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SDL Web 8 - Move Item in BluePrint using Core Service

As a follow-up on the previous post Move Items Between Publications, I created a simple command line utility that promotes or demotes an item using Core Service.

The program is available in this blog's GitHub repository BluePrint Move Item.

Usage parameters:
  • promote | demote -- the action to perform
  • itemTcmUri -- the item to move
  • destinationPublicationTcmUri -- the Publication to move item to

The .config file specifies the Core Service endpoint and basicHttp user/password. Note the new endpoint for SDL Web 8:

The following example promotes (moves up) an item to a parent Publication:

Mitza.MoveItem.exe promote tcm:3-37 tcm:0-2-1
Connect to CoreService
Connected as Administrator (IP-AC150874\Administrator)
Original item:  tcm:3-37 | Publication: "020 Content"
Moved item:     tcm:2-37 | Publication: "010 Schema"

The following example demotes (moves down) an item to a child Publication:

Mitza.MoveItem.exe demote tcm:2-37 tcm:0-3-1
Connect to CoreService
Connected as Administrator (IP-AC150874\Administrator)
Original item:  tcm:2-37 | Publication: "010 Schema"
Moved item:     tcm:3-37 | Publication: "020 Content"

The code highlights below are the actual worker methods:

    client.Promote(itemId, destinationPublicationId, instruction, readOptions);
    client.Demote(itemId, destinationPublicationId, instruction, readOptions);

where the instruction object defines how to deal with errors/warnings, and it can be configured to fail on Warnings or just on Errors:

    OperationInstruction instruction = new OperationInstruction { Mode = OperationMode.FailOnError };

The result of the promote/demote method is an object of type OperationResultDataOfRepositoryLocalObjectData that contains the possible warnings in the result and the result object data itself.

    OperationResultDataOfRepositoryLocalObjectData result = client.Promote(componentId, destinationRepositoryId, instruction, readOptions);
    if (result.ValidationWarnings.Length > 0)
        Console.WriteLine("Validation warnings:");
        foreach (ValidationWarningData warning in result.ValidationWarnings)
            Console.WriteLine("\tMessage:{0} | Source:{1} | Location:{2}",
                warning.Message, warning.Source, warning.Location);

Note that if a move operation fails, it will actually throw an exception and in its Message property we can find the reason(s) that caused the failure.


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