Since Tridion 2011 has been released with its shiny new GUI framework everyone and their sister have either been creating or thinking about creating extensions. I myself have been heavily involved in creating some.
Traditionally, extensions for the most part are islands of functionality; code is typically hardly ever reused. This is something I’d like to improve. With the advancement of the Tridion framework and by following OO practices, it’s possible to create reusable code, frameworks and more, the sky it the limit really.
A few weeks ago I thought about customizing GUI extensions. As extensions mature it will make sense to allow Tridion users, whether administrators or business, the ability to make changes to extensions’ behavior, to turn functionalities on and off and more, without having to change the underlying code. This led to… *drumroll* … The Extensions Manager.
Continue reading “One Extension to Rule them All”
The new 2011 Tridion GUI framework is a major overhaul to the way extensions have been previously developed. The framework now is far more robust and well designed. Building new and exciting extensions has never been easier. However, configuring your extension may not be the easiest thing in the world to do…
The following tutorial steps show how to configure an extension for the Tridion 2011 GUI from start to finish.
The example configuration and code is based on my extension: The Item XML Display.
Continue reading “Setting up a Tridion 2011 GUI extension in 8 steps”
About a month ago I happily shared a GUI extension I’ve built for Tridion 2009 called the Item XML Display extension.
This extension lets a user (typically a developer) view the entire XML structure of a Tridion item from within the GUI without the need to open a new IE window or having a remote session to the CM server.
If you’re one of those already using this extension and have been dreading the moment Tridion 2011 will come out and you will be left without being able to quickly view items’ XML, fear not! I got you covered:
Continue reading “My First Attempt at Tridion 2011 GUI Extensions”
Continuing my recent trend of Tridion GUI extensions,
I give you the “Item XML Display” extension:
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Lately I’ve worked on a Gravatar library for .NET which I released in July. I have also recently had the chance to work on Tridion GUI extensions for a customer.
This got me thinking; wouldn’t it be cool to integrate the two? Almost immediately I thought; yes, it will be cool!
So I’ve set to work on a nice GUI extension that will bring Gravatar to Tridion users and give the GUI a bit of a social touch make it feel more personalized by displaying a personalized photo for each user.
And so the integration is really 3 different extensions that can be each used individually or together.
Current User Photo
The first integration shows the Gravatar photo for the current user logged on to the Content Manager Explorer:
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In the next few articles I plan on showing how to use the XSLT Mediator which Im currently maintaining as an eXtension available on SDLTridion World.
This is the first part in a series of at least 3 articles; in following articles I will mainly be discussing how to extend the XSLT transformation with .NET code. Continue reading Implementing the XSLT Mediator – Part 1