How to retrieve the current context from a posting object

I received the question if it is possible to get the current active context inside a custom placeholder definition. This is not the same as within a placeholder control as a placeholder control always uses the CmsHttpContext. A placeholder can live without the CmsHttpContext (e.g. in a CmsApplicationContext). To check which mode the context is…

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How to use my custom code in VB.NET projects

Most of the sample code I have written is in C#. To get this converted to VB.NET the following tools are very useful: http://www.aspalliance.com/aldotnet/examples/translate.aspxhttp://www.kamalpatel.net/ConvertCSharp2VB.aspxhttp://www.ragingsmurf.com/vbcsharpconverter.aspx All three provide only translation from C# to VB.NET. If someone needs conversion from VB.NET to C# I found the following tools: http://w1.311.telia.com/~u31115556/desc/programs.htm#BabbelFiskenhttp://www.codeproject.com/csharp/GBVB.asp

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Creating a RSS Feed for your MCMS Web site

Yesterday I received the question to add an RSS feed to one of our internal MCMS Web sites. At that moment I did not know more about RSS as that this blog has an RSS feed to be able to keep updated with my writings. 😉 So I searched for a document explaining what RSS…

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Hiding elements on a posting in presentation and authoring mode

A very convenient way to achieve this but unfortunatelly not very good documented is used in the Default Console shipped with MCMS. To hide items (e.g. a Placeholder Control) in Presentation mode use the following code in your template ASPX file: <cms:AuthoringModeContainer id=”hiddenInPresentation1″ runat=”server”>…controls and html not to be shown in Presentation mode…</cms:AuthoringModeContainer> To hide items…

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Unnecessary custom Placeholder controls

Everyday is a good day to learn something new about MCMS 2002. Today I learned that lots of custom placeholder controls I and others have written are not really necessary! The same functionality can be achieved with the standard Placeholder controls and and a badly documented feature: PresentationTemplates A PresentationTemplate allows to modify the default behaviour…

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SiteStaging tool for .NET based templates

An often requested feature is a tool to create a static copy of MCMS Web site. CMS 2001 shipped the SiteStager tool which is also coming with CMS 2002 but it is limited to ASP based templates. ASP.NET based templates are not supported. Creating static copies is often very useful – e.g. when you create…

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How to locate my FAQ

In the public newsgroup I often see the question: “What is the URL to Stefan’s FAQ?”  The easiest way to locate the URL just go to Download Center on the Microsoft Web site and enter “Stefan” as keyword. Step-By-Step: browse to http://download.microsoft.com enter “Stefan” in the keyword field and here is the shortcut: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1000bba1-0452-4462-90ec-48ce352b7ac7&DisplayLang=en  

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New version of Metalogix Migration Manager currently in the works

Hi all, I had a chance to see a demo of the upcoming new version of Metalogix Migration Manager (www.metalogix.net) which will be available in a couple of month. I was really impressed about the feature set it will contain. Here is a list of the major features of the new version: Automated Migration Tools Migration…

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New Web casts addressing CMS and SPS

Session Title Description Date Content and Process Fusion with Content Management Server and SharePoint Portal Server http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=22984   In this webcast Teamplate will provide a live demo on their Teamplate for .NET application for designing, developing, and implementing workflow scenarios for publishing content through Content Management Server and SharePoint™ Portal Server. Teamplate will demonstrate how…

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Enhancing the Web Author interface

I often received request from customers whether the tree view or list view elements can be sorted by default. And also about complains about the fact that the default for the number of items being displayed in List View always defaults to 5 items. This is not very comfortable. To address these questions I sat down…

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