Hacking TDS into generator-helix

My moment of confusion from a while back came in the middle of a big chunk of client development work. The solution already used the generator-helix package, but the work needed to make use of TDS, rather than Unicorn. Since I was going to be involved in creating a set of new features, and potentially a load of TDS projects, I wondered what it would take to make the generator-helix package support TDS… Continue reading

Making an “XP without analytics” Docker image for Sitecore

One of the minor annoyances of some XM releases of Sitecore is that rather than just disabling analytics and not running xConnect, they do not include the DLLs necessary for personalisation at all. That can be a bit of a pain sometimes – as I discovered recently when I tried to deploy some client code into an XM docker container. The site broke because the client code included references to a personalisation DLL – which made me realise I actually wanted an “XP in XM mode” container so I didn’t need to bother with the memory and CPU for xConnect. So here’s how I hacked one up… Continue reading

A moment of confusion with “generator-helix”

Because of the old maxim “anything you do more than once should be automated”, we all find ourselves working with tools to auto-generate projects and solutions for Helix architecture these days. Mostly these tools work fine – but every so often you can bump your head against unexpected behaviour – as I did recently: Continue reading

Building Docker images for older versions of Sitecore

There’s been a lot of movement towards “Docker for Sitecore” over the last year – to the extent that even I have finally jumped onto the bandwagon. And with any new tech, there are some rough edges to contend with. Right now (for me at least) one of those is being able to get the right Docker images built for the bit of work you need to do. In the future (crosses fingers) we’ll see Sitecore offering a repo for these images – but for now it’s up to us to build our own. So if you need something that’s not v9.3, here’s what I did to get there: Continue reading

Learning a fun lesson about JavaScript method parameters

I’ll be honest – I don’t do much front-end stuff. I’ve watched the odd PluralSight course on modern JavaScript, I’ve worked out the basics of Gulp, and I can hack together a VueJS UI if I need to. But it’s certainly not something I’d ever say I was good at. But despite being offically a C# developer, occasionally I find myself looking at bug tickets that relate to some front-end code. I had one of them this week, where some javascript had stopped working. The front-end dev was stuck, so I took a look – and discovered something new. Well new to me at least… Continue reading