WebSphere Commerce developer tutorials on InfoCenter

One hidden gem in the WebSphere Commerce world is the InfoCenter. The InfoCenter contains all kinds of great information but the piece I want to focus on today is the Tutorial section. If you are a WebSphere Commerce developer (aspiring or current) then this is definitely an area to check out. Many of the tutorials were created because of the business needs of our customers. Here are a few tutorials I know get a lot of attention:

Tutorial: Adding fields in the Catalogs tool

In this tutorial, you will be extending the Management Center Catalogs tool to manage the warranty and care instruction information and add logic to show the information about store product pages. This tutorial continues the warranty scenario introduced in the tutorial.

Tutorial: Adding search conditions for advanced search in the Catalogs tool

In this tutorial you will be adding new search conditions to the Advanced Search dialog in the Catalogs tool . You will extend the advanced search with two new conditions: warranty type and warranty term.

Tutorial: Extending simple search in the Catalogs tool

In this tutorial you will be extending simple search in the Catalogs tool in the Management Center. Simple search is a function performed in the search widget of the Management Center and it provides the capability to search on a single property, such as the price or size of a product. The current Catalogs tool provides several simple searches such as search catalog entries by name and search category by name. In this tutorial you will provide search on catalog entries by warranty term, warranty type, and care instruction. This will allow your customers to search for additional single properties of your products.

Tutorial: Adding support for multiple values of Attribute Dictionary attributes

In this tutorial, you can customize the attribute dictionary feature to add support for multiple values for attribute dictionary attributes.



New Zurich header for my blog, thanks Chris Crummey!

From a previous post I said I wanted to have header images on my blog from places that I have traveled. This new image was actually taken by Chris Crummey but I was there and remember this scene. The picture is perfect for the TwentyEleven theme and when I saw Chris’s post of Facebook I had to ask if I could steal it. The angle and distance could not have been better for a header image – great picture Chris!

WebSphere Commerce Gift Registry

In this video I show the WebSphere Commerce starter store, Madisons, and the Gift Registry functionality. This is completely out of the box functionality and the user interface can be customized to suit your needs.

Gift registry allows you to set up a registry for many different kinds of events, you can announce the registry to your friends and track which items in your registry have been received or not.

Twenty Eleven theme and 13 custom photos

As many saw last week I Tweeted about upgrading to WordPress 3.3 and I found out I had to upgrade to MySQL 5. The good news is I have been using MySQL5 with Drupal and a couple of other sites for a while. The upgrade process was seamless, I simply used the Export content and then import content feature from the WordPress Export/Import plugin.

After I installed everything I decided to change the look and feel and just use an out of the box theme, the Twenty Eleven theme. I then carefully went through all of my own photos from around the world and used them instead of the canned photos that came with the theme. In case you don’t want to hit refresh of my home page a hundred times, here they are:



Niagra Falls


Niagra Falls


Disney World




Las Vegas


Disney World


Old Forge, NY


Phoenix, AZ


Puerto Vallarta


Puerto Vallarta


China - Great Wall


China - Summer Palace