SPEAK 2.0 – STAGE 1

I have decided to create first ever tutorial for SPEAK 2.0 which will give you really working examples.

Why? Because I was not able to find any information about that and I was not sure which version should I choose for greenfield projects (1.2 or 2.0).

I hope I will be able to answer for all your questions in this and all future articles.

Do not hesitate to ask when you will have any additional questions.

Before we will start, please remember – if you want to work with SPEAK you have to:

  • work on core database
  • use Sitecore Rocks for Visual Studio

SPEAK 2.0 guidance

Sitecore with second verions of SPEAK provides us something new – the guidance. Inside core database under the path:

/sitecore/client/Business Component Library/version 2/Content/Guidance/Dashboard

We can find SPEAK application with all available SPEAK 2.0 components.

Application looks in the following way:

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Under the url

/sitecore/client/Business Component Library/version 2/Content/Guidance/AllComponentsList

we can see all available components but this time as a list. The number of components is really impressive. We can use following components:

Category Component Name
Authentications AccountInformation
Charts LineChart
Charts RadarChart
Charts AreaChart
Charts BarChart
Charts ColumnChart
Charts DoughnutChart
Charts PieChart
Common BackButton
Common Button
Common CheckBox
Common DropDownButton
Common DropList
Common GlobalLogo
Common HyperlinkButton
Common Image
Common ListBox
Common MessageBar
Common ProgressBar
Common SearchableDropList
Common Separator
Common ButtonTextBox
Common Text
Common TextBox
Common TextArea
Common ToggleButton
Common ChildRenderer
Common ItemRenderer
Common PageCode
Common RenderView
Common SubPageCode
Containers Border
Containers Expander
Containers Frame
Containers ScrollablePanel
Containers SubAppRenderer
Containers TabControl
Containers Popover
Data QueryDataSource
Data SearchDataSource
Data EntityDataSource
Data BaseDataSource
Data ChartDataSource
Data GenericDataSource
Dialogs ConfirmationDialog
Dialogs DialogWindow
Forms Form
Forms Uploader
Forms UploaderInfo
Indicators ArrowIndicator
Indicators ValueLabel
Lists and Grids Grid
Lists and Grids ListControl
Navigation Breadcrumb
Navigation Menu
Navigation NavigationToggle
Resources Pipeline
Resources Rule
Structures Page Structures
Structures Substructures

Sitecore also provides us a list of all available properties which defines the components behavior. List is available under the url:

/sitecore/client/Business Component Library/version 2/Content/Guidance/AllComponentProperties

It is really long list – so i will not paste it here.

SPEAK 2.0 page branches

In previous version of SPEAK we had possibility to use branches for faster creation of pages. We could find them under the path:

/sitecore/client/Business Component Library/version 1/Templates/Branches

Unfortunately they are currently not available for SPEAK 2.0.

That is why I prepared a branch for dashboard. You can download Sitecore package with this branch from here: SPEAK 2.0 Branches-1.0

Install this package in your Sitecore instance. If you will create a page with my template branch you will be able to see following page:

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Nothing special – that’s right, but it is looking exactly the same as page created from SPEAK 1.2 template branch. If you will compare “Design Layout” definitions you will find many differences.

Your first SPEAK application in 4 simple steps

  1. Open Core database inside Sitecore Rocks 2016-08-13_20h18_44
  2. Create your application directory under path “/sitecore/client/Your Apps” (my application name is “Speak2”)
  3. Add first item to your application – page which is based on DashboardPage branch from “SPEAK 2.0 Branches” package 2016-08-13_20h28_42As result you should see item with PageSettings item under your page item. 2016-08-13_20h32_11
  4. Open your application in browser – use item path and paste it into the browser.

Congratulations – you have created your first SPEAK 2.0 application!

Check also “Design Layout” properties for your Dashboard item. You should have following renderings:

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What will be next?

In next article I will show you how to build SPEAK 2.0 application with ListControl.

More about SPEAK 2.0

 

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