A fast query edge case that might bite you

There’s been a bit of discussion (I might even go as far as to say ranting 😉 ) on the subject of not using “fast query” in your website code recently. I’m a supporter of this idea – but I came across an issue recently that points out why it’s not always easy to be confident that you’re not making use of it indirectly…

So, for the benefit of Google: Continue reading

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What do you mean it’s not editable any more?

So while battling the jetlag that hit me pretty hard getting back from Sitecore Symposium, this issue came popped up in my bug queue last week. QA reported that a certain component on a test page was not allowing one field to be edited. It had worked in the past, but the behaviour suddenly changed so that one field no longer got the “you can edit this” overlay in Experience Editor. It took me longer than it should have to work out why… Continue reading

Community advice for (conference) speakers

So Sitecore Sitecore Symposium is very nearly upon us again. And this year (for the first time!) I’ll be presenting a session. [Unless it gets moved again: Day 2 (Tuesday 9th), 16:15 in Swan 2 – “Measure if you want to go faster” – A developer’s introduction to improving performance by measuring your code]

When this year’s speakers first found out that their talk abstracts had been accepted, there was a bit of discussion on the Sitecore Slack about things speakers might want to know or do. And I’ve been meaning to write this up for a while, because there were quite a few things I saw that were worth sharing to help anyone else who’s looking forward to their first opportunity to speak… Continue reading

Ok, how did I break Experience Editor this time?

Experience Editor. It’s really great when it’s all working. But it’s not difficult to make mistakes in how you set up your site that lead to difficult to diagnose failures in the WYSIWYG editor. I came across one such issue recently that seemed like just the sort of thing Google needs to know about to save future developers (and probably Future Me as well) from the pain of debugging it. Continue reading

I’m sure my renderings were there yesterday?

As time goes on, something I’ve noticed is that as Sitecore evolves it is taking a greater reliance on search integration – making things like Solr ever more important. And that leads to an exciting new set of issues you come across if, for some reason, your search service is not available.

I wasted some perfectly good development time recently when some of my renderings vanished from published pages, thanks to this. Continue reading