Category Archives: Web 8

Show me the publish queue – but quick!

The Tridion publish queue, what can I say about it that wouldn’t be censored by the authorities right away? It can be horribly slow, that’s for sure. This is mainly because so much data is going across the line.

If you have access to the Tridion CM database, you can save yourself valuable time, but the results are sometimes hard to understand. Here is a trick to improve that!

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Running the Tridion deployer in your IDE

UPDATE: you can now run the Tridion deployer in your IDE if you are on Tridion 9 also! Instructions below have been modified to show the differences between SDL Web 8.5 and Tridion 9. Now on to the story.

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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Using SDL’s microservices in a web farm

SDL Web 8 has been around for a little over a year now. Its successor (SDL Web 8.5) was recently introduced. You’d think that to an old Tridion hand like me, by now Web 8.x would be as familiar as any of the earlier (Tridion) versions. The sobering fact is that today I ran into an issue caused by a poor understanding on my side of SDL’s new microservices architecture. Fortunately it proved easy to fix.

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SDL Web 8.5 released

SDL Web 8.5 (formerly known as SDL Tridion) is just around the corner. This release introduces a number of new features in Content Manager and functional changes in Content Manager Explorer, Content Delivery, Audience Manager and Translation Manager. Experience Optimization, formerly called SmartTarget, is part of SDL Web as of this release.

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