Running the Tridion deployer in your IDE

Whenever you publish a page, component or another type of item in Tridion, the item is first published, then transported and finally deployed. SDL offers various ways to extend or modify this deployment process. All you need to do is write some custom java code. The most commonly used extension points are deployer modules and storage DAOs. You can find more about this here and here.

In this post I’m not going to explain what these extensions are and what you can do with them. Instead, I will focus on how to develop this type of extension effectively. As always with Java (in my experience at least), the code is easy but the environment is hard. But if you follow these instructions, you will be able to run your customizations locally, make sure they get triggered, and even perform step-through debugging on your code. Pure bliss!

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Mavenizing jar files

These days the standard way to get your java libraries is through Maven. However, sometimes you still need to deal with jar files that aren’t available through Maven at all. Perhaps some software vendor has provided a set of jars,  or you have a custom build that you aren’t allowed to publish at all.

If this is the case, you could just reference the jars on the file system, the old school approach. But you can also mavenize them yourself, and store them in your local Maven repository (which can be found in your user profile folder, in the folder .m2). That makes it possible to reference these libraries in a pom.xml or in a build.gradle file, giving you all the advantages of modern dependency management.

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Automatically refresh page in Sitecore Experience Editor after updating a component

“EditFrames in the Experience Editor is a feature that you can use to give users front-end access to fields that are not directly accessible, either because they are not visible or they are of a type that are not directly front-end editable.”

When editing a component using EditFrames or the Editor Button, the component datasource does not refresh. To do this, you have to save the page first, followed by reloading the page with the latest changes, which is cumbersome for content editors.

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