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Saturday, September 2, 2017PrintSubscribe
CMS (Site Content) Configuration

Applications created with Code On Time may be configured to have a built-in CMS (Content Management System). The purpose of the CMS is to store runtime configuration of an application, which can include:

  • Dynamic HTML pages
  • Images
  • Documents
  • Scripts
  • Dynamic Access Control Rules
  • Data Controller Customization
  • Sitemaps
  • OAuth registrations
  • Workflow registrations
  • Etc…

The CMS data requires a database table called SiteContent (or SITE_CONTENT, site_content). Application generator provides a built-in facility to install the required table in the project database. Follow the instructions below to install the CMS into new or existing projects.

On the home page of the app generator, click on the project name. Select “Settings”, then press “Database Connection”. Tap the “…” button next to the Connection String input.

Opening the connection string settings.,

Under “Membership” section, press the “Add” button.

Adding membership.

Under the “Content Management System”,  press the “Add” button.

Adding the Content Management System tables.

Confirm the installation to add the required table to your database. Once complete, press “OK” to save the connection string, and press “Finish” to skip to the “Summary” page.

It is necessary to refresh the project to ensure the new pages and controllers are present. Press “Refresh”, and confirm.

Refreshing the project.

Upon completion, proceed to regenerate the app. A new page called “Site Content” will now be available to the admin account or any other user with the role “Administrators”.

Site Content page is now available to administrators.

Thursday, August 10, 2017PrintSubscribe
Simple Search With Super Powers

This is the simple search window in an app created with Code On Time. Enter a sample value in the search box and hit Enter key to locate the matching records. Tap outside to dismiss the search mode.

This effective and easy to use feature is gaining some super powers starting with the next release.

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Search suggestions are presented to the user as the sample value is entered. Application framework builds a list of suggestions from the data currently loaded in the view to avoid costly server-side roundtrips.

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Suggestions of previously searched criteria will be promoted in the matches as the user executes searches.

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End users can limit search to specific fields by prefixing the search criteria with the first letters of the data field name separated from the search value with a “colon” symbol.

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Users can enter complex phrases separated with “comma” to find their data.

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“More” button on the right side of the input opens “Advanced Search” form to allow entering precise criteria with more finesse.

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“Advanced Search” is also automatically activated when the data view is set to “Search On Start”. Tag the data view as “search-on-start-simple” if you want to keep “Simple Search” as the default search option.

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End users switch from “Advanced Search” back to “Simple Search” by selecting “Show Less” in the context menu.

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Friday, July 21, 2017PrintSubscribe
Addendum for 8.6.5.0 Release Notes

Some additional information is available below on the fixes and new features present in release 8.6.5.0.

  • New Feature: Support for Report Viewer 2016. Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 RDLC editor automatically upconverts RDLC files to the latest format, incompatible with earlier versions of Report Viewer. Starting in 8.6.5.0, .NET 4.5 or 4.6 apps created on a computer with VS2017 installed will be prompted to automatically download Report Viewer 2016 Runtime and SQL CLR Types 2016. The required files will be copied into the ~/bin folder of the app.

  • New Feature: Support for Microsoft Graph OAuth Handler. Microsoft Graph offers a single API to offer Single Sign-On for users with a Microsoft, Windows Live, Office, Azure, or Azure Active Directory accounts. Simplified instructions are as follows:

    a. Add SiteContent to your app, if not already enabled. 
    b. Register your app at https://apps.dev.microsoft.com
    c. Copy the Application Id. This is your Client ID.
    d. Generate a new password. This is your Client Secret.
    e. Press “Add Platform”. Select “Web”. Enter the Redirect URL of “https://[yourwebsite]/appservices/saas/msgraph”
    f. Insert the following record to the SiteContent table:
        File Name: msgraph
        Path: sys/saas
        Text:
           Tenant ID: [TenantID or “common”]
           Client ID: [ApplicationID]
           Client Secret: [Press “Generate New Password”]
        Redirect Uri: [URL of site]/appservices/saas/msgraph        
           
    d. Append “Sync Roles: true”, save the record, reselect, and push “ADD SYSTEM IDENTITY” if you desire to synchronize groups from your Azure AD or Office system.       
    e. Open the login form. The button “LOGIN WITH MICROSOFT” will now be visible.

  • Corrected detection of Visual Studio 2017 and MSBuild tools in order to resolve compilation and publishing issues.

  • Apps with Active Directory Membership will no longer throw “asp_CheckSchema” exception.

  • “Membership uses standalone database” option will now stay selected.

  • BusinessRules.UserId will no longer throw an exception if the user is not logged in.

  • RowFilterOperation.IsEmpty and IsNotEmpty have been added.

  • Developers can now copy controller views onto pages in the Project Designer.

  • DotNetNuke projects compile correctly.

  • “Select All” option displayed in basket lookups.

  • Action “Select” with When Last Command Name of “Update” now works correctly in reopening the form after a record is updated.

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