Visual Studio Online and Azure deployment

VSOThis past Tuesday I attended a Webinar led by ALM Ranger and Microsoft MVP Esteban Garcia (@EstebanFGarcia). The topic? Azure and Visual Studio Online (VSO), specifically around deployments (or so I thought). There was more content in this session than I expected to get, that’s for sure!

My primary goal in attending the session was to get a better picture of how deployments worked from VSO code repositories into the Azure cloud, but as a bonus there was also coverage of VSO load testing functionality, as well as Application Insights. Continue reading “Visual Studio Online and Azure deployment”

Keystone for Sitecore: Extending template entities

keystone-logoThe Keystone for Sitecore business layer provides generated template entities for each page and component template. These entities provide properties to access each field with a strongly-typed value, as well as properties for template identifiers, field identifiers, and field names. As you extend the Keystone templates and add new fields, you will want to extend these classes for use in your components.

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Sitecore MVC: Editable links wrapping text and images

In transitioning from Sitecore Web Forms sublayouts to Sitecore MVC renderings, there are some things that have to be done a little differently. In this post, we’ll examine the scenario of wanting to provide authors with the ability to edit text or an image inside of an editable link. Credit goes to @mhwelander who helped me out by providing the solution!

The essential issue at play here is that you no longer have the ability to ‘wrap’ server controls around each other. In Web Forms, you can place one control inside of another, but this is not supported by the Sitecore MVC markup format.

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