With SDL Tridion (R)5.3 and the introduction of Modular/Compound Templates, the way of doing templates as radically changed, no longer we had to use an old and obsolete technology such as VBScript. We could finally use .NET and Visual Studio to write template code as well as introduce “new” technologies such as XSLT with the help of Mediators (see XSLT Mediator).
One of the biggest advantages of this change is the ability to reuse existing code in a structured and clear way. Logic can be placed in dedicated classes, OO concepts can be leveraged for inheritance, encapsulation and more.
This led to the TemplateBase class which I and many others have been using for several years now. Around it I have also grouped additional classes to support reuse of common functionality that can be carried from one implementation project to another. This is known as the Templating Base Project.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Templatebase class and the Templating Base Project I suggest you hurry and get yourself over to SDLTridionWorld.com and download the code now – Template Base Project
Continue reading “Calling all Tridion Developers”
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:
Continue reading “The Item Xml Display Tridion GUI Extension”
A relatively unknown feature of the Tridion CMS product is the GUI extensibility framework.
This is actually a fantastic feature which allows us to create and supplement the user interface with just about any type of addition we can think of.
It is pretty unknown because of the lack of documentation but with a little bit of investigation work it is possible to find all sorts of treasures we can use to extend the current GUI.
Here’s one example that is already available on the SDLTridionWorld website’s Community eXtensions section: “Republish from publish queue”, this nifty extension gives users the ability to republish items directly from the queue instead of the normal way of locating the item within the folder or structuregroup hierarchy.
The extension framework is quite robust (not without limitations of course) and allows us to add toolbar items, context menu options, tree nodes or simply run scripts that can do just about anything.
In this article I’m focusing on the latter, adding a scripted extension to do different tasks.
jQuery’s CSS selectors and methods for DOM manipulation are exactly the tools to help us create Tridion GUI extensions quickly and with relative ease.
The way the extension framework is built allows us to create a jQuery extension that can be reused by other extensions.
Continue reading “Using jQuery for Tridion GUI Extensions”
In this article I would like to concentrate mainly on extension objects; a little bit on what they are and how to make use of these in conjunction with the XSLT Mediator. Continue reading Implementing the XSLT Mediator – Part 2
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
In case you’re wondering what it is I do everyday when i go to work this post should give you an example. Continue reading fraunhofer.de goes live June 23rd with Tridion