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  • Blog Post: Securing the catalog system

    The authorization model is another new feature in the Commerce Server 2007 catalog system which allows you to protect your catalog data from being accessed by unauthorized users. Since we decided to expose the functionality of the catalog system over the web service it became imperative to ensure that...
  • Blog Post: Improving the catalog search experience in Commerce Server 2007

    Two years back in this post on fulltext search in the catalog system , I had explained how fulltext searches are performed in the catalog system and added the following comment "Providing an increased number of search features/conditions is something we are looking forward to, in the upcoming releases...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Thesaurus support in the catalog system

    Sql Server 2005 now provides Thesaurus support through configurable xml files. In a nutshell the Thesaurus feature allows you to search for synonyms of the search phrase or replace the search phrase with a replacement phrase and perform the search using the replacement phrase. These synonyms and replacements...
  • Blog Post: New Catalogset features in Commerce Server 2007

    The catalogsets feature is probably the least known feature in the catalog system. Unlike in previous versions, the catalogsets feature is now tightly integrated with the catalog sytsem. We have also provided a managed API to create, edit and delete catalog sets.This functionality is also available through...
  • Blog Post: Caching in the catalog system

    The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system adds a new caching feature which caches frequently used datasets. What is cached? In order to prevent repeated calls to the sql server the catalog system caches the results of various methods in the catalog system. These results are cached in the form...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual catalog features in Commerce Server 2007

    Virtual catalogs is a key feature we improved upon in Commerce Server 2007 to allow you to further customize your base and virtual catalogs. These features will enable additional scenarios which were not possible in previous versions. If you are not familiar with virtual catalogs, read this post . ...
  • Blog Post: New catalog sequencing features in Commerce Server 2007

    A while back I had written about sequencing products and categories in the feature pack and mentioned a few features that were not supported. I am happy to say that we have now addressed all the limitations I had mentioned in this post and also added a couple of new features. The following are the...
  • Blog Post: New catalog search features in Commerce Server 2007

    One of my posts ( Catalog classtypes and search functionality in the catalog system ) described the search functionality in previous versions of the catalog system. We have now made the following enhancements to the search functionality. Incidentally, all these new features were driven by feedback from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 Release Candidate is now available

    After several years of hardwork the Release candidate for Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 is now available for public download. The details of the download location and the name change from Microsoft Commerce Server 2006 to Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 can be found in Ryan's post . The team had been...
  • Blog Post: The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 ... Part III

    6. New features in Import Just as we provided a number of options in Export , we have provided a similar number of options for Import. 1. Importing from client machines: The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system now allows you to import data from client machines. The client side import functionality...
  • Blog Post: The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 ... Part II

    5. New features in Export Import/Export is one of the features we took a new look at in Commerce Server 2007, studied customer feedback and came up with a number of configurable options which should address most of typical scenarios like staging, LOB adapters, trading partners etc. These are the things...
  • Blog Post: The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 ... Part I

    Commerce Server 2007 offers the following major enhancements to the catalog system since Commerce Server 2002. 1. Programming model : The catalog system is one of the components which has been completely rewritten in managed code. The COM objects will no longer be supported. The entire catalog...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Commerce Server 2007?

    Twenty months back when we started planning for the next release of Commerce Server I had written a post asking for feedback on Commerce Server 2007. Now twenty months later we are on track to ship Commerce Server 2007 sometime soon. Commerce server 2007 beta was released in December, '05 and is available...
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