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  • Endeca Content Assembler API Developer's Guide for Java

    Version 2.1.2 • March 2012

  • Contents

    Preface.............................................................................................................................7 About this guide............................................................................................................................................7 Who should use this guide............................................................................................................................7 Conventions used in this guide.....................................................................................................................8 Contacting Oracle Endeca Customer Support..............................................................................................8

    Chapter 1: Introduction to the Content Assembler API..........................9 Overview of the Content Assembler API.......................................................................................................9

    API class model overview....................................................................................................................10 Overview of the Content Assembler reference application.........................................................................11

    About handling dynamic content.........................................................................................................12 The reference application model for dynamic content.........................................................................12 List of reference application cartridges................................................................................................13 Connecting to a different MDEX Engine..............................................................................................14 About skinning the reference application.............................................................................................15

    Chapter 2: Working with the Content Assembler API...........................17 Writing applications with the Content Assembler API.................................................................................17

    Importing API packages......................................................................................................................17 Creating a ContentManager................................................................................................................17 Executing a content query and retrieving the results...........................................................................18 About implementing custom trigger conditions....................................................................................19

    Building cartridges to render template-based content................................................................................21 About working with content items........................................................................................................21 Rendering section content...................................................................................................................22 About rendering customized navigation refinements...........................................................................24 About rendering customized results lists.............................................................................................24 About customized results.....................................................................................................................25 About rendering record lists.................................................................................................................26 Generating see-all links.......................................................................................................................26 Using dynamic includes to render page content..................................................................................27

    Chapter 3: Extending the Content Assembler with Tag Handlers........29 About tag handlers in the Content Assembler............................................................................................29 Scenarios for extending Experience Manager and the Content Assembler...............................................30 Life cycle of a Content Assembler query....................................................................................................31 Class overview............................................................................................................................................32 Implementing the tag handler interface.......................................................................................................33

    Resources managed by the ContentContext object............................................................................33 About invoking other tag handlers.......................................................................................................34

    Integrating a tag handler into the Content Assembler.................................................................................35 About working with handler maps........................................................................................................36 Standard tag handlers in the Content Assembler................................................................................37

    About the sample tag handler.....................................................................................................................37 Installing the sample tag handler.........................................................................................................38

    About extending the Content Assembler to validate custom XML..............................................................39

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  • Copyright and disclaimer

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  • Preface

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