Project Lifecycle

An Old Trope

February 27, 2015

Not a very long time ago,
in a repository not particularly far away....

It is a period of automation and obsolescence.
Sitecore developers committing
code, day and night, globally.
Spiraling like the arms of a galaxy
sharing tasks, techniques and trade-craft.

During the past few months
I've been developing my 
ultimate tool, the TestStar
A sitecore module with enough
power to test an entire platform.

In pursuit of stability whose breadth
and depth I've not yet known.
To restore freedom for productivity to all.

DI, IOC, TDD, OMG WTF; WHY?!?!?!

February 11, 2015

Why: adverb; for what reason or purpose. 

It may come as a surprise to some of you that I'm not an Automata. Surprise! I'm a human being. Unlike a robot or even a cyborg, I can't instantaneously learn Kung-Fu by downloading it. It takes time to accumulate knowledge and experience. I have to read, try and sometimes fail before I learn about something but eventually with persistence, I get there. 

Adventures in Unit Testing

December 05, 2014

Watch transcription.

I'm quite literally, so furiously, thinking of ways to explain the funky stuff inside my brain. I couldn't explain! You might understand though. In fact, I'd wager you will. 

Symposium 2014: Rise of the Machines

September 13, 2014

Viva Las Vegas!

I'm now watching mountains drift beneath the wing of my plane (sunglasses on). I'm leaving Las Vegas richer not poorer. You could say, I've just had quite an amazing Sitecore Experience (wink). 

I, Sitecore: Integrating machine learning

August 26, 2014

I've more recently released a video recap of the presentation I gave to the New England Sitecore User Group.

Homage

You've unlocked a door with a key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of clouds. A dimension of sites. A dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into, the Sitecore zone. (shocking music)

Sitecore Extranet Module

May 30, 2014

Antecedent

Friends, romans, countrymen... et al, the Setting Up a Sitecore Extranet article I wrote in 2011 is one of my most trafficked. It occurred that many of you could benefit from the additional changes that I've made since then, so that those who are setting up your own system by hand could now benefit from a module that manages most of the process for you. For visual reference, I've made a video for a quick intro to the module.

There already exists an extranet module on the Sitecore Marketplace but I'm not the developer of it. Sitecore is. The documentation says it was created in 2007 for Sitecore 5.3. I've never used it so I can't speak to its efficacy. I'm presenting my own solution and you're free to choose which will work best for you.  

Data Importer Updated

May 12, 2014

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Data Importer is a Sitecore module on the Sitecore Marketplace. It's a tool that allows you to import data into Sitecore. It was originally built to import sites from existing websites by pulling from databases and into content items. It allows you the flexibility to handle each individual field in a row of data using a number of built-in conversion types but also allows you to extend the system by creating your own providers for data sources and adding your own field conversion types

Musings of a Sitecore Developing Man

April 25, 2014

Prologue

This article is about the theory of template development. A topic, which at its best, is dry and wonkish. My goal is to provoke thought and discussion but mostly to prevent others from having to continuously wander through this hedge maze until they invariably come to the same end. Besides that, there may be a better solution still that someone else has come up with.

TestStar - A Web and Unit Testing SDK

April 05, 2014

Diatribe

I began working with web testing years ago with the MS Test framework when I got a version of Visual Studio that allowed it's use. I started small and began building simple ping tests. Over time it developed into a tool would run sets of tests daily and fed the results into a blog that I could read every morning. It tought me a lot but eventually I hit too many limitations. License cost being the most obvious but also I couldn't create a custom interface for it. I had to work within Visual Studio and the UI was too blunt. This forced me to finally bite the bullet and start converting my system to NUnit and Watin.

Sheer UI: 4 - Building a Wizard

February 01, 2014

Prefacio

I've finally come full circle. I initially intended to write about a pre-existing wizard that I rebuilt before I found out about xaml controls. Ignore the irony about writing a series on using xaml controls and giving the final how-to article using the old controls but I did build the wizard(s) before I discovered the system; so there's that. Also, as I mentioned at the end of the first article, there's a sample tutorial wizard provided by Sitecore, built using the new xaml controls which can be used if you're up to converting it.