Sitecore Rocks

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Sitecore Rocks makes Sitecore developers happy. Directly integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio 2010/2012/2013, Sitecore Rocks provides a fast and streamlined development experience with tools that developers are used to.

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4/29/2014
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by Divamatrix | June 10 2013

Please explain where the documentation for this actually lives at? I can not seem to get it to do anything and all I'd like is some documentation. The Sitecore rocks wiki is amazingly void of anything even remotely useful at all. Is there something I'm missing?

Among the other many, many steps, I have walked through just to get it to connect, which I could write a book on, the one thing I really wanted to do was to generate entities from my templates. Every single time I try to choose "generate class" (there are 2 of them, by the way), it throws an error. It would be really helpful if I even know what I was doing in trying to generate classes from my templates?

JakobChristensen June 10 2013
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Hi Divamatrix

Sorry to hear that.

Sitecore Rocks is currently in CTP which is why there is no documentation or official support from Sitecore.

Please post a screenshot to the exception, that you get, in the Sitecore Rocks SDN Forum, and I will see, if I can fix it.

http://sdn.sitecore.net/Forum/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=36

BTW:
John West has a nice blog series:
http://www.sitecore.net/Community/Technical-Blogs/John-West-Sitecore-Blog/Posts/2011/07/Sitecore-Differentiating-Factors-Blog-Series-Sitecore-Rocks.aspx

Trevor Campbell also has a nice series:
http://www.sitecore.net/Community/Technical-Blogs/Trevor-Campbell.aspx

by Tony Bolton | June 04 2013

Really good - thanks!!

by Gorhal | January 18 2013

by kdeenanauth | April 05 2012

Great extension for Sitecore developers

by kodexe | September 16 2011

Didn't work on my Commodore 64.

by AndreasBergstrom | June 23 2011

by Commodore73 | June 20 2011

I wrote some blog posts introducing Sitecore Rocks. I definitely give it five stars.

http://www.sitecore.net/Community/Technical-Blogs/John-West-Sitecore-Blog/Posts/2011/06/Introducing-Sitecore-Rocks.aspx

http://www.sitecore.net/en/Community/Technical-Blogs/John-West-Sitecore-Blog/Posts/2011/06/Major-Components-of-Sitecore-Rocks.aspx

http://www.sitecore.net/Community/Technical-Blogs/John-West-Sitecore-Blog/Posts/2011/06/Sitecore-Rocks-Connections.aspx

by Ronani | June 16 2011

After dreamcore 2011 I am ashamed I didn't used it a lot :-) Ronald

by LarreLandin | June 13 2011

by GurliGebis | June 10 2011

Works great and makes developing for Sitecore alot easier and faster!

by GuitarRich | June 09 2011

Love the new features demo'd at DreamcoreEU

by Eldblom | May 24 2011

Exciting! Looks very promising - especially with the plug-in possibilities.

by JJRocks | May 19 2011

by pbering | January 27 2011

- 0.6.5 now with plugin repository, very nice!
- 0.7.2 is greatly enhanced, if you havn't tried it yet, now is the time!

by JigsP | December 14 2010

Awesome plugin. Thanks

by Hessner | December 07 2010

by Mr Tamas Varga | November 11 2010

Couple of years ago I wanted to do the same extension, but I think it is better that Sitecore is doing this. ;-) Thanks!

by Edgesmash | November 01 2010

by ttomsen2010 | October 22 2010

very nice, how much

by burningice | October 19 2010

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  • No longer works after crash
    5 Posts | Last post Wed 1:50 AM
    • I installed the latest version as of this post, for both VS 2010 and 2012. In VS 2012, I created two Sitecore projects, one each, within a single solution. I then used the Sitecore menu and selected Sitecore Explorer. The window came up, but after I tried to dock it, VS crashed, and I then received this error when I opened VS each time after the crash:
      
      The 'Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=0.7.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0' package did not load correctly.
      
      The Sitecore menu still shows up in the main toolbar, but choosing any of the options from it yields no result whatsoever, no matter how many times I try to reinstall it. Any ideas on what I can do to get this working again?
    • Hi Jason
      
      That sounds odd. I have had one report of this 3 months ago, so it is a real issue, although not very common.
      
