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 Author  Thread: Is the Composite Application Block architecture actually an active usable interface?
Michael Clagett
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Is the Composite Application Block architecture actually an active usable interface?Your last visit to this thread was on 1/1/1970 12:00:00 AM
Posted: 21 Apr 10 2:48 PM
Hi --

I have seen references to this on the web, but it is all pretty sketchy, leaving me wondering if this architecture actually ever really materialized? At a previous job we were using CAB on the WinForms side to develop a serious app and I'm wondering if the same (or similar) constructs are available for building WorkItem-based workflows around SalesLogix. If anyone is familiar with this as a programming model for SalesLogix, I would be much obliged for any info you can provide.

Thanks.

Mike
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Ryan Farley
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Re: Is the Composite Application Block architecture actually an active usable interface?Your last visit to this thread was on 1/1/1970 12:00:00 AM
Posted: 23 Apr 10 7:55 PM
Yes, the CAB architecture is alive and well in SLX. Everything uses the CAB architecture, the web client uses CAB (sort of, Sage did build their own web based implementation of CAB, although still based on the CAB implementation developed by MS Patterns & Practices group) and the Application Architect as well is also built on CAB architecture.

Any specific info you're after?
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Michael Clagett
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Re: Is the Composite Application Block architecture actually an active usable interface?Your last visit to this thread was on 1/1/1970 12:00:00 AM
Posted: 28 Apr 10 1:25 PM
Hi --

Thank you for responding. We are trying to integrate the SalesLogic product into a web portal front end that hosts a number of things, including other applications as well as dashboard type metrics based on our company's own internal data. I know there are mechanisms within SlesLogix for doing a similar thing with the SalesLogix UI as the hosting outer shell. I would be interested in exploring the possibility of having SalesLogix operate inside one of our portal windows and having their menu bar integrated into our outer menu bar, rather than the other way around. I was thinking that the higher-level integration capabilities available through the Administration tool wouldn't be likely to support such a scenario, but that we might have some success if we could interact down at the CAB innards level, funnelling our outer portal click events to internal SalesLogix functions the same way that SalesLogix's own menu would do.

Also, I was hoping to be able to manipulate SalesLogix from the outside into a state that would be coordinated with choices and actions being taken from elsewhere in our portal. I figured once again that intercepting at the CAB message level and being able to interact with SalesLogix's dependency injection might help accomplish such a general goal.

I'm assuming there's an SDK available. corect? I realize it probably only comes with a more expansive license than what we may currently have. But I wanted to follow through and investigate the ins and outs of this. Any ideas?
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