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Asking questions is a skill
If you’re going to get into any sort of technical job, you’re going to have to ask questions. A lot of questions. Unfortunately, too few people understand how to ask questions properly. Asking questions is a skill. It has to be learnt. Here are a few...
The CMS ecosystem and Microsoft
CMS is extremely important strategically for any web company. About 35% of web sites use a CMS, and the top ones are all PHP (WordPress on its own is more than 20% of all web sites). In other words, if you care about the market share of your web platform...
The Shift: how Orchard painlessly shifted to document storage, and how it’ll affect you
We’ve known it all along. The storage for Orchard content items would be much more efficient using a document database than a relational one . Orchard content items are composed of parts that serialize naturally into infoset kinds of documents. Storing...
Video: Orchard’s best kept recipes
In this talk that I gave last June for Orchard Harvest in Amsterdam, I showed, in no particular order, my favorite Orchard features, tricks, and modules. Don’t expect a narrative in there, cause there isn’t one, but I’m hoping you’ll learn a thing or...
My workflow for comment notifications
Workflows in Orchard 1.7 are a damn sweet feature, and in this post I’m going to show you a very simple and useful case: comment moderation and notifications. Let’s begin by going to the Modules screen and checking that the older Rules module is disabled...
How Orchard deals with dependency licenses
Managing dependencies in any project presents challenges, but open source adds its own constraints. In the wake of the release by Microsoft of new and useful libraries that are unfortunately encumbered by unacceptable licensing restrictions , I thought...
Effortlessly resize images in Orchard 1.7
I’ve written several times about image resizing in .NET, but never in the context of Orchard. With the imminent release of Orchard 1.7, it’s time to correct this. The new version comes with an extensible media pipeline that enables you to define complex...
Testing Orchard drivers
If you’ve ever tried to test Orchard part drivers, you may have been blocked by the fact that the methods on drivers are protected. That, fortunately, doesn’t mean they are untestable. Those methods are still accessible through explicit interface implementations...
Logging SQL queries in Orchard
It is often useful to see what database queries were made during a specific request in Orchard. There are quite a few ways to do this (you can trace right from SQL Server , or you can use Mini-Profiler for instance), but this morning Sébastien showed...
This is how we should read hexadecimal…
Today my five-year-old told me that when she was four, she thought that what came after ninety-nine was… tenty. You know, because seventy, eighty, ninety, tenty. At first I thought it was just funny and charming, but then I realized it was actually a...
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