Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development
Working with the Publishing API, Placeholders, Search, Web Services, RSS, and SharePoint Integration
By Andrew Connell, Angus Logan, Lim Mei Ying, Stefan Goßner
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: November 2005
Pages: 544

In Detail

Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 is a dynamic web publishing system with which you can build websites quickly and cost-efficiently. MCMS provides the administration, authoring, and data management functionality, and you provide the website interface, logic, and workflow.  Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) also features in the book. SPS 2003 enables enterprises to deploy an intelligent portal that seamlessly connects users, teams, and knowledge so that people can take advantage of relevant information across business processes to help them work more efficiently.

You've mastered the basics of MCMS, and setup your own MCMS installation. You've only scratched the surface. This book is your gateway to squeezing every penny from your investment in MCMS and SPS, and making these two applications work together to provide an outstanding richness of content delivery and easy maintainability.

As a developer, the Publishing API (PAPI) is at the heart of your work with MCMS, and this book starts by taking you on the most detailed tour of the PAPI you will find anywhere. As a live example, a component that reveals the structure of your MCMS site is created, taking you through how to manage the common elements of MCMS programmatically.

Getting SharePoint and MCMS to work together is the next stop in the book. You will see how to use SharePoint's search engine to search MCMS content, publish content between the two systems, and create SharePoint Web Parts to draw content from MCMS.

To ease your everyday work with MCMS, there are chapters on placeholder validation, and some useful custom placeholders for common MCMS tasks, such as a date-time picker, a placeholder for multiple attachments, and a DataGrid placeholder among others.

There are a number of ways to consume MCMS content from the outside world, and we look at two exciting ways here; RSS and InfoPath/Web Services. The InfoPath solution provides another interface to MCMS content that allows content authors to concentrate on content and not the presentation.

The book is rounded off with a number of must-have MCMS tips and tricks.

  • Revert a posting to a previous version
  • Change a posting's template
  • Build a recycle bin
  • Deal with links to deleted resources
  • Update a posting's properties directly from a template file
  • Re-write ugly URLs to friendly URLs
  • Export resource gallery items using the site deployment API (SDAPI)
  • Configure the position and size of the Web Author Console Dialogs
  • Get frames and IFrames to work correctly in a template file

Following on from "Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server", this book takes MCMS development to a higher level of both power and integration. Like its predecessor, this book is packed with code examples and never-before seen secrets of MCMS. Years of active participation in MCMS newsgroups and mailing lists mean that the authors' hard-won experience puts them in the ideal position to tell you what you really need to know as you build more advanced MCMS applications.

Who this book is for

This book is written for developers who want to the skills to fully exploit the power of MCMS and SPS. The book presumes a working knowledge of MCMS, the .NET Framework and familiarity with the C# language. All the code examples are in C#.

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