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Time to post a question instead of an answer myself this time ;)
I'm creating a custom datatype (which connects WikiPlex to umbraco, as per request by Douglas) which would need 2 values. An original value so it can be edited in the back-end, and a rendered value for display at the front-end.
Is this thought a bit too far and should I just render the content each time it is requested or is a dual-value situation possible? If so, what would be the best way to do it? Store it as custom XML?
For any pointers I would be very gratefull :-)
Do you know if any benchmarks have been done on WikiPlex yet?
Wonder what they do on CodePlex? I'm guessing that the wiki-content is rendered at runtime - rather than rendered at save/publish (and stored in the database).
I'd probably go with render at runtime myself... but I can see what you are aiming for with the performance gains of storing both values.
You can create settings to your datatype and on publish store rendered content here.
or store values as xml with subnodes (similar to relatedlinks datatype)
As a general software architect rule: "the same data should be stored at a single (only one) location".(Not knowing the details of your envisioned solution though...)
I would go for the render at run-time option, and apply caching to overcome any performance issues.
How do I create a custom setting for a custom data type? I can't find any help about this