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Adding multilingual display names to property definitions

The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system supports multilingual display names for Property...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/07/2006

Extending the entites in the Catalog and Inventory Systems

Commerce Server 2007 allows you to extend the different entities in the Catalog and Inventory...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/06/2006

Implementing the credential prompter

I received a question on my earlier post on implementing the credential prompter. When connecting to...

Author: vinayakt Date: 09/06/2006

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...

Author: vinayakt Date: 08/30/2006

Unable to import a commerce server catalog on Windows XP

I have seen a few customers hit this issue in the newsgroups. If you are using Windows XP as your...

Author: vinayakt Date: 08/29/2006

Securing the catalog system

The authorization model is another new feature in the Commerce Server 2007 catalog system which...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/28/2006

Want to try Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 for free?

You can now download the evaluation version of Commerce Server 2007 from here. Other useful links:...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/19/2006

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...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/18/2006

Implementing Thesaurus support in the catalog system

Sql Server 2005 now provides Thesaurus support through configurable xml files. In a nutshell the...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/12/2006

New Catalogset features in Commerce Server 2007

The catalogsets feature is probably the least known feature in the catalog system. Unlike in...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/07/2006

Caching in the catalog system

The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system adds a new caching feature which caches frequently used...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/02/2006

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...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/31/2006

New catalog sequencing features in Commerce Server 2007

A while back I had written about sequencing products and categories in the feature pack and...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/30/2006

New catalog search features in Commerce Server 2007

One of my posts (Catalog classtypes and search functionality in the catalog system) described the...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/22/2006

Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 Release Candidate is now available

After several years of hardwork the Release candidate for Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 is now...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/20/2006

The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 ... Part III

  1. New features in Import Just as we provided a number of options in Export , we have provided a...

Author: vinayakt Date: 03/07/2006

The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 ... Part II

  1. New features in Export Import/Export is one of the features we took a new look at in Commerce...

Author: vinayakt Date: 03/06/2006

The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 ... Part I

Commerce Server 2007 offers the following major enhancements to the catalog system since Commerce...

Author: vinayakt Date: 03/05/2006

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...

Author: vinayakt Date: 03/04/2006

The COM objects in the product catalog system

The Catalog system basically has four main objects: 1. The CatalogManager object is the only...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/09/2005

More updates on Commerce Server 2006

Checkout this entry by Ryan Donovan, the Group Program Manager of Commerce Server for information...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/09/2005

Programming the Commerce Server Product Catalog System

This is the first in a series of posts on how you can program the product catalog system. The...

Author: vinayakt Date: 09/27/2005

Deploying a Secure Commerce Server Site

Recently there were a few posts in the newsgroups where users were not able to connect to sql server...

Author: vinayakt Date: 09/22/2005

Sequencing products and categories in the Commerce Server Feature Pack

Among the numerous cool features we added in the Commerce Server Feature Pack, one of them was the...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/25/2005

What the #$*!, is this virtual catalog name mangling?

I had seen a number of queries in the catalog newsgroups regarding productids and category names in...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/22/2005

Get Connected to Free Product Support and Tremendous Online Collaboration

Have you ever wanted to speak to Microsoft developers of a specific feature of Commerce Server? I am...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/22/2005

Do you want to be a part of a team which can provide you with exceptional growth opportunities?

We have an opening in our team for a Software Development Engineer. Additional information about...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/11/2005

It has been a long while ....

It has been a long while since I posted on my blog. The entire team had been very busy working on...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/26/2005

Virtual Catalogs in the catalog system

Introduced in CS2002, virtual catalogs replace the custom catalogs feature in CS2000. While custom...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/14/2004

Commerce Server : What's Next?

Four years back we shipped Commerce Server 2000. This was followed two years later by Commerce...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/07/2004

Commerce Server Resources

You might be interested in the following available resources on Commerce Server. 1. Case studies...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/06/2004

Base catalogs in the catalog system

Base catalogs, are used to store the products you want to sell on your site, categorize them into...

Author: vinayakt Date: 10/05/2004

Nominate your candidates for the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program

The Business Process and Integration Division is looking for industry leading experts in BizTalk...

Author: vinayakt Date: 08/17/2004

Catalogs in the catalog system .... Part I

Catalogs are used primarily to store and categorize products you want to sell on your site. There...

Author: vinayakt Date: 07/28/2004

Setting up your catalog schema

List of things to consider when designing your catalog schema. Since a property in the catalog...

Author: vinayakt Date: 07/15/2004

Definitions in the catalog system

Definitions, like properties form a part of the catalog schema definition. A catalog definition...

Author: vinayakt Date: 07/14/2004

Properties in the catalog system .... Part II

Extending Property definitions You can extend property definitions by adding user defined...

Author: vinayakt Date: 07/09/2004

Properties in the catalog system .... Part I

A property in the catalog system is used to define a specific characteristic of a product or a...

Author: vinayakt Date: 07/08/2004

Product catalog system: The logical components

This is the first in the series of articles which will describe the Product catalog system. Brief...

Author: vinayakt Date: 07/07/2004

Help us help you

Microsoft has recently started a Microsoft ISV Buddy Program which allows Microsoft employees to be...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/29/2004

How to display product properties on your runtime site?

When displaying products on your Commerce Server site it is often necessary to display additional...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/23/2004

Implementing the "Customers who bought this item also bought :" feature on your Commerce Server site

Most of the e-commerce sites display a list of products related to the current product using a...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/21/2004

Commerce server queries through my blog

I receieved a number of queries about the product catalog system through my blog.I am posting...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/19/2004

Do you like to be on the cutting edge and build on the latest Microsoft .NET platform?

Yes, we have another open position in our team. Additional information regarding this opening can be...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/18/2004

Join the Commerce Server team

We have an opening in our team. Job Title: Software Development Engineer/TestJob Code: 113777Job...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/13/2004

Resolution to some problems you might encounter when upgrading to the Commerce Server Feature Pack

This post contains resolution for a list of problems you might face when upgrading to the Feature...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/11/2004

Four easy steps to get started with the Commerce Server Feature Pack

Install and read the feature pack documentation: The Feature Pack is available as a free download...

Author: vinayakt Date: 06/10/2004

How to program the Marketing and Catalog web services?

A few people had asked this question “How to program the Marketing and catalog web...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/28/2004

Hop on the Commerce Server team

With the Feature Pack just released and as we start working on a new Commerce Server release this is...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/21/2004

The Times of India newspaper edition

For those of you (like me) who miss the Times of India, this is a link to the newspaper edition. You...

Author: vinayakt Date: 05/20/2004

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