide Commerce Server 2007 Mom Pack Commerce Server 2007 SP2-readme-web Commerce Server 2007 Quick Install...
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    Announcing Commerce Server 2007 SP2

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    The long awaited SP2 is now available on Microsoft's web site. Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site Release 2 Commerce Server 2007 Service Pack 2 – Standard Edition (SP2) Commerce Server 2007 Service Pack 2 – Enterprise Edition (SP2) (can be used for Developer...
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    Commerce Server Training Event

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    A few weeks a go I mentioned that I would be hosting a Commerce Server Event here in beautiful Los Angeles. Well I am getting closer and closer to finalizing everything and if all goes well I will be doing anther event in London but that date is not yet...
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    Reach out and touch Messagemanager

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    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...
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    OrderForm Visualizer

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    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...
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    News about the Commerce Server Book!

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    I am sure you all have been waiting for the Commerce Server 2007 Book that was listed at Amazon and blogged about. If you perform a search now, you will notice that it is no longer available at Amazon. The reason for this is that book will not be published...
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    Virtual Catalog Limitation

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    I was working with a client and they run into an error that they had reached their Virtual Catalog limit. This was an issue with the previous versions of the product ( Catalog Name and Size Restrictions and the interop API IProductCatalog3::AddVirtualCatalogRule...
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    Orders Video Tutorial Released!

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    I just completed my second video tutorial for Commerce Server Order System. I cover the following topics: An Orders Overview of the order system Orders Architecture Different Applications that interact with the Order System Orders Runtime API (code sample...
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    PayPal is looking for a few good customers :)

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    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...
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    Will Commerce Server Run on Windows Server 2008?

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    So the question of the year is "will Commerce Server run on Windows 2008"? The answer is "YES" with a big BUT you have to wait for Commerce Server SP2 targeted second half of 2008. To confirm I sent an email to csid@microsoft.com and they can't comment...
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    Rub a dub dub, a PUP in my tub Part I!

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    The Configuration of Commerce Server is stored in SQL Server database using Configuration APIs to manage it. To generate Commerce Server configuration you can use either the APIs or pre configured files. PUP which stands for Packaging and Unpackaging...
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    Support for SQL replication of the profiles and of the transactions database

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    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...
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    Redmond Developer News | Microsoft Commerce Server Boss Now at Cactus Commerce

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    Microsoft Commerce Server Boss Now at Cactus Commerce Ryan Donavan lands at Ottawa-based Microsoft Gold partner. Redmond Developer News | Microsoft Commerce Server Boss Now at Cactus Commerce
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    How To Deal With Large Orders And Improve Checkout Performance

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    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...
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    A few things you didn't know about Commerce Server's Catalog Cache

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    One of the most important aspect of any e-commerce is their Catalog(s) and Commerce Server provides a system that allows customers to manage and organize their products. In any e-commerce site the most profile usage the Catalog. Searches and Catalog browsing...
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    Have you heard of SmartCatalog?

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    SmartCatalog is the only .NET Product Advisor and Product Configuration solution built exclusively for Microsoft Commerce Server. SmartCatalog is tightly integrated with Microsoft Commerce Server and was the first software partner dating back to 2000...
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    Commerce Server 2007 Book Alert!

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    Tom Schultz has joined with Wade Wegner to deliver the Commerce Server 2007 Book. For more details you can follow their blog: Wade: Update: Professional Commerce Server 2007 Tom: Professional Commerce Server 2007 by Wrox Press I am currently reviewing...
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    What can I extend in Commerce Server?

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    How about everything :)! Integrating a Custom Snap-in Extension Developing with Resources Using Pup to Package and Unpackage Custom Resources Custom Module Web Services CS core Systems Catalog SetJoinTable API Customization and Extensibility Virtual Lab...
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    News Alert Commerce Server

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    Microsoft Re-Brandishes E-Commerce Chops With Commerce Server Plans InformationWeek - Manhasset,NY,USA In a broad outline of Commerce Server's future on Wednesday, Microsoft is declaring its intention to stay in the game in a big way. ... Cactus Commerce...
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    How to fix profile definition in Commerce Server 2007: "Loading Editor" message

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    If you have installed Commerce Server 2007 with default installation on Windows 2003 you may receive a message "Loading Editor" when navigating to Commerce Server Manager's Profile Definition. This is due to installing Windows Internet Explorer Enhanced...
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