Virtual Catalogs in the catalog system

Introduced in CS2002, virtual catalogs replace the custom catalogs feature in CS2000. While custom catalogs allowed you to create another instance of the base catalog with different pricing rules virtual catalogs allow you to aggregate content from one or more base catalogs, define inclusion and exclusion rules, define pricing rules on the included items and…

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Commerce Server : What’s Next?

    Four years back we shipped Commerce Server 2000. This was followed two years later by Commerce Server 2002. Commerce Server 2002 added powerful new features like multilingual, multicurrency capabilities, virtual catalogs, expanded profiling system, improved data analytics, business desk security to name a few.However the most significant addition to Commerce Server 2002 was .NET support,…

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Commerce Server Resources

You might be interested in the following available resources on Commerce Server.   1. Case studies Organizations come in all sizes and industries, each with its own business need. Follow the above link to learn how Commerce Server can meet the needs of an organization like yours.   2. CS2002 Whitepaper on Multi-Developer team setup This document contains…

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Base catalogs in the catalog system

Base catalogs, are used to store the products you want to sell on your site, categorize them into different categories, sequence/rank child products, categories and variants, define relationships between products and categories, define prices for products and categories.   The following are the key concepts in a base catalog Categories are primarily used to categorize products and other…

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Nominate your candidates for the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program

The Business Process and Integration Division is looking for industry leading experts in BizTalk Server, Commerce Server and Host Integration Server. We are looking for individuals to nominate as candidates for the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program.     The Microsoft MVP Program is a worldwide award and recognition program that strives to identify amazing…

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Catalogs in the catalog system …. Part I

    Catalogs are used primarily to store and categorize products you want to sell on your site. There are two types of catalogs you can create in the catalog system. Base catalogs, are used to store the products you want to sell on your site, categorize them into different categories, sequence/rank child products, categories and variants, define…

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Setting up your catalog schema

List of things to consider when designing your catalog schema.   Since a property in the catalog system translates to a column in a sql server table you should  restrict the number of properties in your catalog system. This can be achieved by sharing the properties across product and category definitions. For eg instead of creating…

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Definitions in the catalog system

        Definitions, like properties form a part of the catalog schema definition. A catalog definition consists of a collection of properties and serves as a template for creating products and categories in a catalog. There are two types of definitions: Category definitions which are used to create categories. Product definitions which are used to create…

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Properties in the catalog system …. Part II

Extending Property definitions        You can extend property definitions by adding user defined attributes. For eg you can add a user defined boolean attribute named IsActive to mark a property as being active or not. User defined attributes to property definitions can be added by using the CatalogManager.AddPropertyAttribute method.   Multilingual support for properties is provided…

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Properties in the catalog system …. Part I

       A property in the catalog system is used to define a specific characteristic of a product or a category in a catalog. For eg. a property named Description can be used to describe a product or a category in a catalog. Properties can be grouped together in a definition, which then serves as a template for…

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