Whither PaaS?

With the big news from Symposium being the start of Sitecore’s move towards the SaaS market, it’s interesting to have a think about what that means for us developers and architects in the medium to long term. Because it seems likely there’s going to be quite a bit of change for us… Continue reading

Symposium Slides: O’ Solr Mio!

This year, my talk at Sitecore Symposium was an introduction to deploying Solr for production use. It covered why you want SolrCloud, what you need to plan for it, and how you can go about installing it. Enough for a beginner to get from a blank Windows Server to running SolrCloud, and Sitecore configured to match.

If you missed my talk, or if you saw it and want to study it further, then you are in luck! Continue reading

Dealing with very long running search builds

A problem I’ve encountered a number of times in my Sitecore career is that when content trees are large and indexing tasks complex, it can take such a long time to perform a full rebuild of a search index that your web application can end up recycling for some reason before the build completes… Once content grows to this size, search can become quite difficult to manage, so I’ve been experimenting with a tool to help. Continue reading

Bonus chatter: What will you be doing at Symposium, Jeremy?

It’s only a few weeks until Sitecore Symposium kicks off for this year. My presentation is taking shape nicely (more of that later) but I’ve also been considering what I’ll be watching from the rest of the conference… So if you’re looking for inspiration, or still on the fence about buying yourself a ticket, here’s what I’m looking forward to around this year’s event: Continue reading

Reformatting config XML so it’s easier to diff

Every so often pretty much every developer ends up in a situation where they’re looking at a bug that manifests on one platform, but not on another. The sort of bug where you end up spending hours looking through log and config files for a subtle difference. I found myself looking into just this sort of bug recently, but on a site where (to my frustration) the config files were full of comments and whitespace differences across platforms that made diffing really hard**. Spotting that subtle bug-causing difference is pretty much impossible when your diff is full of noise… So how can we fix that? Continue reading

Caching when you have duplicate container components

In theory, the magic of Dynamic Placeholders lets us have a container component placed onto your page more than once. That didn’t work in the old world of “static” placeholders, because the rendering engine didn’t like two placeholders with the same name. But despite it’s benefits, the dynamic implementation has an annoying edge case – you may not be able to enable caching for your container component. I had a client bump into this issue recently, so I spent some time considering approaches that might help them address this issue. Continue reading