Create Visual Studio extensions using the Visual Studio SDK

Visual Studio plugins and extensions are kind of tools which could make our work easier and much more efficient. With the VSIX Project Templates in Visual Studio SDK, we are able to extend the functionality of Visual Studio and to create own features. Every developer using Visual Studio could implement tools according to his needs.

In this article we will create an extension, which provide the possibility to create links next to a comment in the Visual Studio Editor.
The created links are depending on configured terms and key words, which gives the developer some kind of an extended functionality to make the daily business easier and to save precious time.
We will see at first how to create an extension for Visual Studio, then how to work with this Extension.

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Customized Sitecore Search View – List Buckets Values in Dynamic Placeholders

Many of you know this problem: We have a bucket containing items and we want to visualize the items in a list with all values and not only the standard properties like:

  • Template
  • Location
  • Version
  • Created
  • By
  • Language

The magic words to do this, is „Dynamic Placeholder“!


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Sitecore – Upgrade from Sitecore 6.6 to 8.2

First of all some words about Sitecore and Upgrades
When I was a beginner in Sitecore developement, the Sitecore world stands almost still for several months to years with the release of Sitecore 6.5.
So what I want to say with that is the product was more or less very stable with few small issues and no big need to update the solution for business or technical reasons.
What we did was creating wonderfull solutions without thinking to much about „how we will update/upgrade this in the future“. In my opinion Sitecore haven’t done the same in that dimension they have to do it now.
Often a Sitecore infrastructure consists of a single server instance with two – maybe three – environments (development and production) which was easy to maintain and handle.
Years go along management environements separate from delivery machines more and more, single server instances disappear in many cases to high scalable solutions with multiple servers for webapplications, sql servers, mongodb instances. Publishing instances and third party products not included.
On the other hand, we all get a little bit older: the employees searched for new challenges in other companies and you remember them only from some years ago.

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Sitecore Usergroup Deutschland-Treffen in Frankfurt vom 31.08.2017

Die Sitecore Usergroup Deutschland traf sich zum dritten Mal in diesem Jahr.  Diesmal am 31. August 2017 in Frankfurt am Main. Das Treffen mit etwa 40 Teilnehmern fand in der Nähe der Frankfurt Messe, im Kino „Orfeos Erben“ statt. Ein … Weiterlesen

NitroNet and NitroNet for Sitecore 1.1.1 Released

We at Namics are pleased to announce a new stable release of NitroNet and NitroNet for Sitecore. If you have never heard of NitroNet (for Sitecore) you can check out this link and this one. In the last 12 months we have … Weiterlesen

SUGCON Europe 2017 – Sitecore Cognitive Services

Microsoft bietet mittlerweile seit einer geraumer Zeit eine Fülle von „Cognitive Services“ an. Diese Services bieten in verschiedenen Bereichen wie Vision, Speech, Language, Knowledge und Search Funktionalität an, die kaum ohne Cloud Power ausführbar sind. Da es sich hierbei wirklich … Weiterlesen

Namics at SUGCON Europe 2017

Am Donnerstag 18.5 bis Freitag 19.5 hat in Amsterdam die SUGCON Europa 2017 stattgefunden. Dieses Sitecore User Group Treffen mit grob über den Daumen geschätzten 400-500 Teilnehmern aus ganz Europa und darüber hinaus die Austauschplattform zu aktuellen Sitecore Themen. Die … Weiterlesen

Fünfter Sitecore E-Business Community Roundtable in Zürich

Am Freitag, 05. Mai 2017 heisst es zum fünften Mal «WE ❤ SITECORE». Die Sitecore E-Business Community trifft sich im Au Premier am Zürcher Hauptbahnhof.

In der diesjährigen Ausführung dreht sich alles um die neuen Digital Marketing Features ab Sitecore 8 und die Gründe, die für einen Upgrade von einer früheren auf die aktuelle Version sprechen. Wie gewohnt werden die Inhalte von diversen Namics und Sitecore Experten anhand von Kundenbeispielen, Input-Referaten und Themen-Tischen präsentiert und mit der Community diskutiert.

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Sitecore PowerShell Extensions – Fieldtype Source Report

SPE Fieldtype Report

Sitecore Template Felder besitzen über das Source Feld zusätzliche Konfigurationen die Feldtyp spezifisch sind. Oft handelt es sich dabei um Referenzen auf einen Pfad, ein bestimmtes Item oder eine Auswahl von Items (Sitecore Query). Ein oft verwendetes Beispiel wäre das … Weiterlesen