Simple Performance Tuning and Sitecore Counters – Sitecore Best Practices

Be sure to check out my recent blog post regarding Simple Performance Tuning and Sitecore Counters – Sitecore Best Practices.

Just a refresher regarding Sitecore’s long standing recommendation to disable Memory Monitoring hooks and Performance Counters, with some tips on setting up Sitecore Counters when you do need them.

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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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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.

Read the rest here.



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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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