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Features of 2sxc with Details and How-To-Use

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Simple Apps allow quick deployment, installation, testing and clean removal without side effects. Install an app, adapt to your needs - simple and standardized, using tokens and razor. added-06.00.00
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Entities Lists Linking Razor Token Multi-Language Apps
With the new DataSource called App you can retrieve data from another App. For example, you can query a References-App from another Portal to show the same references again. added-06.01.00
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Apps Data and Data Sources For experts Razor new in 6.x
With the ADAM extension, 2sxc automatically takes care of all content files (like images, pdfs, etc.). This greatly increases user comfort and speed when working with content-files. added-07.03
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beta feature New in 7.x
The user can choose whether he wants to add an item to a list and immediately show a demo-record (with the [+] button), or just open a dialog which doesn't add anything if he cancels. added-05.05.01
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Apps Entities Lists Lists with Details new in 6.x
Various features of Apps like the Required (DNN) Version or Path ar explained here added-06.00.00
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Apps DNN/DotNetNuke new in 6.x new in 8.x
This app datasource helps you access data from other apps or just group your information by content-types (like tables) added-07.00.00
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Data and Data Sources DataSource Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer Query (Data/Visual)
Using the App-Object you can access path information, settings and resources. added-05.05.00
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Razor Token Apps new in 6.x
Now apps can use centralized settings and multilingual resources for their templates. Works with tokens and razor. added-06.00.00
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Apps For experts Multi-Language new in 6.x Razor Token
Now you can easily get all Categories with App.Data["Category"] or all questions with App.Data["Question"]. You can also use this as the input for further filtering, sorting and more. added-06.01.00
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Apps Content Types Data and Data Sources Database Entities For experts Lists Multi-Language new in 6.x
Passing data in query through this DataSource will help you remove many attributes to make your JSON smaller and also keep hidden fields hidden. added-07.00.00
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DataSource Data and Data Sources New in 7.x For experts WebApi
To access data from 2sxc inside JavaScript, just enable the publish-feature and you will get a JSON-feed with all the data. We recommend to use this together with the JavaScript-API giving you a seamless Sexy-JavaScript experience! added-05.02.00
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JavaScript Design Lists
AngularJS Apps in DNN are a bit different than outside DNN, mainly because they are not alone (MAP instead of SPA) and also need to know which module they belong to. 2sxc automates the initialization of everything. added-07.00.00
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AngularJS For experts JavaScript New in 7.x WebApi
In case something breaks on a large upgrade, please consult this to see when we introduced what breaking changes. added-
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Breaking Changes New in 7.x
2sxc automatically bundles and minifies your secondary files as you need it. Also called Client-Dependency in DNN or Enable Optimizations in 2sxc. added-04.00.00
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Design HTML and CSS JavaScript
This data source ensures that duplicate requests are served from the cache and that the query doesn't happen any more. added-07.02.00
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Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer SQL DataSource New in 7.x WebApi Query (Data/Visual) Lists Data and Data Sources Database For experts
Use simple tokens like [QueryString:Person] or [User:UserId] to configure data pipelines. This even allows for fallback-scenarios (like when the querystring doesn't have a configuration, like [QueryString:AppId|[AppSettings:DefaultAppId]] added-06.00.00
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Data and Data Sources Database Entities Linking Lists with Details
Each portal has it's own virtual data base (VDB) and in it a bunch of Apps, again separated from each other. If you need to, you can access other VDBs... added-04.00.00

Since 2sxc 8.4 you can create content-blocks inside other content blocks. This allows you to create list/details scenarios and still use designed 2sxc-content block or even gallery apps inside the details-page. added-08.04.00
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Content Types Design DNN/DotNetNuke for designers For experts Lists Lists with Details new in 8.x
A content-type defines the structure of an information-set. A news-item has a title, body and date, whereas a person also needs first/last names, birthday, etc. added-01.00.00
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Field Configuration Entities Content Types For beginners
Using simple server-side commands, you can create entities, edit and delete them in code. Thanks to this feature, you can create your own edit-dialogs or partial dialogs for workflows and similar. Also create simple or complex feedback forms and more. added-06.05
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Apps Entities Razor new in 6.x Database For experts WebApi
CSVs are a popular file format to sync data from a backend system like an ERP into the web site. Now you can just use the exported file as data, cache it, publish - whatever you want. added-07.02.00
