Kill switch, we've got Action!

If you still use the switch construct for conditional logic - in any language, you should know about a few alternatives. Here's dictionaries, actions and funcs to the rescue.…

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Sliced bread, UX from a parent's perspective

This sunday morning, I was desperately trying to ensure my youngest ate her breakfast. She gave me a lession on assessing usage of software, or rather the lack of usage, through her own refusal to eat her bread.…

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Templatable grid for Umbraco

Ever set up the same grid layout for several documents in a row? Stop that. Here's a package that lets you template the grids with pre populated rows and editors.…

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Building a text flow editor for the grid

Exploring ways to separate content from layout in Umbraco is fun and useful. However, UX is the most important part of such an endeavor. In this post, I prototype a grid editor that will show a long rich text in between other editor parts.…

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Separating data and content from layout in Umbraco

With the grid and nested content taking over more and more of the backoffice in Umbraco, we should be cautious not to create new and even more tangled messes. Here's some pros and cons of the grid et. al. and some stuff I think we should be aware of.…

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Debugging happily alongside Trend Micro

Trend Micro has an unauthorized change prevention feature running as a service called tmbmsrv.exe. It may go 100% CPU bonkers and stall your threads when debugging. Here's how to fix it.…

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Relation Editor 1.2.0 released

Umbraco Relation Editor has finally been made 7.3+ compatible and got a few fixes to boot. Here's a video showing how to use it and a summary of the changes.…

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The basics of unit testing Umbraco

Unit testing Umbraco may be a daunting task. Here's a shortcut to get started and focus on what matters: your logic.…

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Slides from CG16 and testing IPublishedContent properties

Stubbing properties on an IPublishedContent is rather useful when you just need a test for any content. Here's how you do it. Slides from CG16 also available from here.…

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Building a spell checker for search in Umbraco

Spell checking is part of what makes good search engines good. Building one is actually quite easy if you lean on Lucene Contrib. In this article we'll combine Examine with Lucene's SpellChecker and create some meaningful feedback to the user.…

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