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28 Days of Sitecore Rocks: History Table Viewer and Languages

Today's topic in the 28 Days of Sitecore Rocks is the History Table Viewer and Languages tools.  The History Table Viewer is a specialized tool to investigate content history.  The Language tool is also a specialized tool that aids in the management of Sitecore languages.

Let's start with the History Table Viewer.  To open the History Table Viewer, right-click anywhere in the Sitecore Explorer, navigate under the Tools menu and click the History Table Viewer item.

 

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The History Table Viewer, as the name implies, is a tool to view the Sitecore History database table in Visual Studio.  The Sitecore History table is used to tell what, when and who changed or added something in Sitecore.  Using this tool we can filter the results to narrow down a particular update.  Each result has the following information.

 

  • Action - Created, Added Version, Saved, Deleted, etc.
  • Category - The Category of the action.
  • Date Time - Date and Time of action.
  • Item ID - The Sitecore Item ID.
  • Language - The Sitecore Language of the item.
  • Version - The Sitecore Version of the Item.
  • User Name - The Sitecore user who performed the action.
  • Task - The Task performed.
  • Path - The Path in Sitecore to the Item.
  • Additional Info - Any Additional Information about the action.

 

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We can also filter the result set by a date range if we know an approximate date/time in which we are looking for an update.

 

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The other tab in this tool is the Languages tool.  It's a very straightforward interface that display the current languages enabled in Sitecore.

 

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We can add a new language by simply right clicking the Languages tool to open the context menu.  Here we can pull the information from a redefined language in Sitecore or create a new language from scratch.

 

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The History Table Viewer and Languages tools provide insight into two distinct functions of Sitecore.  They both can aid in the development effort of a Sitecore site from different aspects.

 

Find out what  Sitecore Rocks feature I’ll be covering tomorrow!