To be honest I had been a bit lazy. In all the conversations I had had on the subject of editing AJAX loaded content with Experience Manager I had been told it could not be done, so I didn’t even try. Until Jaime told me it was possible and I found out that its not even difficult. Continue reading
This post briefly introduces some tools for getting accurate estimates of running times for publishing pages when optimizing templates. There are certainly better ways to measure page publishing time than with a stopwatch!
In this post, we explore reusability of Dreamweaver and Razor Templates, as well as how to break up a single DWT or Razor design into multiple design building blocks, within the same template.
My current project has the ambition to use almost every aspect of the SDL Web suite of products, from plain old Tridion through Audience Manager, SDL Mobile, SmartTarget and finally Campaign Manager – and of course all working via Experience Manager, to provide inline editing and contextual preview.
When looking at how these integrate, all roads lead to… The Ambient Data Framework. SDL provides a number of off-the-shelf cartridges which have varying degrees of mystery – this post aims to clear the mist and describe a little bit more than you get from the docs.
The whole idea of the reference implementation was to make your life (the life of a SDL Tridion developer) easier. But sometimes people make mistakes, and then the end result can be slightly more difficult than it was intended to be.
This blog post is not so much a confession of what I did wrong, but more intended to help you see how easy things can be changed when the tool you use was designed to be simple and modular.
1. It’s amazing these websites have content like this backed-up and ready to go.
2. They should have been using Tridion, there’s a load of ways in which this could have been prevented.
So whilst I’d like to talk more about the content strategy around number 1 (it’s actually quite brilliant and I wonder who else is already written up), I’m going to be talking more how you can save yourself this embarrassment using SDL Tridion.
The SDL Tridion Reference Implementation (TRI) comes with out of the box controllers for loading and rendering pure content-based models. However, most web applications need to blend content with data from other sources before rendering. TRI is designed with this in mind, this post introduces the pattern for creating custom controllers which merge CMS managed content with external data.
The MVPs got to grips with the SDL Tridion Reference implementation (TRI ) while on the yearly retreat in Portugal a couple of weeks back. In between getting people up and running with this new SDL Tridion product, I knocked up a Controller implementation to pull content/data as JSON from the web application.
Today I had to write a small piece of code to generate a local file system based on the structure of a given Tridion folder. It’s a throwaway bit of code but I thought it might be useful to someone out there at some point in their lives (or myself in the future), so i figured why not share it here?