Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis
Sitecore, C# and web development
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A blog about technology that catches my attention

It's a bit like a swap-file for my brain...

10 years, 324 posts and counting

How SecurityDisabler and similar 'switcher' objects work in Sitecore

You've probably used these objects, but did you ever think about how they work?

Just because stuff is "old" doesn't mean it's not interesting... I found myself having a discussion with a colleague recently about the state management patterns that Sitecore uses for things like SecurityDisabler and how they work in the ASP.Net pipeline. It's not new tech, but it is an interesting pattern which you might find uses for outside your XP implementations...

What's this Accelerate business?

Summarising my recent user group talk

The other week I got the chance to do a talk for the Manchester user group in the UK about the what & why of Sitecore's Accelerate program. It seemed like a topic that was worth summarising here as well, for people who prefer to read their info rather than watch it...

Looking forward to SUGCON EU

What's caught my eye on the agenda?

Earlier this week, I got my first chance to take a look at the agenda for this year's SUGCON EU (in Dublin next month), and a few things jumped out for me as things I probably want to watch at the event. Maybe they'd be of interest to you too?

Sitecore SUGCON ~3 min. read

Confusing myself with Sitecore's database authentication

Containers are set up differently, and that can bite...

Sometimes things you think you know turn out not to be right. I got bitten by this issue recently, and it seemed like something to write down. Because being wrong is fine, as long as you learn something...

When not to follow 'the rules'...

You have to understand them to know when you can break them

There are certain "rules of programming" that I keep hearing about in my career. One that came up in an interesting work debate recently was "you should never use regular expressions to parse HTML". Don't get me wrong - there can be a lot of useful knowledge wrapped up in these rules, but should we always follow them to the letter? I think it's an interesting question...

C# .Net ~4 min. read

A fun gotcha with Azure Front Door Premium

How the config of a PaaS App Service can get into a loop with Front Door

I bumped into an interesting redirect-loop issue with a Sitecore instance sitting behind Azure Front Door recently. It's not a product I know a great deal about, so this seemed worth writing down in case I come across it again, or others bump into the same challenge. Turns out it wasn't a Sitecore-specific issue, but its definitely something which could affect other Sitecore sites...

Azure Sitecore ~3 min. read

XM Cloud: We're on a journey

Strap in - We're heading for the future!

There was a lot of interesting discussion at SUGCON NA and the MVP Summit towards the back-end of last year. I've got piles of notes I took about stuff that caught my attention over the course of those events. But out of all the sessions, one specific thing stuck out to me as a vision of our future as Sitecore developers. And it's a topic that's come up a few times in my conversations with people at work and in the general community. So it seemed like it was worth writing about...

Sitecore XM Cloud ~7 min. read

Adding reading time estimates to blog posts

Statiq makes this sort of extension pretty easy

The second idea on my "little things I'd meant to add to this blog for a while" list was reading time estimates. Like the reading progress indicator from before, this shouldn't be tricky, and in this case I wanted to write it down in case anyone else working with Statiq was interested in achieving something similar on their site.

C# Statiq ~3 min. read

Adding a reading-progress bar to blog posts

Easy stuff isn't always as easy as you expect

I'd had the idea that I should add a "reading progress" indicator to my blog posts for a while now, and I finally got around to adding it the other weekend. What I'd assumed would be a five minute job had an interesting issue I thought I should document for others...

Driving browsers: #3 The states

Because sometimes reinventing the wheel is fun!

Time for the final part of my series on controlling a web browser. With code to load a browser, and the overarching State Machine to control it, this part finishes off with the code for some states to load a page and extract its markup. Plus a few conclusions...