Advanced Replacement for WSI Import Tester


I have been using the WSI Import Tester from AspDotNetStorefront for some time when testing out new XML messages or just trying to figure out some functionality and always wished I could save the connection settings and reload XML test cases more easily.

This desire has grown into the build of an entirely new Windows Client that does everything I need. I suspect there are others that would like something similar so I intend to release the program for free to anyone that asks for it.

It is now ready – you can read all about what it does on the WSI Client product page along with a link on how to download a copy for free.

Edit Topics in ASPDotNetStorefront with Windows Live Writer

As a side effort to the BackOffice and Katmando projects I have built a blogging interface to ASPDotNetStorefront that lets you edit all the topics using Windows Live Writer. This is full WYSIWYG editing of topics inside the template and skin of your website. All you need to add is a few lines to your home page template, a DLL and a new ASHX page. Really simple!

Watch for pictures and more details coming soon!

Katmando Enters the Final Stretch


After a long period of development Katmando is nearing completion. Now in Beta test it is holding up well. In addition to catalogue management a data grid has been added to allow quick access to key product data as a single view, slicing across all categories. This is excellent when you want to make quick updates to a price or inventory amount without having to click through a category tree.


This entire program relies heavily on the rich API provided by the web services extensions to ASPDotNetStorefront. Shortly I expect to return to the BackOffice development effort with a lot of lessons learnt!

Topic Editing added to BackOffice

The ability to call up and save AspDotNetStorefront topics is nearing completion in BackOffice. The HTML Editor still needs to be added but finding a decent one for WPF is proving a challenge. I have found a few candidate examples and hope to roll those into a useful tool here that inherits the CSS styles and artefacts of the actual site so that you really see what you get! (Windows Live Writer for blogs is an excellent example of this.)


BackOffice Application Taking Shape

The BackOffice application is starting to take shape. It is based on the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and is deployed as a Smart Client interacting with the eCommerce website through Web Service calls.


At present the only module completed is the Inventory module which lets you have quick access to the full catalogue and just manage the inventory counts.

There is still a lot to add but now that the major framework is in place the next modules should slot in much more smoothly. Stay tuned!