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May 4

Tridion 2009 Events System to 2011 SP1

This Stackoverflow question about how to map the “old” Tridion 2009 event to the new Tridion 2011 Events led to an article on the www.sdltridionworld.com website where Bart koopman has created a post with a neat PDF Matrix with the Event Mappings on it. Definitely useful for those who are (considering) upgrading.

A Custom Resolver in practice

Chris Summers is sharing his hands-on experiences with actually using a Custom resolver in a Tridion 2011 SP1 implementation.

(Source: twitter.com)

Tridion Workflow
It seems Chris Summer’s revelations about the new Workflow have started some nice discussions. A lot of people want to give workflow a proper chance and meaning in the workflow discussions and implementations.
Just to make my point I’d like to work with images. Looking at the main image of this post is what everyone hopes workflow will do to their content flow in the organization. Making every piece of content go into the appropriate lane and reach the destination without delay.
But, a workflow implementation can very easily cause the opposite (see image below). Content is waiting for actions by someone, which can easily become a big 

traffic jam of content. At this point solving the jam is more important than editing and reviewing each piece of content. This is usually the moment Workflow “temporarily” gets disabled or simplified.
Anyway, the future brings new hope! Now read some of the other blogs posted about Workflow:
Dominic Cronin:- Will bundles be the saviour of Tridion workflow?
Alvin Reyes:- Aint Got No (SDL Tridion) Workflow… Blues?
Chris Summers:- Why we don’t use SDL Tridion Workflow
Robert Curlette:- Workflow Dreamin’ 
Happy reading!

Tridion Workflow

It seems Chris Summer’s revelations about the new Workflow have started some nice discussions. A lot of people want to give workflow a proper chance and meaning in the workflow discussions and implementations.

Just to make my point I’d like to work with images. Looking at the main image of this post is what everyone hopes workflow will do to their content flow in the organization. Making every piece of content go into the appropriate lane and reach the destination without delay.

But, a workflow implementation can very easily cause the opposite (see image below). Content is waiting for actions by someone, which can easily become a big 

Workflow jam

traffic jam of content. At this point solving the jam is more important than editing and reviewing each piece of content. This is usually the moment Workflow “temporarily” gets disabled or simplified.

Anyway, the future brings new hope! Now read some of the other blogs posted about Workflow:

Dominic Cronin:
- Will bundles be the saviour of Tridion workflow?

Alvin Reyes:
- Aint Got No (SDL Tridion) Workflow… Blues?

Chris Summers:
- Why we don’t use SDL Tridion Workflow

Robert Curlette:
- Workflow Dreamin’ 

Happy reading!

Welcome back SDL Tridion Workflow

Chris Summers is revealing some of the new Tridion Workflow features which are about to come. The main new feature is the use of “bundles” processing instead of per item. I quote: “it will be the revolution of SDL Tridion Workflow”

I haven’t worked much with workflow, mostly because my experiences with it where not so nice…

I’ll keep watching the new Workflow posts closely!

(Source: twitter.com)

Mar 5

Installing SDL Tridion Hotfixes from a Network Location

Gotta love Chris Summers for actually not blocking out and moving on as fast as possible when running into upgrading and installing issues, but keeping a cool head and documenting it for the world to learn about it.

Here another issue about something that could save you hours of pulling your hairs out. 

(Source: twitter.com)

Whitespace in SDL Tridion SP1 XML

Chris Summers is running into more issues when upgrading to Tridion 2011 SP1. This one has to do with those infamous white spaces… Make sure to look at it properly when upgrading.

(Source: twitter.com)

Fixing GUI issues after upgrading to SDL Tridion 2011 SP1
Chris Summers is reminding is once again how important it is to treat your Tridion implementations like a Star Trek Federation Starship (gotta keep it a bit geeky here…) and maintain a proper log of every action you do. To avoid pulling out your hair after upgrading. I quote:

So my lesson for the day is “Always keep a log of every file you  manually change on a server, even if it is a hot fix, and make sure you  don’t save any files that you open when debugging”. Now I know that’s not news to any of you, but just in case…. Now you know a way to repair the damage.

Fixing GUI issues after upgrading to SDL Tridion 2011 SP1

Chris Summers is reminding is once again how important it is to treat your Tridion implementations like a Star Trek Federation Starship (gotta keep it a bit geeky here…) and maintain a proper log of every action you do. To avoid pulling out your hair after upgrading. I quote:

So my lesson for the day is “Always keep a log of every file you manually change on a server, even if it is a hot fix, and make sure you don’t save any files that you open when debugging”. Now I know that’s not news to any of you, but just in case…. Now you know a way to repair the damage.

Publishing from templates with SDL Tridion 2011 SP1

Chris Summers is giving us a nice piece of background information about how he used to “abuse” templates to do stuff that it really shouldn’t (like creating users and creating/publishing items).

Luckily, in Tridion 2011 SP1 this can be done neatly by using a custom resolver. To read all about this check out the link.

(Source: twitter.com)

Feb 9

Tridion 2011 complex schema features support

In one of Chris Summer's Tridion trainings one his students discovers that complex schema features such as minOccurs and maxOccurs are now supported! How cool is that! But…. what else is possible?? Let Chris know!





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