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Active Server Pages (ASP)
An option in Microsoft Internet Information Server which
allows applications to do "server-side" processing.
When you make changes to the Active Server Page (ASP) file
on the server, you need only save the changes to the file-the
next time the web page is displayed on a browser, the changes
will be visible. The e.Order application's web pages are
written in ASP (Active Server
Pages). All parts of the e.Order interface are in these
pages and are accessible through a HTML editing program,
such as Microsoft InterDev.
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Software that is stored on a client computer and is designed
to display HTML forms or pages, providing an interface to
the World Wide Web or your intranet. Customers must use
a browser to enter orders in e.Order. Currently, Microsoft
Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater, or Netscape Navigator
4.7 or greater are supported on Windows NT Server 4.0. Internet
Explorer 6.0 or greater is supported on Windows 2000 Server.
The laws, regulations, policies and procedures that are
encoded in an application. Also known as business logic.
e.Order uses the component object model to integrate the
business logic Dynamics with the Microsoft Commerce Server.
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The model of computing in Dynamics, whereby client applications
on a personal computer access information on remote servers
or host computers. The client portion of the application
is typically optimized for user interaction, such as data
entry or access to web pages, whereas the server
portion provides centralized, multi-user functionality,
such as batch posting.
Component Object Model
The software architecture that underlies e.Order. COM is
a software model that allows applications, such as e.Order,
to be built from binary software components. COM standards
allow for objects to be reused in other applications.
Customer price level
See price level.
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Data Source Name (DSN)
A name given to a set of properties about a database connection.
Typically the DSN contains the SQL Server database configuration
for your e.Order store and location information, but not
the user name or password.
A number used in eEnterprise to track an individual order.
New document numbers are assigned as an order is transferred
from other document types, such as an invoice.
An alias for a numeric IP address. All the computers on
the Internet can retrieve a site by IP number. A domain
name allows you to have a World Wide Web address like www.gps.com
instead of having only a number such as 188.8.131.52.
Domain Name Service
A TCP/IP service that translates domain names to and from
numeric IP addresses. It is through the DNS that the domain
name of a computer on the Internet is mapped to its IP address.
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A method of encoding data to protect it from unauthorized
viewing or use, especially during network transmission,
such as the transmission of credit card and shopper information
from the shopper's computer to the e.Order store.
e.Order is an order processing system that allows customers
and salespeople to enter orders over the Internet. It provides
a means of integrating an Internet order entry system with
Great Plains eEnterprise so that sales are generated automatically
in Sales Order Processing once sales information has been
entered by the customer or salesperson.
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Graphic Interchange Format (GIF)
The file format used for item illustrations in an e.Order
store. GIF files often are used for viewing graphics on
a web page. An interlaced GIF is one that first appears
with poor resolution, then comes into focus in digital waves.
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The first page a visitor to your e.Order site sees; the
An application that allows you to create and modify HTML
documents without typing the actual HTML code. HTML editors
include Microsoft Visual InterDev (which is recommended
for use with e.Order) and FrontPage Editor, as well as many
A reference, or link, which appears as specifically coded
text or as a graphic image, from some point in an HTML document
to another point in the same document, or to another document
somewhere on the World Wide Web. Clicking a hyperlink will
display the other linked point or document.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
A coding language used in e.Order ASP pages and for all
hypertext documents on the World Wide Web. An HTML document,
also called a web page, can display graphics as well as
other non-text content.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
The protocol used by the World Wide Web to transfer documents
between clients and servers.
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A visual element used on a web page, such as an illustration,
photograph, or background texture. e.Order item images
are in GIF format.
A group of networks that are connected to each other and
span the world. In general, the Internet uses the IP protocol
and other similar protocols. Through the Internet, users
have access to services such as e-mail, file transfer, remote
login, USENET news, the World Wide Web, WAIS, and Gopher.
Internet Information Server (IIS)
A Microsoft Internet server application that includes a
web server, application development environment and other
site management extensions. IIS processes requests for information
from the Internet, and returns the information to your browser.
