Vinayak's WebLog

Things you wanted to know about Microsoft Commerce Server

May, 2004

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    How to program the Marketing and Catalog web services?

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    A few people had asked this question “How to program the Marketing and catalog web services?”. So I thought I might write about it. As I had mentioned in an earlier post , one of the major feature additions to the Commerce Server Feature Pack...
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    Hop on the Commerce Server team

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    With the Feature Pack just released and as we start working on a new Commerce Server release this is your chance to truly influence a Microsoft product. A key source of input into our designs for follow-on releases is feedback from existing customers...
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    The Times of India newspaper edition

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    For those of you (like me) who miss the Times of India, this is a link to the newspaper edition . You will have to signup for this though.
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    Commerce Server 2002 Feature Pack has been released

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    The Commerce Server 2002 Feature Pack has been released and can be downloaded from here . The Feature Pack introduces a significant architectural change in the Marketing and Catalog systems by introducing the web services model, role based security complementing...
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    Specification Search in the catalog system

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    Specification search is a cool feature in the product catalog system which allows you to search products in a category based on the specifications of the products in that category. In a way it resembles a drill down search since it allows you to drill...
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    Performing category searches in the catalog system

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    Just as you can perform freetext and/or property searches on one or more catalogs in the catalog system you can also perform freetext and/or property searches on a single category in a catalog. When you do a category search the search criteria is applied...
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    Property based searches in the catalog system

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    While fulltext search allows you to search for phrases which return results that match their meaning, the catalog system also provides another form of search which allows you to query one or more catalogs for results that exactly match the search criteria...
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    Implemeting full-text search in the catalog system

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    The Product catalog system uses the SQL 2000 fulltext search to implement fulltext searching. The fulltext searchable catalog content is stored in SQL fulltext catalogs. A property in the catalog system has an attribute named IsFreeTextSearchable which...
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    Catalog classtypes and search functionality in the catalog system

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    The catalog component in the Runtime BCLs contains an enumeration named CatalogClassTypes. This enumeration is very useful when it comes to searching the catalog data or browsing categories in a catalog especially since it allows you to specify the type...
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