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Data and Data Sources Database DataSource For experts Lists New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual) Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer SQL
Supports placing all data in the module into the DNN-Search. This works for simple items (like title/text/image) as well as for lists. The special feature is that it allows you to change how the index works. You could specify an alternate (detail-page) url for each item. added-06.02.00
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Apps Data and Data Sources Entities For experts Razor new in 6.x Lists Lists with Details Search
Now you can easily add any kind of data to the pipeline with the DataTableDataSource. This is great for adding XML, RSS, NoSQL sources, Resx-files and much, much more. added-06.00.06
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Apps Data and Data Sources Database Entities For experts Import/Export Lists Lists with Details new in 6.x Razor
Easily access backend data with a DataSource. Attach some filters and viola! you get a very powerfull, configuration based data query system. added-04.00.00
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Apps Lists Lists with Details Razor For experts Database Data and Data Sources
All data (entities) are versioned automatically and can easily be restored whenever you need a previous version. added-06.00.00
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Data and Data Sources Database Entities new in 6.x
To keep things nice and separate data-preparation from data presentation we added a method called CustomizeData(). This is always called before the template is processed - for showing, for JSON delivery and for search-indexing. added-06.01.00
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Data and Data Sources Database For experts Razor new in 6.x Lists Lists with Details Search
Sometimes you just want to add piece of HTML to your page that will always be the same - like a decorative line. Since you're not adding any data, there is no content-type to choose from. This is where the Design-Element is used. added-01.00.00
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Content Types Design for designers HTML and CSS Images
Need to know more about @Dnn.Portal, @Dnn.Module.Id, Dnn.User, Dnn.Tab or similar - this is your best starting point. added-01.00
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Razor DNN/DotNetNuke
A data source which will deliver Form And List data (formerly known as UdT or User Defined Table) to your templates, razor, tokens or WebAPI / JSON. added-07.00.00
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DataSource Data and Data Sources For experts Lists New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual)
A DataSource allowing you to add SQL but only run on the DNN Database. It also prevents you from using statements such as Insert and protects you against SQL Injection. added-07.00.00
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DataSource New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual) Data and Data Sources
Now you can easily query all or some user profiles to show in user directories or show extracts of users for any kind of use case. Highly cachable :) added-08.05.00
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Data and Data Sources DNN/DotNetNuke new in 8.x Query (Data/Visual) Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer
Enable or disable various languages in 2sxc. added-04.00.00
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Multi-Language For beginners
This can now be done in code. added-06.01.00
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JavaScript Razor new in 6.x
Export/Import is now available and handles a variety of complex scenarios. It can match languages, re-link files and much more. added-05.04.00
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Import/Export Content Types Entities Images Linking Multi-Language
Use this input-type to provide editors with an icon picker. It also provides icon search and more. added-08.03.07
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for designers Design Editing Field Configuration new in 8.x Images HTML and CSS
This input-type is for creating url-parts which are safe, lower-case and without special characters. It prevents bad input and can automatically be populated based on another field - like the title. Use it to define URLs for News, Blogs, Artices, Real-Estate-Items and more. added-08.03.05
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Admin and Edit Dialogs Content Types Editing Linking Lists new in 8.x Field Configuration
The entity field type is to establish relationships between content-items, both 1:1 and 1:n. This can be a lookup-relationship like 'Author', a parent-information like 'ManagedBy', a list of shared children like 'Tags' or a list of un-shared children like 'recipe-steps'. added-02.00
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beta feature
Each field type has special features and ways to use it. We try to keep all options/feature listed in our documentation. added-01.00.00
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Field Configuration Content Types Relationships
You can now specify if the user should see a file, page or image-picker, and which one is default. added-05.04.00
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Field Configuration Linking Images new in 5.x new in 6.x
Thanks to Github support you can now version your App in Github (data, templates and assets), and 2sxc will ignore all the temporary Github-parts when exporting the app added-07.02.00
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Apps github New in 7.x For experts for javascript developers Publishing
UI to help users choose GPS coordinates for addresses and similar. Automatically finds a previously entered address and allows to manually change pin. added-05.04.00
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Field Configuration
Hide all complicated settings like Administration from the content-editor by creating a user group called 2sxc Designers. added-03.00
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For beginners For experts Editing
