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Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development

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Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development

Overview of this book

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 postingÔø???s template Build a recycle bin Deal with links to deleted resources Update a postingÔø???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
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

About the Reviewers

Mick Badran has been performing Microsoft technical classroom-based training for more than nine years, and has over 12 years commercial development experience in various languages. Mick has been consulting for Microsoft in areas of CMS, SPS, and BizTalk for over four years. Mick also specializes in customized training in these areas.

He can be reached at and would love to hear your feedback.

Spencer Harbar is an MCSD.NET, MCSE, and MVP for MCMS, with over ten years commercial experience of architecture, design, development, deployment, and operational support of web-based applications, and hosting platforms for some of Europe’s largest organizations.

Spencer maintains —an MCMS resources portal—and is active in the public newsgroups. His experience of MCMS goes back to the days of NCompass Resolution, and he has been involved in many enterprise implementations. Selected clients include Barclays Bank plc, ScottishPower plc, Microsoft, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, HBOS, Centrica, BASF, and The Automobile Association.

Currently working as an independent consultant, Spencer delivers enterprise content management and portal systems architecture, design, development, and deployment solutions, application security best practices, threat modeling, and the implementation of highly available Windows Server System-based hosting platforms.

Spencer resides in Edinburgh, UK, and blogs at .

David Mielcarek is employed as the Internet/Domain Administrator at Lower Columbia College in Washington State. Most of the time, he utilizes one of ten programming languages to get the job done.

Starting his career as a telecommunications cryptologist in the Air Force, he merged into the corporate world. Following a term with Lockheed, he increased his abilities by taking on larger positions. In 1994, the Internet became his mainstay, and it remains so to this day.

Juggling an educational position, outside-work through his site, and raising a family of three kids, 11 cats, two dogs, and two rats allows little time for his love of drawing. You can often find him taking his short breaks at the nearest table to pencil something in his art pad.

Chester Ragel is a Computer Professional, obtaining his degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. He is an MCSD.NET holder, and enjoys working with Microsoft technologies.

Chester contributes to the MCMS community and several IT Magazines. He lives in Sri Lanka and can be found blogging at .

Christopher Walker is a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Services, providing specialist advice on integrated portal solutions (SharePoint, MCMS, BizTalk, and InfoPath). Christopher has a background in portal development and technologies with Unisys and a portal software ISV.

Christopher contributes to the community through his blog at , providing real solutions to customers using Microsoft technologies.

Christopher lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Joel Ward works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a technical manager and developer. Joel likes to work on ASP.NET, MCMS, and SharePoint projects, and he helped create a .NET user group at Booz Allen. He has a background in design, programming, and architecture, and has worked with MCMS since its first release in 2001.

As a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, Joel is acknowledged by peers and Microsoft for his active participation in the technical communities around the globe. Joel lives in Virginia in the United States.