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Commerce Server – x64 Pipeline Component Issue
When developing Commerce Server Pipeline Components one of the biggest issues people face is the lack of description you receive when they throw exceptions. One of the most confusing error messages you can receive however is: Pipeline Error: Component Execution failed for component[0x2] hr: 0x0 CLSID: {2E71930F-3B01-403D-B601-E3... Could not create Component . This may be a component registration issue What's more confusing is this error is relatively simple to correct. The actually exception ......

Posted On Monday, August 16, 2010 10:47 AM

Using an alternate search platform in Commerce Server 2009
Although Microsoft Commerce Server 2009's architecture is built upon Microsoft SQL Server, and has the full power of the SQL Full Text Indexing Search Platform, there are time however when you may require a richer or alternate search platform. One of these scenarios if when you want to implement a faceted (refinement) search into your site, which provides dynamic refinements based on the search results dataset. Faceted search is becoming popular in most online retail environments as a way of providing ......

Posted On Sunday, April 11, 2010 6:06 PM

Building a Distributed Commerce Infrastructure in the Cloud using Azure and Commerce Server
One of the biggest questions I routinely get asked is how scalable Commerce Server is. Of course the text book answer is the product has been around for 10 years, powers some of the largest e-Commerce websites in the world, so it scales horizontally extremely well. One argument however though is what if you can't predict the growth of demand required of your Commerce Platform, or need the ability to scale up during busy seasons such as Christmas for a retail environment but are hesitant on maintaining ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 11:42 AM

Building the Commerce Server Community
One of the biggest successes of any technology platform is the success of its communities that back it, and in my opinion this has been one of the biggest contributing factors of SharePoint's ever growing popularity. So in contract if you look at the community effort for a product such as Commerce Server, which itself is a niche – but one that is now starting to head into mainstream with the achievements of Commerce Server 2009 and its alignment with both the SharePoint family, and moving into the ......

Posted On Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:04 PM

XSL Transformation in Commerce Server 2009
Recently on the MSDN forums a question was raised about how to re-style the Commerce Server catalogue when using Commerce Server 2009 within a SharePoint environment. Those who are familiar with SharePoint and web-parts may have reasonable knowledge around the use of XSLT and apply a style sheet to the web parts parameters, however out –of-the-box this becomes a little challenging for people new to the product. To demonstrate how to achieve a basic XSLT transformation, I will demonstrate splitting ......

Posted On Saturday, October 3, 2009 6:17 PM

Developing with Commerce Server 2009 and ASP.NET
Commerce Server 2009 was the single biggest upgrade to the Microsoft e-commerce platform in nearly 10 years. A large proportion of the changes are the introduction of a single API covering the multiple business logic implementations required within an e-Commerce site. In former releases business concepts such as inventory, catalogue, order management, user profiling, and marketing had each been separated into their own domain logic and thus each had a unique API which made it difficult for new developers ......

Posted On Saturday, September 12, 2009 3:32 PM

Commerce Server 2009 R2 CTP available for download
The Commerce Team have been working hard, and the second release of the 2009 Commerce Server product has now hit CTP. The team are also currently looking for Microsoft client's to assist in the on-going development of this release by participating in the Microsoft Commerce Server TAP program. The latest release of the product which is rumoured to be set for release in early 2010 now includes: In-line Catalogue editor: a feature we saw introduced after the initial release of CS 2009 on Codeplex, the ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 8, 2009 9:01 AM

The What, Why, Where and, How of Commerce Server 2009

Introduction to Commerce Server 2009, and the start of my tutorial series into the CS 2009 framework.

Posted On Sunday, June 21, 2009 6:08 PM

Running Commerce Server 2009 on Windows 7
I recently upgraded to Windows 7 for my primary dev machine, however I recently run into a few problems trying to a developer version of Commerce Server 2009 get working locally. I think however I finally managed to hack it sufficiently to get it working. Here is how to do it [please not however these are registry hacks, and render your product unsupported, so you should do so carefully and only on non-production machines. Please back up your registry before making any edits]: You can only install ......

Posted On Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:10 AM

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