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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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    Getting the most appropriate list of catalogs for the current user

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    I was looking at the documentation of CommerceContext.GetCatalogsForUser and there is surprisingly very little documentation compared to what the method actually does. Based on the user browsing the site this method attempts to retrieve the most appropriate...
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    MSIB v2.5 has shipped

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    The Microsoft Solution for Internet Business v2.5 has shipped Overview The Microsoft Solution for Internet Business (MSIB) team is happy to announce that MSIB v2.5 has shipped and is now publicly available on Microsoft.com. MSIB v2.5 builds on MSIB...
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    Virtual Catalogs : To materialize or not to materialize

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    Commerce Server 2002 introduced a feature which allowed content from one or more base catalogs to be aggregated into a virtual catalog using inclusion and exclusion rules. The values for the properties of the products and categories came from the base...
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    Things you should know about the MSCS_CatalogScratch database

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    The Product team received a number of queries regarding the MSCS_CatalogScratch database and so I thought I should write about it. Simply put the MSCS_CatalogScratch database is a scratchpad database (much like tempdb) which contains empty tables. These...
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    My first blog!

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    I am Vinayak Tadas, a developer in the Commerce Server team in Microsoft. Seeing so many blogs on different Microsoft products, I also decided to create my own blog. I will be writing about Commerce Server in general and the the Product Catalog system...
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