Windows 10 Feature Request (and Interim Solution): Wildcard HOSTS file entries

Be sure to check out my recent blog post regarding my Windows 10 Feature Request (and Interim Solution): Wildcard HOSTS file entries. Here is an excerpt:

As a consultant building multiple web applications, especially solutions built with the Sitecore Experience Platform, I would spend too much time adjusting entries in my C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts file. If you are unaware of what the hosts file is, you can find out all about it and it’s history in this Wikipedia article: wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_(file). Some time ago I started implementing what should be a simple standardization best practice: all my local development sites utilize a common top level domain – .local instead of .com. I have seen others use .dev and any other non-typical top level domain would work just as well.



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Windows 10 Feature Request (and Interim Solution): Wildcard HOSTS file entries

Be sure to check out my recent blog post regarding my Windows 10 Feature Request (and Interim Solution): Wildcard HOSTS file entries. Here is an excerpt:

As a consultant building multiple web applications, especially solutions built with the Sitecore Experience Platform, I would spend too much time adjusting entries in my C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts file. If you are unaware of what the hosts file is, you can find out all about it and it’s history in this Wikipedia article: wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_(file). Some time ago I started implementing what should be a simple standardization best practice: all my local development sites utilize a common top level domain – .local instead of .com. I have seen others use .dev and any other non-typical top level domain would work just as well.



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Check out my first four Modules now in the Sitecore Marketplace

Be sure to check out my recent blog post where I go over details regarding my first four Modules now in the Sitecore Marketplace, here is an excerpt:

While delivering some recent training sessions I provided for a customer, I covered many of the areas where Sitecore is both customizable and extensible. And, if you are like me and like to explore all the new features that are released with each Sitecore version, you probably also found it absurd that getting to some of these features was too much of a manual process. At least I did.

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Use the Fully Qualified Name When Using a Sitecore MVC Controller – Sitecore Best Practice

Be sure to check out my latest blog post at (my employer) XCentium‘s blog where I go over details regarding what should be the new Best Practice and why you should use the Fully Qualified Name and Assembly for the Controller When Using a Sitecore MVC Controller.

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Four months at XCentium and loving it!

It’s hard to believe it’s been four months since I joined XCentium. XCentium is a consulting company that some previous colleagues started while I was working at Microsoft. They currently have three Sitecore MVP’s on staff: Niket Ashesh, Martin Knudsen and Zac Malmquist. Getting to work with these guys again (and everyone else at XCentium) has been very exciting so far.

In the four fast months at XCentium I have wrapped up a Sitecore 7.0 project and converted a heavily customized Flash based Google map to jQuery/Google Maps v3 API. I am currently working on a massive Sitecore 7.2 MVC project with about 170,000-340,000 microsites and Insite Commerce integration. Very exciting! I will share more details as I get approval to share. One of the many reasons I love working on Sitecore solutions versus intranet SharePoint solutions 99.9% of the time they are publicly accessible!

In case you don’t know what Sitecore is, or you haven’t seen their relatively recent site redesign, you definitely should check out http://www.sitecore.net

I always like to put it in terms that most people can understand. It’s like SharePoint, but for public facing web sites with so many extra features that makes the decision to use it very simple. It is much easier to implement multi-lingual capabilities, has built in analytics and what started as a Content Management System is now a complete Experience Management System. By the way, you can even replace your SharePoint intranet with the Sitecore Intranet Portal as well.



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Congratulations! You have one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012

I just received this email yesterday congratulating me on the achievement of having one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012. I am humbled and shocked.

In the same email they announced that have now reached 200 million members. I just had to share, since I find it ironic that so many years ago I had some personal exchanges regarding the value and privacy risks of using a service such as LinkedIn.

I do have at least a few beefs with LinkedIn. I wish they’d either raise or drop the 50 group limit. I like the idea they just launched of having a separate section of your profile for Volunteering and Non-Profit organizations. So much that I moved some of my previous roles to them, only to find out that the recommendations that people have taken their precious time to leave for me can not be moved. After contacting support, I was told that they currently do not have this feature. Now I get to move some of those items back at some point, so I can preserve those invaluable recommendations. argh. Oh well, it is still a terrific site and obviously no one is perfect.

