With the release of SDL Tridion 2013 SP1, we get a lot of new functionality. One of the interesting features I found was the ability to decommission a Publication Target. This feature is added to the Core Service, and currently not directly available from the UI. Which sounded like a good exercise to make a UI extension, with which you can call this new method.
December is the time to look back, and if you have been doing a sprint of 365 days, now is the time to start to think about the retrospective. That is exactly what the MVP Selection Panel is doing right now. To select the new MVP’s for the SDL Tridion MVP Award program, we need to evaluate each nominee’s voluntary contribution to the SDL Tridion community over the past 12 months. Which is why I would like to mention, it is not too late.
In my previous post about ECL, I’ve discussed querying ECL Metadata in the Broker, by making it available as part of the Multimedia (stub) Component Metadata. Now in that post I explained how it could be copied at Publishing time and the “evil” twists that process came with. In this post I’ll discuss an optional approach, using the SDL Tridion Event System which makes the process of copying external metadata to (normal) metadata less evil (just the process, not the fact that we do it ;o).
During the 2013 SDL Tridion MVP retreat I’ve worked on the FBI extension, also known as the BFF framework. Now some of you might think that all the MVPs do during that event is drink and have fun, which is actually right. The MVPs, love SDL Tridion, they love to code, they like to have fun and they enjoy a drink while they talk. So while at the retreat, they are actually in their natural element since everybody likes the same things and those things are all actually done during their stay (sometimes at the same time). Mind you coding and drinking don’t always mix, liquids dripping out of a laptop is one of the least fun things we actually saw this year.
As by now you all have gathered, the annual MVP retreat has started and 16 MVPs are currently hard at work in a castle in Óbidos, Portugal. Our team, is working on what was defined on LinkedIn as Custom Editor Screens, for which we chose the working title Tridion Field Behavior Injection (available as open source on Google code of course).
I have been working on a demo image for a workshop I had to give about 2013 and Experience Manager. To make it a true educational example, I didn’t just reuse bits of existing implementations, but basically redesigned most from scratch. Keeping an eye on simplicity to make it all easy to explain and thus simple to understand, while still following the best practices. For most this was still quite straight forward, but when crossing the topic of Experience Manager I actually came to a few new insights which I thought where worth sharing.
Managing product information in your CMS is always a big topic for discussion. Typically a CMS is not suited for managing product data like price and stock, on the other hand not every PIM system has the ability to manage multilingual descriptions of your products that you might want to display on your website or product catalog. So combining two systems is obviously the thing to do here. Nothing new under the sun there, but with the release of SDL Tridion 2013 we have ECL which can shed a complete new light on this topic.
I came across a nice library that allows you to create and manipulate PDF documents. Apart from creating PDF documents from scratch, you can also read existing ones, convert XML to PDF, fill out interactive PDF forms, stamp new content on existing PDF documents, split and merge existing PDF documents, and much more. The best part of it is that there is a C# port available which is open source, it’s called iTextSharp. Now I haven’t explored all features of it, like PDF creation, but so far it already looks very usable.