All content from 2sxc is 100% cached by default, meaning it will not access the database at all. added-04.02.00
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Entities Apps For experts Data and Data Sources
Awesome Image-Resizer with really neat features. added-05.03.00
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Images HTML and CSS For beginners Design Token Razor Linking Lightbox
2sxc provides an extensive, advanced content import/export system to help you migrate from other tools or import data from Excel and other lists. added-07.00.00
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New in 7.x Entities Data and Data Sources Import/Export
A hovering mini-toolbar tells the user where he can add new content-blocks or apps. This works in normal view mode and is super-fast and elegant. added-08.04.00
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Editing DNN/DotNetNuke for designers new in 8.x
When installing Apps or anything else, everything is done automatically and DNN doesn't need to restart. This is very powerful because in a live large system - downtimes and I-Hope-It-Still-Works-Afterwards are not acceptable. added-06.00.00
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Import/Export new in 6.x Apps
With InstancePurpose your code knows if it's running to be templated, for publishing JSON data or for search indexing. added-06.01.00
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Apps Search new in 6.x Razor
In your Queries you can use the In-Token like [In:StreamName:ValueName] to use parameters from existing Content-Items. This is usually used together with Module-Content to allow the editor to configure queries. added-07.00.00
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DataSource For experts Data and Data Sources New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual)
The JavaScript API provides various automation helping you connect data from 2sxc with JavaScript. added-04.00.00
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JavaScript Apps Data and Data Sources For experts
Amazingly simple integration with knockoutJS. An amazingly simple data-backend using 2sxc, a cool JS-Framework to play with the output - all connected with the Data-Pipeline of 2sxc. added-04.00.00
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JavaScript Import/Export Lists Lists with Details Razor Token Apps
Once you apply a list to a template, you suddenly have multile items presented - maybe as a table or as a designed list. What you then often need is a way to add a title before that or create settings for the way the list is presented. added-03.00.00
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Razor Token Lists Lists with Details For beginners
You can use strongly typed data sources with safe configuration to supply your templates with any data you need. added-05.00.00
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Apps Content Types Database Entities For experts Razor new in 5.x new in 6.x Data and Data Sources
Designed content can be one item, or it can be an entire list of items. This is very easy to do. added-03.00.00
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Razor Token Lists Design For beginners
With the simple toolbar you can enhance the editing experience. added-03.00.00
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Token Razor For beginners
Use simple HTML-tags or javascript to create inline or hovering add and edit-buttons added-06.00.00
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HTML and CSS JavaScript Token Razor Apps new in 6.x New in 7.x new in 8.x
To use module-data like ModuleID in [Token] templates (important for JSON-feeds, Details-Links and more) we added a [Module:...] value provider. added-05.02.00
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HTML and CSS Token Linking JavaScript
This data source delivers the content-items which were specifically added to a module. It's the default data-source on all modules and also provides Presentation-information. added-07.00.00
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New in 7.x Data and Data Sources For experts Query (Data/Visual) DataSource
2sxc offers powerfull - we believe the best possible - multi-language implementation. added-04.00.00
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Multi-Language For beginners
Point to a 2sxc Page with some extra parameters, and all HTML around the 2sxc will disappear. This helps create details-pages in lightboxes or dynamic areas of the HTML, or even allows you to produce a manual JSON-Feed without any HTML around it. added-04.00.00
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Design HTML and CSS Linking
Now you can use npm (nodeJS package manager) and Gulp/Grunt when developing your 2sxc-Apps. This helps you create better code and automate lots of working steps. added-07.02.00
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New in 7.x AngularJS JavaScript For experts for javascript developers
Use 2sxc to create lists and then show cool detail pages in lightboxes or otherwise. All SEO-optimized. added-04.00.00
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Razor Lightbox Linking Lists Lists with Details
Now you can user @RenderPage to call other Razor-Scripts, and these scripts automatically receive the save Content, List, Presentation etc. variables to work with. This allows you to re-use partial templates. added-06.00.00
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Apps new in 6.x Razor Linking
Links will still work even after moving pages and files in DNN. They also still work when you rename pages or files. added-05.04.00
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Field Configuration HTML and CSS Linking Import/Export Multi-Language
All views in an app can be protected using permissions - thereby ensuring that certain views can only be used by editors / admins. This allows you to create edit/admin-UIs as needed. added-07.01.00
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Apps Admin and Edit Dialogs For experts HTML and CSS New in 7.x
