Four 51 Release Notes - About


Four51 Storefront provides customers with the ability to build B2B and B2C ordering sites. The original 1.0 technology is a Software as a Service based on Microsoft technologies. These pages can be accessed from the URL in the browser’s address bar with the .aspx extension. Features developed for 1.0 are indicated in the release notes as .aspx or admin.

In 2014, responding to the growth of mobile devices and the need for prolific site customization, Four51 developed Storefront 2.0, a hybrid Platform as a Service\Software as a Service that begins with a reference application called Four51 Storefront. Storefront is delivered as a single-page application that is constructed with Responsive Design and Javascript calling a REST API created from Four51’s proven application business logic and data model. This is a hybrid model because it uses the API to create custom buying experiences while maintaining a consistent admin experience for both new and legacy catalogs. Buying sites can be .aspx pages OR single-page applications, while the admin for these sites remains as .aspx pages. Features developed in 2.0 are typically listed in the release notes as Storefront, but might also refer to additional reference applications like Mobile Approvals.

In 2015, Four51 released a Custom Solutions Library on Github that allows subscribers to access code with step-by-step instructions for supplemental solutions and features that can be applied to any site. Features developed as Custom Solutions are listed in the release notes as Solutions Library.

When a Buyer is configured for a Four51 Storefront application, it can be set up in a few different ways that have different implications when Four51 performs an application release:

* Prior to making Four51 Storefront an open-source project on GitHub, specific releases included a zip file containing the updated files in the release to help with the merging process.

When Four51 plans an application release, a communication is posted to and the admin interface indicating the features in the release and the release date.  Depending on the scope of the release and expected customer impact, a beta release to a non-production environment is made available to review and test the new features.  When the beta period is complete, the production release date is communicated through the same mechanisms.

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