      Sounds to me like WPF acting up. 
      1. Can you use Sitecore Rocks Windows (the one that does not use Visual Studio)? You can get it from vsplugins.sitecore.net.
      2. Do you have Actipro WPF components installed?
      3. The other report mentioned, that it could be a clash between VS plugins. Do you have any other plugins installed?
      4. Do none of the menu items work? I assume that you do not dock the Sitecore Explorer before trying them. If so, the Visual Studio package is not loaded.
      5. I also assume that you are running VS Professional, Premium or Ultimate.
    • Hi Jakob:
      
      I am using VS2013 Ultimate and I am getting exactly same problem as Jason.
      I uninstalled VS2013 and reinstalled no luck, then tried with VS2012 and VS2010 every time I get the same error and behavior.
      Error I get is as follows when I tired to launch any menu item in "SiteCore" from VS menu bar
      
      The 'Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=0.7.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0' package did not load correctly.
      
      C:\Users\Binod_Kumar\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\ActivityLog.xml
      
      The activityLog.xml shows the following :
      <entry>
          <record>575</record>
          <time>2014/07/28 20:43:23.528</time>
          <type>Information</type>
          <source>VisualStudio</source>
          <description>Begin package load [Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0]</description>
          <guid>{6FB7D81E-C4FF-4B7F-ADF4-B04E65155687}</guid>
        </entry>
        <entry>
          <record>576</record>
          <time>2014/07/28 20:43:26.254</time>
          <type>Error</type>
          <source>VisualStudio</source>
          <description>SetSite failed for package [Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0]</description>
          <guid>{6FB7D81E-C4FF-4B7F-ADF4-B04E65155687}</guid>
          <hr>80070003</hr>
          <errorinfo>Could not find a part of the path 'C:\SoftwareTools\SiteCore7.x\OneClickDebug.zip\Sitecore.Rocks.OneClickDebugger'.</errorinfo>
        </entry>
        <entry>
          <record>577</record>
          <time>2014/07/28 20:43:26.254</time>
          <type>Error</type>
          <source>VisualStudio</source>
          <description>End package load [Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0]</description>
          <guid>{6FB7D81E-C4FF-4B7F-ADF4-B04E65155687}</guid>
          
      Please let me know if you have any solution for this.
      
      Thanks
      Binod 
      
    • Hi Binod
      
      I am wondering about this path in the ActivityLog.xml: "c:/SoftwareTools/SiteCore7.x/...". This is not something that we use in Sitecore Rocks.
      
      So I am thinking that this is caused by a Sitecore Rocks plugin or something on your machine.
      
      Could you try to remove any Sitecore Rocks plugins, that you may have installed?
      
      Thanks.
    • Hi Jakob:
      
      I removed all the site core rocks related plugins , and the OneClick Debug related path it was referring to initially .
      
      reinstalled VS2013 but still No Luck! still same strange behavior.
      Sitecore Windows version works.
      
      Please advise.
      
      Thanks
      
      
  • Rocks stop working.
    3 Posts | Last post Tue 12:45 PM
    • Hi Jakob,
               before explaining my problem, i want to say, great tool, really usefull.
      Im working on a project, and one of the developers in my team is facing an extrange behavior. Without a reazon, Sitecore Rocks stop working. When we try to add an mvc sitecore rendering, nothing happends, when trying to hit "New connection", nothing happends, no errors in visual studio, or in the logs. The only strange thing that we find out, is that, in the exact same moment we click new connetion or something related to Rocks, this error appears in the even viewer: The Adobe Flash Player Update Service service entered the running state. I know, it looks like that has nothing to do, but is the only strange thing i found. If you have some informacion like, if is not supporting the last VS2013 update or something like that, could be really usefull. 
      
      Thanks in advance.
      
      Emiliano
      
    • Hi Emiliano
      
      Hmm... That is odd. Could you try to attach the ActivityLog.xml - possibly there is an assembly, that is not being loaded correctly.
      
