I've always been a Unit Testing guy, but reading Growing Object Oriented Software Guided by Tests really brought home the role an acceptance test outer structure can play in an iterative development process.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
So I've been working on a feature for Sitecore Instance Manager to automate installing Sitecore instances with Solr turned on. This has been pulled in to the Develop branch of SIM and should hopefully hit the downloadable version soon.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Being able to debug Sitecore code is an important skill for supporting Sitecore solutions. There have been a number of excellent articles on how to do this, but they typically describe using JetBrains DotPeek product as a "symbol server". (See http://bilyukov.com/debugging-sitecore-dotpeek/, and https://jammykam.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/how-to-debug-sitecore-kernel-in-visual/). An alternative, which I find somewhat simpler, is to use ReSharper to generate PDB files, and place those in your solution bin directory. I will walk you through that approach in this article.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
There is a special, lonely dread that accompanies a big, complex task. Am I up to it? Is it harder than I think? Am I missing something fundamental? I wonder what's going on on Twitter. Hey, I got retweeted...
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
This post is a quick look at one of my favorite features in Git, interactive rebases. I like this feature because it lets you do two conflicting things: make micro commits (like saving every couple of minutes when editing a Word doc) so you can replay your work, and always go back to a working state of your code, and making clean, well worded, self contained commits to a project repo. Interactive rebasing lets you squish your commits together when you are ready to share them.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Git is a locally stored database with integrity guarantees. To get a feel for how this works, this post takes a look at a very simple repository using the commands hash-object and cat-file. Although these are not commands you would normally use (they are among the "plumbing commands" that lie behind the "porcelain commands" like clone and commit), they are very helpful for inspecting the objects that a Git repository manages.