Sitecore Rocks Really Rocks

In the recent month I have been using the new Sitecore Rocks plugin for Visual Studio. And I must admit that I am very impressed.

The installation is very easy. Open the Extension Manager in Visual Studio and search for Sitecore Rocks.

Hooking into your Sitecore project can be a but more tricky, because in order to use all the cool features of Sitecore Rocks, you need to use the Hard Rock Web Service, which needs to be installed in your website. If you have physical access to the site, it’s no problem. If not, you need to copy the files manually.

Once you are up and running, you are able to browse Sitecore from the Sitecore Explorer:

Sitecore Rocks Sitecore Explorer

Sitecore Rocks Sitecore Explorer

Right click the website and select “Manage” to get a list of all Sites, Pipelines, Temp files, Caches, Lucene Indexes (including ability to browse and search the index = very cool!), statistics and validation:

Sitecore Rocks - View and search in indexes

Sitecore Rocks - View and search in indexes

Or how about the real-time Log Viewer: Right click the web site and select the log viewer. It will show you the latest log file, updating the view each 10 seconds:

Sitecore Rocks - Log Viewer

Sitecore Rocks - Log Viewer

But one of the features I use the most is the ability to copy xml from one website and paste it into another. Sitecore Rocks can display more than one site at a time. So instead of the tedious task of creating packages of content when moving from development to test servers, I simply open the development server, copy the items as XML, open the test server, and paste the items to the appropriate place. Fast and effective:

Sitecore Rocks - Get Item XML

Sitecore Rocks - Get Item XML

Here are some more Rocks! resources:

You can also follo the Sitecore Rocks Development on Twitter:

About briancaos

Developer at Pentia A/S since 2003. Have developed Web Applications using Sitecore Since Sitecore 4.1.
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2 Responses to Sitecore Rocks Really Rocks

  1. Pingback: Using Sitecore Jobs « Brian Pedersen’s Sitecore and .NET Blog

  2. Daniël de Wolf says:

    “If not, you need to copy the files manually.”
    It would’ve been nice if somewhere on the internet would be indicated what files need to be copied for a manual installation of the Hard Rock Web service.

    In case anyone needs to find out:
    – /bin/Sitecore.Rocks.*.dll (5 files)
    – /sitecore/shell/WebService/Browse.aspx
    – /sitecore/shell/WebService/Service2.asmx

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