      Thanks.
    • Thanks Jakob, after looking to the activityLog, we find out that some files were missing. Thanks for the quick response.
  • Sitecore Rocks for Windows not starting at all
    2 Posts | Last post June 13, 2014
    • Just upgraded to latest version of sitecore rocks for windows (1.2.6.0) and it won't start (message: "Application cannot be started. Contact the application vendor"), here's the log:
      
      PLATFORM VERSION INFO
      	Windows 			: 6.1.7601.65536 (Win32NT)
      	Common Language Runtime 	: 4.0.30319.18444
      	System.Deployment.dll 		: 4.0.30319.18408 built by: FX451RTMGREL
      	clr.dll 			: 4.0.30319.18444 built by: FX451RTMGDR
      	dfdll.dll 			: 4.0.30319.18408 built by: FX451RTMGREL
      	dfshim.dll 			: 4.0.41209.0 (Main.041209-0000)
      
      SOURCES
      	Deployment url			: file:///xxx
      	Deployment Provider url		: http://vsplugins.sitecore.net/Install/Sitecore.Rocks.Windows.application
      						Server		: Microsoft-IIS/8.5
      						X-Powered-By	: ASP.NET
      	Application url			: http://vsplugins.sitecore.net/Install/Application%20Files/Sitecore.Rocks.Windows_1_2_6_0/Sitecore.Rocks.Windows.exe.manifest
      						Server		: Microsoft-IIS/8.5
      						X-Powered-By	: ASP.NET
      
      IDENTITIES
      	Deployment Identity		: Sitecore.Rocks.Windows.application, Version=1.2.6.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0000000000000000, processorArchitecture=x86
      	Application Identity		: Sitecore.Rocks.Windows.exe, Version=1.2.6.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0000000000000000, processorArchitecture=x86, type=win32
      
      APPLICATION SUMMARY
      	* Installable application.
      
      ERROR SUMMARY
      	Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log.
      	* Activation of C:xxx resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected:
      		+ Value does not fall within the expected range.
      
      COMPONENT STORE TRANSACTION FAILURE SUMMARY
      	No transaction error was detected.
      
      WARNINGS
      	* The manifest for this application does not have a signature. Signature validation will be ignored.
      	* The manifest for this application does not have a signature. Signature validation will be ignored.
      	* The manifest for this application does not have a signature. Signature validation 
    • Hi coalvilledave
      
      Unfortunately the error is not sufficiently details, that I can figure what is happening. It looks similar to this issue on StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9704532/value-does-not-fall-in-the-expected-range-clickonce-deployment
      
      The only thing I can suggest is to try to uninstall completely and install again.
      
      Sorry about this.
  • connection problems
    5 Posts | Last post June 04, 2014
    • Hello Jakob, 
      Love the idea of Sitecore Rocks but cant seem to connect to local instance. Keep getting the "Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel with authority 'localhost'. Remote certificate invalid..."
      Here's my setup..
      1. local sitecore instance setup in local IIS using :80 & :443. 443 Uses self-signed cert.
      2. Content is displayed by just going to http://localhost. Stage is displayed by going to https://localhost/sitecore/login.
      3. DB's are remote.
      
      Connection-
      Data provider: Hard Rock Web Service
      Host name: localhost OR https://localhost
      User name: smu\XXXXXXXX
      Password: XXXXX
      Location: C:\localdev\sitecore\Website
      
      Any ideas why I cant connect? Is a self-signed cert not enough to authorize connection?
      
      Thanks,
      Chris
      
      
    • I have the same problem. Would love to hear a reply to it.
    • Hi
      
      I am no security expert.
      
      I have a clean machine - no weird stuff from our IT department, and it works.
      
      Remote database should be no problem.
      
      Does it work, if you have no certificates installed (I have no idea if is possible to set up, once you do have certificates on your machine).
      
      What happens if you request the /sitecore/shell/webservice/service2.asmx page directly?
      
      Are you running as Windows Administrator? If not, try that.
      
      Are you using Active Directory to login into Sitecore?
    • Follow up: What happens if you use the Good Old Web Service?
    • Change to Good Old Web Service worked for me, but just when I changed it, VS2013 crashed.
  • Error when installing on VS2010
    3 Posts | Last post May 20, 2014
    • I get an error when installing stating "This extension is not installable on any currently installed projects". Any clue as to what can cause this. I have VS2010 installed so I don't understand
    • I didn't have the correct version of VS installed. It was only the shell version. I've resolved this by installing VS12 Pro
    • Hi Tyshun
      
      Glad you fixed it.
  • Copy item ro different site
    2 Posts | Last post May 20, 2014
    • Hello,
      
