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A lesson I’ve learned the hard way is that being product manager for a product like EPiServer CMS with thousands of dedicated developers and editors, your life tend to get rather busy. At least mine does. Dozens of meetings, presentations, customer interviews, conferences, requirement docs and an obscene amount of travel days. And although it can be both rewarding and fun it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds . This means that it’s been difficult to do all my usual “fun stuff” like coding open source projects and blogging about it – and I’ve sadly had to watch my status on the “Top Bloggers” board on EPiServer World go down. Obviously, I can’t have that – so in the hope that July means “Swedes are out of the office on strangely long vacations and I won’t be all that busy product manager’ing” I’ll now declare it the “Summer of Code” and start pushing out a series of blog posts with a lot of small goodies that I’ve had in mind for a long time. If you like me find yourself with a little time on your hand this July, bring your laptop out into the sun, fire up Visual Studio and join the Summer of Code. I’ll buy a cold beer to anyone who launches a cool, useful – and easily installable – module for EPiServer CMS this July. Don’t make me drink all the beers myself.
Todays’ effort included upgrading the Mapped Page Provider project to take advantage of the Dynamic Data Store – and wrap it in a nice little NuGet Package.
As you might recall, the Mapped Page Provider is a new base class to use when creating custom page providers, that makes it a lot easier to expose an existing data source as pages in the CMS. With the Mapped provider you don’t need to deal with all the nitty-gritty of Guids, ID’s, Urls, etc yourself – but rather just connect string-keys with home-brewed page-data objects.
A little while ago I was playing around trying to make a little source-code-browser (which might eventually be available if I manage to get the right political buy-in for it) and it seemed natural to expose the source-code copied to a VPP through a PageProvider in order to get nice looking urls – and easy navigation through the source. Using the Mapped Provider it didn’t take long to turn a VPP with source files into a PageTree in the CMS:
Other things lined up for this month (if time permits):
Happy summer everybody!