• Catalog,  Commerce,  Episerver

    Episerver Commerce MetaDictionary internals

    This is an excerpt from my book – Pro Episerver Commerce – which is now already 2/3 complete. Dictionary types. Previously we discussed on how properties work with catalog content. However – if you have dictionary types in your MetaClasses, they will work differently. In this section we will examine these special data types – this applies to Order system metaclasses as well. As we all know – there are three types of dictionary in Episerver Commerce: Single value dictionary: editor can select a value from defined ones. Single value dictionary type is supported in the strongly typed content types – you’ll need to define a property of type string, with backing…

  • Blogging,  Collection,  Learning,  Resources

    How to be a C# developer

    C# has never been considered as a cool language (fact: It was initially called COOL – C-like Object Oriented Language) – it’s a good language, very good indeed, but because of it is “created by Microsoft” and then “tied to .NET platform”, it lost the coolness to other languages – JavaScript, C, Scala, you name it. The table has turned and the wind has changed. Microsoft has been making bold moves with all the open source projects that run multi platforms. Once known as the “evil” of software industry, Microsoft is changing their image to be good again. And with Xamarin being free – C# is the language to learn…

  • Commerce,  Episerver

    Episerver Commerce SearchProvider – demystifying

    This post is an excerpt from my book, but it’s the short one. It looks like there is a confusion of where the searchprovider is used in Commerce Many important features in Commerce Manager use index-based search provider to search for entries – it’s simply faster and more flexible to work with. They might not be truly “real-time”, but they’re close (with the right configuration). The only drawbacks are they require extra processing (for indexing entries), external files/configurations, but the advantages easily overweight any of those drawbacks. There are three search providers provided by Episerver Commerce: LuceneSearchProvider, Solr35SearchProvider, and FindSearchProvider (four if you count SolrSearchProvider as well). LuceneSearchProvider comes as…

  • Leanpub,  Writing

    Git: In easy steps – Another book project

    Well, I might start a living based on writing. If my books sell good enough. Yes, it’ll be available on Leanpub and you can register now to get a notification: https://leanpub.com/gitineasysteps. In this Easter I decided to start a new book project, based on what I’ve been doing daily: Git in easy steps. Who is this book for? This book explains Git concepts in a simple way, with examples in Git Extensions – the Git client to beat. It will walk through the flow and see what should we do, and why. Needless to say, it’s a beginner book. If you are already a Git expert, look else. (Of course you…

  • Catalog,  Commerce,  Episerver

    How Episerver Catalog content versions work

    This is an excerpt from my book – Pro Episerver Commerce. Use http://leanpub.com/proepiservercommerce/c/Easter2016 to get 20% off the book during Easter holiday (Mar 24th – Mar 28th) One of the most important features in CatalogContentProvider is it bring versioning to catalog content. It was somewhat limited with Commerce 7.5 (the languages handling was a bit sloppy), but it has been much more mature since Commerce 9. The versioning system in Commerce 9 is now more or less on par with versioning in CMS, and it’s a good thing. If you’re new to Episerver CMS/Commerce, then it might be useful to know how version and save action work in content system. Of…