Beginning Site Server

Sreeraman, Gopal, Sherrell, Brad, Huckaby, Tim, Marshall, Jarrod

Published by Wrox Press, 2000
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Synopsis: Site Server 3.0 is Microsofts attempt to provide a powerful solution for the needs of the business Web Site. It includes a wide range of management and administrative tools designed to make building and maintaining big web sites much easier. For example, it includes tools that map the whole site and details of the hyperlinks that link them, and allows a very fine granularity of administrative control. The main bulk of the package is geared toward providing developers with a framework for building high functionality web sites for a range of purposes. It enables the production of highly personalized content, tailored for individual members, and a fine control of the user experience. It also includes a package called Commerce Server that provides a framework for the rapid development of e-commerce solutions.

Review: Lots of people who set out to deploy Microsoft Site Server aren't really big on network and Web site administration, they just want to get a good-looking, reliable site up and running as quickly as possible. Beginning Site Server 3.0 is the perfect companion for such Web entrepreneurs. It's easy to follow, but certainly not dumbed down. The authors (consultants and programmers of various stripes) know that the purpose of Internet commerce is to please customers and make money, not fool with technology for its own sake.

A large part of this book takes the form of storyboard-style procedures, in which the authors explain (with many screen shots) the steps for installing Site Server and use its (rather powerful) site-construction wizards to build a business-to-consumer Web store. It's an effective presentation strategy, leaving little to the imagination during the critical setup stages. The authors then make up for the limited flexibility of the storyboard approach by presenting detail-rich chapters on the databases that back up Site Server, as well as Pipelines, search facilities, and various extensions. The programming information here is good, but you'll probably want to supplement this book with one dedicated to Active Server Pages (ASP) if you have lots of custom work in mind. --David Wall

Topics covered: Site Server 3, Commerce Edition, including its installation, its relationship to Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 and 7, and its design principles. Detailed coverage goes to the Commerce Site Foundation Wizard and Commerce Site Builder Wizard, the database infrastructure of Site Server sites, Pipelines, content searches, and membership databases. On the programming site, there's interesting information on calling ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) from Active Server Pages.

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Title: Beginning Site Server
Publisher: Wrox Press
Publication Date: 2000
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