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My Blog/Site Reimagined!

One of the exciting things that I have decided to do for 2013 is a relaunch, or to coin the phrase Microsoft has liked to use lately, to reimagine both my blog and personal web site. Over the holidays, I happened to notice that RadicalDave.com was available. Since there has always been cybersquatters occupying my namespace .com and I had to utilize David L Walker.com, I am excited to utilize this easier to use domain. Back in high school and even earlier, I had used the alias Radical Dave quite a few times while connecting and running BBS’s, etc.

I can only hope and strive to live up to the expectations that come with using such a namespace. Stay tuned!

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New Year’s Resolutions in progress for 2013!

You may have noticed from my social networks – Twitter, FaceBook, and/or LinkedIn, that my family and I decided to kick off 2013 with some major life changing events. After exactly three and half years as a Senior Application Development Manager for Microsoft, I accepted the exciting opportunity to join FMCTechnologies as their Public Web Architect. I am already really enjoying the opportunity to return to focusing on Sitecore. They have some major projects underway and I am excited to be involved with them. I will be more than happy to share more details as I can.

I have several other new and exciting surprises planned for 2013, so stay tuned!



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First annual NWA TechFest event was a huge success!

I am proud to say that the NWA community came out and did the first NWA TechFest justice!

Due to a few minor glitches in the first run of the touch screen kiosks, we were unable to get an exact head count. It was very safe to say we had over 250+ attendees. The volunteers ran the registration through the kiosks this time, but next time, at the 5th annual Tulsa TechFest – Friday, November 12th, it will be all Self-Service Touch screen kiosks.

All the speakers did excellent jobs and the evaluations are still coming in, but they have all been very good so far!

Special kudo’s were given to our keynote presenter Microsoft’s Murray Vince, General Manager OEM Embedded, Field & Service Partners, for coming up with a new term in the title of his presentation: Retail Computure: The Retail Computing Future!

There will be more news and information from the event released as it comes in. The attendee’s donated a total of $269 to the big local non-profit community program: The Jones Center. We are still waiting on the weight from the NWA Food bank for the cans that were donated.

Thanks to all who attended and help make it a huge success!

Even my last minute filler session that I had to deliver: “Your Data in the Cloud Securely using OData (The Open Data Protocol) was well attended! You can find the slides here:

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NWATechFest 2010 Agenda is complete and registration is now open

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing the newest city to host a TechFest event – Rogers, Arkansas! The North West Arkansas area has a thriving Developer and IT Pro community. Not to mention it is home to the *Fortune 1* company in the world.

Facilities to hold this first event were very difficult to come by economically, but we’ve found a great win-win location: the Center for Nonprofits @ St. Marys. It is owned and operated by The Jones Center. The list of community programs they have is very long and includes things such as a Women’s Shelter.

The agenda is now up and as complete as any agenda can be for an event of this size. (After running the TulsaTechFest event for now going on it’s fifth year, I know the schedule will change – due to cancelations, etc.)

With eight tracks, twenty seven+ speakers and forty sessions, the event will definitely have something for everyone!

We are still working on Prizes for the event, but we are already over $17,000 in books and software!

As with all the Tulsa TechFest events this one is Free! Although, we do ask you to support the community and bring two canned foods or two bucks to be donated to the www.NWAFoodBank.com and www.TheJonesCenter.org.

 

We hope to see you there! Register now at: www.NWATechFest.com

 

Be sure to watch www.TechFests.com as I am publicizing any other TechFest events that are now occurring all over. It’s powered by www.CommunityMegaphone.com, so be sure to add your events there.

Another new city to host a TechFest – Washington DC!! www.DCTechFest.com

If you are interested in hosting a TechFest event in your area and want assistance, just email me. After moving to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 just before TulsaTechFest 2008, I’ve honed the process and can spin up a new city / year very easily. Just in case you If you don’t want to have to worry about building a website on top of all the other things involved with organizing an event.



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