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How to use Vanity URLs in the GSF with WebCenter Sites

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How to use Vanity URLs in the GSF with WebCenter Sites

WebCenter Sites does not support vanity URLs without customization.  The GSF provides a great vanity URL package that is flexible and easy to use, and this post will describe how to set it up. Background First, a little background.  Native URLs in WebCenter Sites all have to include a query string parameter called “pagename“.  If

How to install both GSF and CSDT in WebCenter Sites

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How to install both GSF and CSDT in WebCenter Sites

So you’re building a new website in WebCenter Sites and you’ve decided to use CSDT (Content Server Developer Tools) and GSF (GST Site Foundation) to help make the development process as efficient as possible. The steps for installing GSF are quite simple. Copy a few files, click a few links, and you’re done. Setting up

What is this whole GST Site Foundation thing?

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What is this whole GST Site Foundation thing?

You’ve heard about it… the GST Site Foundation.  Maybe you’ve heard of it as the “GSF”.  But what is it? The GSF is a set of core architectural patterns and tools that support building websites with WebCenter Sites. Think WebCenter Sites on Rails. So why does it exist?  Well, WebCenter Sites provides very flexible and

How to “roll your own” sub-totals and totals in an ADF table

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How to “roll your own” sub-totals and totals in an ADF table

Image courtesy of Renjith Krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net One thing that I’m sure we all have had the need for before is the ability to do “reporting” from within an application we are writing. Of course, what “reporting” means to different people is very subjective. To some, they want a full-fledged reporting tool that lets them create

Packing Passwords

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Packing Passwords

A common problem faced at the workplace and at home is finding a way to securely store your passwords.  With people like “Anonymous” and identity thieves out there, gone are the days for scribbling passwords on post it notes (who would do such a thing?!?), or keeping word docs with your passwords listed on your

I, for one, Welcome our new JavaScript Overlords

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I, for one, Welcome our new JavaScript Overlords

You are probably most familiar with JavaScript as that sometimes useful, often quirky, client-side scripting language used on websites to enhance user interfaces and enable dynamic content. Wikipedia describes JavaScript as “dynamic, weakly typed and has first-class functions … a multi-paradigm language, supporting object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.” Fairly generic technical description there. Wikipedia

A Little Bird told me…

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A Little Bird told me…

Banner Artwork from jasonpruett.com You can imagine the scene in the cartoon above playing out in the office of a marketing professional in almost any corporate environment these days. In this case, the little bird is the data mining wizard that was brought in, and the big mountain ram is the marketing executive finding out

Sharepoint 2010 Free tools, Yes FREE

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Sharepoint 2010 Free tools, Yes FREE

I don’t often hear free and Microsoft in the same sentence, but a couple of tools were brought to my attention this week that are great additions to SharePoint and IIS. Microsoft Productivity Hub for SharePoint 2010 SP1 If you are short on training materials for SharePoint 2010 Microsoft released a SharePoint addon containing all kinds of Office

On meetings and coming together

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On meetings and coming together

It is hard to justify calling a meeting. Do all five of these people need to be here for the next hour? Are we brainstorming? Is something unclear? Brainstorming during a meeting is not always a good use of time. When is the last time that, when called upon, you were able to summon all

Then One Day It Happens…

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Then One Day It Happens…

Image: nokhoog_buchachon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net You’ve joined an elite team of engineers and administrators tasked to oversee your company’s technological needs.  As your company’s ambitious marketing teams generate more and more buzz, you find that with each day your job circles increasingly around growing your business’s capacity.  Months go by filled with unhindered efforts in project

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