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  • Blog Post: Adding multilingual display names to property definitions

    The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system supports multilingual display names for Property definitions, catalog definitions, products, categories and variants. This post discusses multilingual display name support for property definitions. The following are the steps to add multilingual display names...
  • Blog Post: Extending the entites in the Catalog and Inventory Systems

    Commerce Server 2007 allows you to extend the different entities in the Catalog and Inventory systems in a straightforward manner. These are the various entities that can be extended Property Definitions Catalog Definitions Inventory Catalog Inventory Skus Product and Categories ...
  • Blog Post: Implementing the credential prompter

    I received a question on my earlier post on implementing the credential prompter. When connecting to the web service you have to specify a CatalogServiceAgent object. When authenticating against a Web service, the default behavior is to first try to make Web service method calls without any authentication...
  • Blog Post: Programming the Commerce Server 2007 catalog system: Creating the CatalogContext

    The objects in the catalog system can now be programmed in two modes. In the first mode the catalog server assembly is loaded in the callers appdomain (aka inproc mode). In the second mode the functionality of the catalog system is available remotely via the catalog web service. The programming model...
  • 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: 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: The COM objects in the product catalog system

    The Catalog system basically has four main objects: 1. The CatalogManager object is the only externally creatable object. The progid is Commerce.CatalogManager. You can use this object to manage all the catalog schema, create/delete catalogs, import from and export to csv and xml files and search...
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