Securing the catalog system

The authorization model is another new feature in the Commerce Server 2007 catalog system which allows you to protect your catalog data from being accessed by unauthorized users. Since we decided to expose the functionality of the catalog system over the web service it became imperative to ensure that only authorized users can access the catalog…

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Improving the catalog search experience in Commerce Server 2007

Two years back in this post on fulltext search in the catalog system, I had explained how fulltext searches are performed in the catalog system and added the following comment “Providing an increased number of search features/conditions is something we are looking forward to, in the upcoming releases. This should allow you to specify more complex…

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Implementing Thesaurus support in the catalog system

Sql Server 2005 now provides Thesaurus support through configurable xml files. In a nutshell  the Thesaurus feature allows you to search for synonyms of the search phrase or replace the search phrase with a replacement phrase and perform the search using the replacement phrase.  These synonyms and replacements can be configured using the xml files.See this link for configuring the…

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New Catalogset features in Commerce Server 2007

The catalogsets feature is probably the least known feature in the catalog system. Unlike in previous versions, the catalogsets feature is now  tightly integrated with the catalog sytsem. We have also provided a managed API to create, edit and delete catalog sets.This functionality is also available through the catalog web service. In addition you can now export…

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Caching in the catalog system

The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system adds a new caching feature which caches frequently used datasets.     What is cached?             In order to prevent repeated calls to the sql server the catalog system caches the results of various methods in the catalog system. These results are cached in the form of datasets. The catalog…

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New Virtual catalog features in Commerce Server 2007

Virtual catalogs is a key feature we improved upon in Commerce Server 2007 to allow you to further customize your base and virtual catalogs. These features will enable additional  scenarios which were not possible in previous versions. If you are not familiar with virtual catalogs, read this post. The following new features have been added…

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New catalog sequencing features in Commerce Server 2007

A while back I had written about sequencing products and categories in the feature pack and mentioned a few features that were not supported. I am happy to say that we have now addressed all the limitations I had mentioned in this post and also added a couple of new features. The following are the…

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New catalog search features in Commerce Server 2007

One of my posts (Catalog classtypes and search functionality in the catalog system) described the search functionality in previous versions of the catalog system. We have now made the following enhancements to the search functionality. Incidentally, all these new features were driven by feedback from our customers. 1. Ability to search more than one category in one or more catalogs:  Commerce…

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Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 Release Candidate is now available

After several years of hardwork the Release candidate for Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 is now available for public download. The details of the download location and the name change from Microsoft Commerce Server 2006 to Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 can be found in Ryan’s post. The team had been pretty busy for the past several weeks…

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The new catalog system in Commerce Server 2007 … Part III

6. New features in Import Just as we provided a number of options in Export , we have provided a similar number of options for Import.  1. Importing from client machines: The Commerce Server 2007 catalog system now allows you to import data from client machines. The client side import functionality has been built in the catalog system and…

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