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JKB
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Posted - April 27 2004 :  08:53:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If I wanted to make the front page of a vp-asp site to be a listing of the top level categories with links to the lower-level categories - and then links to the appropriate products, is it best to just copy the contents of shopdisplaycategories.asp into the default.asp page?

Also, I have the categories displaying exactly how I want them on shopdisplaycategories.asp, but I'm not sure what configuration option I have to select to link to subcategories instead of any products related to the top level categories when you click on the top-level category.

I'm fairly new to developing with vp-asp, but so far I've noticed that pretty much anything is possible with the product, but often it takes some digging around to make things function the way you want. I'd be curious to hear from other developers what you have used to keep track of all the customizations done - not only so you can update the store when new versions come out, but also so it is not as cumbersome to add features to other stores as you develop them.

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devshb
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United Kingdom
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Posted - April 27 2004 :  11:48:06  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
as a developer, I use a combination of things to track changes...

I use a spreadsheet to hold the list of filenames changed/created/deleted, and old+new config values.

I also add comments to all asp files that are changed, adding a unique string that won't be used in any other variable/function names etc so that I can do a text search on that string to get a list of all changed asps.

Simon Barnaby
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greatphoto
VP-ASP Super User

USA
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Posted - April 27 2004 :  18:57:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to second your question about shopdisplaycategories.asp. Does anyone out there know why it links directly to products instead of sub-categories for categories that contain sub-categories instead of products? It should use shopdisplaycategories.asp instead of shopdisplayproducts for all but the lowest level category that actually contains products instead of sub-categories. JKB, I'm guessint it will require a minor mod of the ASP to get this working right, but it is possible we've missed some config somewhere. When I get a chance, I'll look at the code and see what needs to change.

Regarding keeping track of customizations, I have kept a handwritten list of every config I change in the Shop Administration pages. I have also written down every file that I have changed. The latter isn't really necessary since diff tools exist to compare files. Keep a copy of the original files you received in your purchased cart. You can then compare your entire directory of modified files with the original using a diff tool to see which lines in which files have changed. I am currently evaluating WinMerge from http://winmerge.sourceforge.net/ for this purpose, but there are many other diff tools available for different platforms. BTW, I agree that upgrading will be more and more challenging with the more changes you make to your site, especially as you start to have to edit ASP files.

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