Thanks to new permissions you can give anonymous users access to Queries or even allow creating content-items (like feedback forms). added-07.01.00
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Admin and Edit Dialogs Apps AngularJS For experts WebApi Security JavaScript Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer
You can easily use PetaPoco in Razor Templates with DNN and 2sxc. added-06.00.06
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Apps Data and Data Sources Database For experts Razor new in 6.x Import/Export
Sometimes you want to pre-fill a new Entity with existing information - like the current date, the users name, or data from another list like a file-ID or infos from an XML-Stream. This is now possible. added-05.05.01
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Entities Lists Lists with Details Apps new in 6.x
The new quick-dialog shows preview-images for apps, views/templates and content-types. Here's how it works and how you can use it. added-09.01
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Apps Content Types for designers new in 9.x
To use query-string parameters like ?showrecord=37 (important for detail-pages or filtering stuff) we added a [QueryString:...] value provider. added-05.02.00
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Design Token Linking
To make content editing even faster - and consistent across modules and inner-content - we introduced the hovering quick-edit toolbar. added-08.04.00
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Admin and Edit Dialogs Editing DNN/DotNetNuke new in 8.x
Now you can connect entities (like authors and books) in awesome ways. Also extremely usefull for tagging and similar scenarios. added-05.03.00
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Lists Linking Field Configuration Entities Razor Relationships
The new RelationshipFilter helps in list-pages to find all items with a category and similar scenarios. added-06.01.00
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Data and Data Sources Entities Razor Linking Lists with Details
Now 2sxc offers a simple REST API so that you can access content like .../app-content/Feedback/342 to perform all kinds of actions using JavaScript. added-07.01.00
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AngularJS Content Types Import/Export JavaScript New in 7.x WebApi
You can create templates that allow configuration with the Presentation-Element. For example, you could configure image-size or placement, click-behavior or show/hide things in your template. added-03.00.00
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Content Types Lists Razor Token
There are cases where certain parts of an app should be shared across multiple zones / portals. added-02.00.00
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Admin and Edit Dialogs Apps For beginners Razor Token
It was always possible to use SQL data before, but with the new data sources it actually is fun to use and fully integrated. added-06.00.06
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Apps Database Data and Data Sources Entities For experts Lists Razor new in 6.x
A DataSource allowing you to add SQL to run on any Database. It also prevents you from using statements such as Insert and protects you against SQL Injection. Note that it's currently not available in the Visual Query Designer. added-07.00.00
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Database DataSource SQL For experts New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual)
This data source allows you to choose from various data sources. It returns the first one actually containing data - so it's ideal to try various filters and return "All" if none of the filters match. added-07.00.02
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DataSource Data and Data Sources Query (Data/Visual) For experts
Tokens offer a way to use default-values if a token is empty. Ideal for queries or simple texts like "Name Unknown". added-06.00.00
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new in 6.x Token Query (Data/Visual)
Stacking tokens within tokens allows you to choose between many tokens and also implement multi-language default-values. added-07.00.00
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Token For experts New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual)
2sxc comes with two built in view engines. The Token-Engine uses simple placeholders like [Content:Title] and allows you to do amazing things - with very simple technologies. added-01.00.00
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Token Design For beginners for designers for javascript developers AngularJS HTML and CSS JavaScript Lists Multi-Language Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer
Use this to filter / find one or more items comparing values like name, category etc. Since 08.05 it also has many comparisons like contains, between, etc. added-07.00.00
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Data and Data Sources DataSource Entities For experts Lists Lists with Details new in 8.x Query (Data/Visual) Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer
Create vCards based on 2sxc Data. Very easy to use. added-05.02.00
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Design HTML and CSS Images Import/Export Linking
Now any view can have a name in the URL - so that a module showing that App can easily change between views just by adding "Details" or "CategoryList" to the URL. Simple and powerful. added-06.06.00
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new in 6.x For beginners Token Apps
The new visual query designer helps you retrieve, filter and sort data for use in any kind of template - be it Tokens, Razor, JavaScript, AngularJS etc. added-07.00.00
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Visual Query - Data Pipeline Designer DataSource Apps For experts New in 7.x Query (Data/Visual) WebApi
Thanks to the fully automated WebAPI integration you can easily include and distribute your WebAPIs with you Apps. added-06.05
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Apps For experts Import/Export JavaScript new in 6.x WebApi Razor Token