Sitefinity Stuff

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Welcome
This Month of October

Hello, and welcome to my corner of the world. My name is Darrin Robertson and I am a Progress Sitefinity partner, a Sitefinity developer at American Eagle and this is my site where I put some of the things I do with Sitefinity.

And it has been a while!

But with the recent release of Sitefinity 13.0 and now 13.1 I am looking to start posting again. I do have a lot of notes and topics, several of which are now obsolete. Speaking of obsolete I have been going through my code for this site and looking to remove/rewrite all the now obsolete solutions.

Another major update for me will be upgrading the eCommerce solution I have implemented. I have created an integration with Snipcart which you can read about in a recent post.

If you have anything you would like to write about feel free to drop me a suggestion.

Blog

Sitefinity Stuff Articles

In these articles I will talk about how I work and develop in Sitefinity. I also look to talk about any errors and issues I ran into hoping that it helps others who have run into the same things. I also talk about ways to achieve a solution or solve a problem. Of course there are always several ways to achieve a solution and I do hope to hear about other peoples ideas along the way.

Task Scheduler Pattern

Sitefinity comes with a background scheduler service which is really handy for peridoic processes. A design I have regular used is to actually create two tasks for every one job. Sound silly? Let me tell you what I do.

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Caching Data

In this article I provide one solution for generating and sharing data across multiple nodes of a Sitefinity website.

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Biggest Mistake Sitefinity Developers Make

Its not hard to spot a design that was created by a developer. Almost every Windows Form App up until 2010 suffered that horific left side brian effort. Thankfully today we often have a dedicated UI/UX designer sorting that out but even if you have no responsibity around what the front end pages look like you still have a major UX responsibility to ensure a successful project.

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Redis Cache

Sitefinity uses an in-memory cache service derived from the popular, (in it's day) Microsoft Enterprise Library application blocks. The trouble is that if you have a load balanced environment you are saving a copy of your cached data on every node. This extension adds a distributed cache option via Redis. It has some caveats to consider so make sure you understand those first.

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Looking

For Help

Help

Need some help with Sitefinity? Some development or consulting? Small business work or enterprise level, I can help you out through myself and my employment with American Eagle.

Modules

Perhaps a drop in module to add some functionality or a whole service module to enhance the business. I have created several reusable modules over my time and am refining them to be used by others.

Talk

My Sitefinity blog covers my experiences related to Sitefinity. I look to write about errors I run into and gotchas I have come across. General opinions and, I hope, helpful solutions.

Greg Mandile - Mandile Web Design

" Darrin has been my most valuable asset for my small business. Darrin’s professionalism, ability to meet or beat deadlines, and his top-quality work has helped my business grow since 2013. "

Erin Marmont - Wedding Celebrant

" I love the short and easy to read tutorials created for my website and that whenever I have an issue I can email or call on Darrin who helps me through any problems without fuss. "

Andy Maloney - NZ Sailor

" Darrin has been very helpful in creating a website for my Olympic Campaign. He has always been easy to contact and work with and he understands how to make the site best suit my goals. "