Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development

Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development
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  • Learn directly from recognized community experts
  • Extensive coverage of the Publishing API (PAPI)
  • Get Sharepoint and MCMS working together
  • InfoPath, RSS and hot topics covered

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 544 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2005
ISBN : 1904811531
ISBN 13 : 9781904811534
Author(s) : Andrew Connell, Angus Logan, Lim Mei Ying, Stefan Goßner
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Microsoft Servers, Content Management (CMS), Enterprise, Microsoft, Web Development
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Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell has worked with content management solutions since obtaining his degree from the University of Florida. As one of the original developers for the most successful versions of AdmiNET, a custom web content administration product, he has consistently focused on the challenges facing businesses today to maintain a current site without having to rely on technical expertise.

Andrew�s background is in content management solutions and web development using Microsoft technologies. He enjoys working with MCMS and integrating it with other products such as Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. As a Client/Server Consultant for Fidelity Information Services, Andrew leveraged both MCMS and SharePoint Portal Server to redeploy Fidelity�s Intranet site as a single solution capitalizing on the best features of both products. He was recognized in 2005 as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his contributions to the MCMS community.

Andrew lives in Jacksonville, Florida in the United States and maintains a blog at

Angus Logan

Angus Logan is a Product Specialist at Data#3 Limited (, Australia's leading IT solutions company and awarded Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Angus is a MCAD.NET & MCDBA and Microsoft MVP for Content Management Server and specialises in Content Management Server, SharePoint Portal Server, .NET development, SQL Server, and CRM.

You can usually find Angus in the microsoft.* newsgroups or blogging (

Angus gets a real buzz from working with customers in presales and delivery capacities with these technologies to find solutions to their real world problems.

Lim Mei Ying

Lim Mei Ying is a Senior Consultant at Avanade, a global technology integrator specializing in the Microsoft platform. Mei Ying has extensive experience in designing, implementing and supporting enterprise web applications as well as setting up Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) systems across the enterprise. An active contributor to the Microsoft newsgroup community, she has spent many hours figuring out the dos and don'ts of MCMS technologies, and thrives on the challenge of finding new ways to solve MCMS-related problems. Mei Ying, who has earned the prestigious title of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional award for Content Management Server. Mei Ying lives on the sunny island of Singapore and blogs at

Stefan Goßner

Stefan Goßner works for Microsoft as an Escalation Engineer in the Developer Support department. He provides customers with technical solutions to problems related to Microsoft Internet Server Products. Stefan has breadth and depth in all areas of MCMS.

His contributions to the newsgroup have helped many people to implement MCMS solutions in corporations around the globe to the point where it has been said that if you don't know Stefan, then you're probably new to MCMS.

Stefan maintains a huge MCMS 2002 FAQ on the Microsoft Website and provides MCMS tips and tricks on his personal blog:

He lives in Munich, Germany.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Extensive coverage of the Publishing API (PAPI)
  • Managing Channels and Postings with the PAPI
  • Managing Templates, Template Galleries, Resources, and Users with the PAPI
  • Getting Sharepoint and MCMS to work together
  • Publishing content between MCMS and SharePoint
  • Preparing postings for search indexing
  • Creating Sharepoint Web Parts to display MCMS data
  • Creating powerful custom Placeholder Controls
  • Adding validation to Placeholder Controls
  • Combining InfoPath, Web Services and MCMS's robust content repository
  • Using RSS to syndicate content from your site, and display content from other sites
  • Staging static versions of your pages
  • A further 60 pages of invaluable MCMS tips and tricks


In Detail

Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 is a dynamic web publishing system with which you can build websites quickly and cost-efficiently. MCMS provides the administration, authoring, and data management functionality, and you provide the website interface, logic, and workflow.  Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) also features in the book. SPS 2003 enables enterprises to deploy an intelligent portal that seamlessly connects users, teams, and knowledge so that people can take advantage of relevant information across business processes to help them work more efficiently.

You've mastered the basics of MCMS, and setup your own MCMS installation. You've only scratched the surface. This book is your gateway to squeezing every penny from your investment in MCMS and SPS, and making these two applications work together to provide an outstanding richness of content delivery and easy maintainability.

As a developer, the Publishing API (PAPI) is at the heart of your work with MCMS, and this book starts by taking you on the most detailed tour of the PAPI you will find anywhere. As a live example, a component that reveals the structure of your MCMS site is created, taking you through how to manage the common elements of MCMS programmatically.

Getting SharePoint and MCMS to work together is the next stop in the book. You will see how to use SharePoint's search engine to search MCMS content, publish content between the two systems, and create SharePoint Web Parts to draw content from MCMS.

To ease your everyday work with MCMS, there are chapters on placeholder validation, and some useful custom placeholders for common MCMS tasks, such as a date-time picker, a placeholder for multiple attachments, and a DataGrid placeholder among others.  

There are a number of ways to consume MCMS content from the outside world, and we look at two exciting ways here; RSS and InfoPath/Web Services. The InfoPath solution provides another interface to MCMS content that allows content authors to concentrate on content and not the presentation.

The book is rounded off with a number of must-have MCMS tips and tricks.

  • Revert a posting to a previous version
  • Change a posting�??s template
  • Build a recycle bin
  • Deal with links to deleted resources
  • Update a posting�??s properties directly from a template file
  • Re-write ugly URLs to friendly URLs
  • Export resource gallery items using the site deployment API (SDAPI)
  • Configure the position and size of the Web Author Console Dialogs
  • Get frames and IFrames to work correctly in a template file

Following on from "Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server", this book takes MCMS development to a higher level of both power and integration. Like its predecessor, this book is packed with code examples and never-before seen secrets of MCMS. Years of active participation in MCMS newsgroups and mailing lists mean that the authors�?? hard-won experience puts them in the ideal position to tell you what you really need to know as you build more advanced MCMS applications.

Read Chapter 5 from Advanced MCMS: "Searching MCMS with Sharepoint" (PDF - 469KB)


Who this book is for

This book is written for developers who want to the skills to fully exploit the power of MCMS and SPS. The book presumes a working knowledge of MCMS, the .NET Framework and familiarity with the C# language. All the code examples are in C#.

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