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Sitefinity 4.0 Beta 2 was released

  • Sitefinity 4.0 Beta 2 was released
  • Hi all,

    Sitefinity 4.0 Beta 2 was released and is available for download in Your Accounts, section Free Trials.
    The objective of this release was to provide for .Net 4.0 support, implement some new features, and fix a number of issues discovered since Beta. A more detailed list is below.

    As always, your comments and feedback is more than welcome. Please, get back to us and let us know what you think!

    Regards,
    Sitefinity Team

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    October 05 Update (Build 675):
    • RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX were updated to Q2 SP1 release
    • SDK was added, for more details refer to Sitefinity SDK page

    What’s New

    •  .Net 4.0 framework support
    Note: Support for .Net 3.5 will be discontinued because Sitefinity 4.0 relies heavily on.Net 4.0 features such as: Workflow Foundation 4.0 rule engine, dynamic types, code contracts, WCF improvements, Medium trust support of the Virtual Path Provider, etc.

    • Content -  Implemented Scheduling
    • Content Widgets (Blogs, News, Events, etc.)
        • Enabled filtering by categories, tags, specific blogs, date ranges
        • Extended URL Evaluators work in two modes - UrlPath and QueryString
    • Content Editor
        • Implemented "Insert a document" option  
        • Implemented "Insert a video" option
    • Configurations - Added option to configure the time zone (all dates are stored in UTC format)
    • Page locking/unlocking - Improvements
    • Navigation Control - Implemented "Custom selection of pages"
    • Comments - Implemented Settings per module, Captcha 
    • Forms
        • Added Limitations settings per form field
        • Added export to CSV for form entries
        • Added options to edit and add new entries in administration
        • Implemented lifecycle
    • Documents
        • Enabled Versioning
    • Videos
        • Enabled Versioning
    • Session expiration results in pop up screen
    • Analytics
        • Added drill down capabilities for each report
        • Added sorting and paging in the grids
        • Added encryption to the GoogleAnalyticsProviderConfiguration.config file
        • RadControls for Silverlight are updated to Q2 SP1 release
        • The map report now has multiple layers for showing countries, regions and cities.
    • Fluent API
        • Added Content life cycle

    What’s Fixed
    • Many fixes in content, pages, forms and feeds
  • Is there a release candidate still planned, or is this it? I thought I heard a release candidate was scheduled to come out before the final release, so I'm wondering how close we are to seeing that.

    It's interesting to hear that support for .NET 3.5 will be discontinued. I personally don't mind, but like many others I will need to make sure my servers have .NET 4.0 installed. There may be many production environments that have not made that jump yet.
  • Hi,

    Sound great.

    Is this the offical RC version or another beta version ?

    When is the RC version available ?

    When will the newsletters feature (that was in 3.x) be available?

    Thanks

    Steve
  • Hello Steve,

    This is not the official RC, this is BETA 2 release. Newsletters module is  included in plans for subsequent versions.

    Kind regards,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team
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  • Hi everybody,

    Where can I give technical feedback ?

    Thanks,

    Mariano LEANCE.
  • Hello Mariano,

    You could use the General Discussions forum and Sitefinity's user voice


    Sincerely yours,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team
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  • Hi,

    Just downloaded Sitefinity 4.0 Beta2 and it is drastically different. Unrecognisable! My first question is how do I upload a User Control to the Controls area, so that I can drag and drop them onto a page?

    Also, how do I enable or disable controls like Login controls and so on?

    That's all for now.
    Many thanks,
    Andrei
  • Hi Andrei,

    Uploading controls in not implemented in the BETA2. You can use the configuration section or config file. For more information, please take a look at Adding a new control

    Sincerely yours,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team
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  • Ivan,

    I take it that it will be implemented in the final release then?

    Also, when is the final release expected for?

    Many thanks,
    Andrei
  • Hi Andrei,

    We have this feature in our plans and we will make sure that we will implement is as soon as possible. However, I cannot promise you that this feature will be part of the official release. In the meantime you can take a look at our new Software Development Kit (SDK) that features how to build custom widgets and register them in Sitefinity's toolbox. We have a few step by step tutorials on how to build a widget from scratch.

    We have plans to release official Sitefinity 4.0 by the end of the year. We will also have a release candidate about a month before the official version, however I cannot give you an exact timeframe for now.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Kind regards,
    Hristo Borisov
    the Telerik team
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  • Hristo,

    My first question is how do I start it? I can't see anything in the Start -> All Programs not in the IIS. When I installed it, there was a window where I could create projects. Now I do not know how to invoke it. Very, very different, will have to re-learn everything.

    Many thanks,
    Andrei
  • Hi Andrei,

    The Window you see is our new Project Manager which creates the projects on the file system and you can use it to run your projects even without hosting the project on an IIS server. You might find these blog posts useful.

    Greetings,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team
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  • Ok Ivan,

    I am starting to see whats going on. One issue though so far: I am trying to assign the database and server name and I get - "

    You are trying to access item that no longer exists. The most probable reason is that it has been deleted by another user."


    Whats that about? The database is there, the server is up and running???

    Many thanks,
    Andrei
  • Hi Andrei,

    This error could be thrown if you are trying to get an item( or the web service for Blogs, Event, Content etc) by ID which does not exist anymore. You are making a request that triggest GetContentItem method of content object.

    Regards,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team
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