Content Management System

The general purpose Content Management System keeps track of the permanent and temporary content.

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Content Management System
Tuesday, May 10, 2022PrintSubscribe
Site Content CMS

Business applications require a generic mechanism to store various types of system content. User avatars, access tokens, and dynamic configuration settings are just a few examples of such content

The built-in Content Management System allows applications created with Code On Time to keep track of identity consumers, authentication providers, user avatars, access tokes, authorization requests, etc.

The single table named SiteContent acts as a file system for the app. The FileName and Path columns describe the virtual file location. The data is stored either in the Text column or in the binary Data column. The ContentType provides the MIME type information explaining the purpose of the data.

Virtual files in the Content Management System are described with the "Path" and "FileName". The data is stored either in the "Text" or in the binary "Data" columns. CMS marks the virtual files with the "CreatedDate" and "ModifiedDate" assigned to DateTime.UtcNow when the "files" are created and modified.
Virtual files in the Content Management System are described with the "Path" and "FileName". The data is stored either in the "Text" or in the binary "Data" columns. CMS marks the virtual files with the "CreatedDate" and "ModifiedDate" assigned to DateTime.UtcNow when the "files" are created and modified.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021PrintSubscribe
December / January 2022 Roadmap

We are happy to introduce the Level 3 REST API Engine, the new amazing feature of Code On Time apps. Automatic production of Progressive Web Apps and the barcode scanning with the device camera will follow shortly 

Level 3 REST API Engine

The work on our own content management system and numerous inquiries from customers have prompted us to build a new REST API Engine. It is built directly into the server-side framework and exemplifies an exceptional piece of technology. Your app converts into powerful middleware with just a few keystrokes. The API of the app evolves as you create new data models and customize your app with actions and views. The new engine classifies as the Level 3 REST API according to the Richardson Maturity Model

The hypermedia links are self-documenting the API. Developers can extend their own Code On Time app frontend with the help of the built-in RESTful interface. Alternatively the entire application can become the backend of a custom mobile or web client making HTTP requests to the REST API to read and write data.

Here is an example of an application resource with the hypermedia controls embedded in it. The singleton of a product has the hypermedia links for the SupplierID and CategoryID lookup fields. Links to “edit”, “replace”, “delete”, and execute a custom action “custom-action2” are also available with the corresponding HTTP methods.

This is the same data item presented in the editForm1 view of the Products controller. Change the form and the API will change automatically.

The inventory resource corresponding to the dashboard controller Inventory is presented next. It has Categories, Products, and Suppliers fields of the dataview type and an alternative dashboard2 view. 

This is how the Inventory dashboard looks like in the application when running in the development mode.

The standard frontend of your application provides the visual interpretation of its  REST API resources. Naturally you can use this frontend as the primary user interface for your application or create custom mobile or web apps using the technology of your choice.

The new REST API engine produces the responses in JSON, Yaml, and XML formats.

Future releases of the product will include a complete GraphQL runtime that will convert the queries and mutations into the internal REST API calls.

Barcode Scanning With Device Camera

Your apps will finally have an option to scan the barcodes and QR codes without relying on the external scanners. The powerful UI Automation and Kiosk UI already available to the app developers are getting a boost! The QR code icon on the toolbar activates the camera-based scanner powered by the Zxing (zebra crossing) library.  

The camera scanner icon is available when barcode support is enabled. Developers will also have an option to automatically activate the scanner when a particular form is displayed or a field is focused. The scanned barcodes and QR codes are placed in the barcode processing queue, which is also populated by the external scanners and readers.

The simple and powerful IfThisThenThat API allows creating complex rules that force the UI of the app to perform various actions in response to the contents of the barcode queue.

Automatic Production of PWA 

We are finally bringing a unified native experience to Android, Chrome OS, and Windows. Code On Time apps are getting built-in support for Progressive Web Apps technology. Users running your application in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome will see a prompt to install the app. Installed applications will have no address bar and will behave just like any native application does.

We will continue to support the Cloud On Time universal client for Apple and Mac OS platforms. 

Last But Not Least

REST API engine provides the missing building block for the Content Hub, the new Content Management System (CMS) for Code On Time applications. The new CMS will infuse them with the community forum, help desk, blog, and documentation library. 

Our website will move to our own technology. The documentation library and community forum will become integrated into New live design environment v9 integrates with the Content Hub to deliver the unmatched level of productivity when building applications with Code On Time. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017PrintSubscribe
DotNetNuke + Code On Time = RAD for Business

DotNetNuke Portal and Code On Time apps are great together!

Create an online presence for your business or organization with the help of DNN in minutes. Build powerful data-driven apps for your portal and fully integrate them in the DotNetNuke portal with Single Sign On (SSO). Present data directly in the portal pages or access them offline, online, and on-premises. Use the power of DotNetNuke tokens in the business logic and access control rules of your apps.

App created with Code On Time is integrated in the instance of DotNetNuke Portal.

Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools available in Code On Time will help you build the apps that can be integrated with a DNN portal even if your app is running on its own server.

The introductory video demonstrates an app integrated into a DotNetNuke instance running in Microsoft Azure cloud. The app data can be presented in the online portal, access directly, or execute in offline mode on a mobile device.

This is possible without writing a single line of code. Simply install Cloud On Time Connector for DNN extension in your portal, configure an OAuth endpoint page, and create a corresponding SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) registration record in your app.

The in-depth review of Rapid Application Development for DotNetNuke with Code on Time takes through the various aspects of integration enhanced with the video tutorials.

The tutorial covers the following subjects:

  • Configuring DNN Portal in Azure
  • Creating a Sample App with Code On Time
  • Configuring DNN for Open Authentication
  • Advanced Features (Roles and DotNetNuke tokens)
  • Rapid Application Development and Data Model Builder
  • Server-Side Technology of Code On Time apps
  • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • Data Access
  • Business Rules
  • Server Deployment
  • Client-Side Technology
  • User Inteface Design (Forms and Navigation)
  • Data Binding
  • Client Deployment

Apps created with Code On Time can also integrate with other content management systems such as SharePoint Online in Office 365.

App created with Code On Time is integrated in SharePoint Online.
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