      Is it possible to copy item to different site via clipboard?
    • Hi Alex
      
      Yes, in the Sitecore Explorer, right-click to pop up the context menu. Then select Tools | Xml | Copy or Paste.
  • Missing required component?
    6 Posts | Last post April 17, 2014
    • Hi.  I just installed latest version and am now getting a message from VS2013 every time I launch it.  I have had previous versions of this product before now, and never had this issue.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled the tool several times today to try to rectify the situation (assuming it is an issue on my system.)  The message I am receiving is "The Sitecore Template Wizard is not installed, and adding new Visual Studio items which also creates Sitecore items will not work correctly.  Do you want to install it now?..."  If I cancel, VS2013 opens fine.  If I click OK, VS2013 goes off into NeverNever land and does not return, does not appear to be doing anything (No CPU or network activity) and the process tree has to be killed to stop the process.  Can you please point out to me what I need to install to remove this message from occuring every time I enter VS2013?
      
      Thanks
      Rob
    • Same problem here with me.
      
      http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag430/navalarya/visualstudio_zps3a64bf62.png
      
      -Naval
    • Hi
      
      Sorry to hear this - others are having the same issue. There are some tips and tricks in the SDN thread:
      
      http://sdn.sitecore.net/SDN5/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=60131
      
      If you cannot access SDN, let me know and I will post the info here.
      
    • Doesn't help. I manually copied the dll but dialog still opens up.
    • Hi NavalKishore
      
      The next version is due in a week or two. Hopefully it will fix the issue for you.
    • Joost Hollander's solution worked for me from the link provided.  I also was installed in a nonstandard location.
  • Editing items - 1.2.0.6
    9 Posts | Last post April 16, 2014
    • After this update I can't doubleclick items to edit them.
      Context menu doesn't work either.
      Using VS 12.0.30110.00.
      Components have been updated.
    • 1.2.0.7 didn't change anything.
    • Hi Thorbeck
      
      That is odd. What version of the CMS are you using?
    • Hi Thorbeck
      
      Had some other reports of this - just to be sure, are you running VS 2013 and  not 2012?
    • Sitecore 7.1 rev. 140130.
      Visual Studio Premium 2013 Version 12.0.30110.00 Update 1.
      Using Hard Rock Webservice.
      
      These are Sitecore MVC projects.
    • Hi Thorbeck
      
      Version 1.2.5 is out - it should be fixed in this version.
    • Jepp, nå rocker sitecore igjen.
      Takk takk.
    • Doesn't help. I manually copied the dll but dialog still opens up.
    • Hi NavalKishore
      
      Other repots of this was caused by having port numbers (or other 'illegal' charaters) in the name of the site.
      
      It has been fixed in the next version.
      
      Could you please confirm, if this is the issue you are having?
      
      Thanks.
  • Automate Anti Package
    2 Posts | Last post February 20, 2014
    • Hey guys, 
      
      I was wondering if anyone has ever automated the anti-package creation of Sitecore Rocks?  I have a CI build of a rather large Sitecore project and I would like to add creating an anti-package as part of the process.  
      
      Thanks in advance,
      Xavier
    • Hi Xavier
      
      That is an interesting question. It is not designed for that, but you might be able to hack it.
      
      You can call the Hard Rock Web Service's execute method with the typename set to "Packages.CreateAntiPackage". This method accepts the filename of the package to create an anti-package for.
      
      Fire up Reflector and have a look at the class Sitecore.Rocks.Server.Requests.Packages.CreateAntiPackage in the Sitecore.Rocks.Server assembly.
      
      Possibly you can rip out all the code to create your own assembly.
  • Limited Tools menu for non-local Sitecore connections
    2 Posts | Last post January 22, 2014
    • Anyone know why the Tools menu on nodes under a non-locally hosted Sitecore connection would not contain all the items typically available?
      
      I am specifically looking for the Query Analyzer tool; for non-local connections  the Tools menu only contains the section containing 'Sites' thru 'Validation', Recycle Bin, and Switch Language.
      
      Thanks for any help.
    • Hi csmall2gsu
      
      You are probably using the Good Old Web Service which does not support all features. However to use the Hard Rock Web Service, you need physical access to install additional assemblies in the website. This is for security reasons.
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