Currently, Microsoft Internet Information
Server 4.0 is supported for use with e.Order on Windows
NT Server 4.0. Mircrosoft Internet Information Server 5.0
is supported for use with e.Order on Windows 2000 Server.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
A commercial organization that provides a business with
services to connect to the Internet. e.Order isn't supported
for use with a server provided by an ISP; the server where
you run eEnterprise, e.Order and your Internet server application
must be a computer within your organization.
Internet Protocol (IP)
The main protocol used to transfer information packets back
and forth on the Internet.
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The act of entering a computer system, or the account name
used to gain access. Usually, a login name must be accompanied
by the user's secret password.
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Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS)
A component of Option Pack 4.0 for Windows NT Server 4.0
and included in the install of Windows 2000 Server and referenced
as Component Services, this component combines a transaction
processing monitor, object request broker and application
development environment. You can choose to run your e.Order
application within MTS, creating a "transacted"
sales environment to ensure the accuracy of sales transactions
over the Internet.
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NT File System (NTFS)
The file system used by Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating
systems that improves reliability and controls access to
files so you can set permissions for directories and/or
individual files. NTFS files are not accessible from other
operating systems. You should install your e.Order application
associated components on an NTFS partition.
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Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)
An application programming interface used in e.Order to
access data from the Dynamics SQL Server database. ODBC
is a standard specification for cross-platform database
Order processing pipeline A visual metaphor used by Microsoft
Commerce Server to represent the
sequenced steps that an order passes through as it is processed.
For example, processing stages can include shopper information,
order submission and item pricing. e.Order includes components
that plug into the order processing pipeline.
Original document number
See document number.
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A setup option available for EEnterprise users
with Receivables Management, Inventory Control
and Sales Order Processing. A price level allows
you to set up an additional level of detail for
each price schedule, so that each unit of measure
can have unlimited price breaks for different
price levels, such as a retail price level, a
wholesale price level, and so on. In addition,
you can assign a price level to each of your
customers or prospects, which can be used when
making a purchase. In e.Order, price levels are
calculated and displayed on the PRODUCT.ASP page
only if you assign a price level to the customer.
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A software application or service used to locate files on
an intranet or the Web. Generally accessed with browsers
such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, a few of the most common
web search engines include Excite, Yahoo!, WebCrawler, Infoseek,
and Lycos, but new search engines appear constantly.
A computer or software package that provides a specific
kind of service to clients running on other computers. In
an e.Order configuration, you can set up separate servers
for the Dynamics SQL Server database and Windows NT or Windows
2000, Site Server Commerce Edition and e.Order.
Acronym for Structured Query Language. The international
standard language for defining and accessing relational
System data source name
A name that can be used by any process on the computer.
Server uses system DSNs to access the SQL Server database
your e.Order store and location information.
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A set of protocols that computers use to communicate over
the Internet. You must have TCP/IP installed on all computers
that will be used with e.Order. TCP, the Transmission Control
Protocol, is one of the main protocols used on the Internet
to break down data into individual packets of information
that can be transferred using IP, the Internet Protocol.
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Acronym for Universal Resource Locator. The World Wide Web
name for a document, file, or other resource. It describes
the protocol required to access the resource, the host where
it can be found, and a path to the resource on that host.
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A virtual directory is one that is not contained in the
home directory but appears to client browsers as though
it were. For example, the directory that contains the GIF
images for e.Order products must be set up as a virtual
directory so that both customers and store management have
access to it.
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Person who manages a web site _ similar to the network administrator.
A web server computer stores the information accessible
from a web browser. (An Internet server is an application
that processes requests to and information returned from
The set of pages that compose a person or organization's
presence on the Web.
Windows NT Option Pack 4.0
Add-on functionality for the Windows NT 4.0 operating system
that contains the Internet Information Server 4.0, Transaction
Server 3.0 and Internet Explorer 4.0.
World Wide Web (WWW)
A wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative
aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents
on the Internet. To access the Web, you use a web browser
that provides hypertext links to jump to information stored
on many different Internet web servers.