Responsive design and WebSphere Commerce

In this video I show a free way to develop responsive design advertisements using a combination of Eclipse and inline editing with Chrome. I showed this technique last year in the post “Tip Of the Day: Modifying and saving CSS with Google Chrome” and now I combine it with managed files in WebSphere Commerce Management Center.

 

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Coding Commerce: Showing the shopper which items they already purchased

Do you shop on a specific site and would like to see what products you have previously purchased in the shopping experience? I have seen some implementations of a “My Closet” where its a specific page on the site that shows what products you have already purchased. What I think would be really cool is if you could get that information on the product page or product listings or even both.

So let’s look at the WebSphere Commerce Aurora site, here is what the men’s shirts category entry page looks like:

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Coding Commerce: Extending the Price display widget for consumable products

Commerce systems are getting more and more advanced and specifically in the B2B space you are seeing more and more information about products on the product page or even in product listings. We see things like color swatches, likes, ratings, reviews, etc in the B2C world but in the B2B world its all about value. This little change to WebSphere Commerce (and I mean little, a few lines of JSP code) should spice up your site to show the value of your consumable products. Here is a picture of a somewhat normal looking product display search result. We will be enhancing this with the price per page based on the contract price of the customer:

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I present to you a pattern. A pattern you can use across all consumable products in your catalog. The pattern is generic and can be applied to any product simply by assigning an attribute. Let’s start with an example, a printer cartridge. Most printer cartridges, especially high-end business printers, come with a max number of page the cartridge should be good for, like 500, 1000, 10,000, or 20,000 pages. From a business perspective it would be good to know how much you are paying per page so a product listing like this might just do the trick:

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Code: IBM Mobile Web Push (Reactor) code for my blog

GitHub-MarkAs promised, in this post I will share the code I have on my WordPress blog to have it enabled with the Reactor code. You can download the code snippets directly from GitHub or follow the instructions below to insert the code into your Twenty Eleven Theme.

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Code Snippet: Get the unique ID of the active composite application

This code snippet on the CA Wiki shows how you can retrieve the unique id for a composite application.  Like Eclipse perspective Id’s, each application has a unique application idenitifier.  This means you can use this in many ways to idenitify or link to an application.  The CAI URL actually uses this id to resolve what application should be loaded.  We have an article that is pretty popular that uses the CAI url,  Passing context to components when opening composite applications.

The code snippet uses the current Eclipse perspective and finds what composite application the current page is in.  Once you get the perspective Id you can query the Topology API’s for all kinds of application, page, and component properties.  So a creative developer could put tickler data elements on applications, pages or components and look for them in special cases.