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In the Blogs section you will find technical articles focused around .NET Development: mostly my thoughts on C#, ASP.NET, and DotNetNuke (DNN) implementations. If you are interested in outside Consulting or arranging a , you will see those sections too.

Recent Blog Postings

Handing Namespace and Class Changes in Entity Framework

08 Oct

Entity Framework is an amazing set of tooling that helps to manage data access in an efficient manner, however, it seems that when things start to go "funny" it can be a major time-suck.  A recent issue that I experienced that I thought would be worth sharing was an issue related to applying migrations.  Adding migrations is something that has become trivial, yet one day my project reported Unable to generate an explicit migration because the following explicit migrations are pending:.... With every single one of my existing migrations listed.  This was highly curious, as the application has been in use, in production, for the better part of a few months.

tags: C#, .NET 4.5, .NET 4.6, Entity Framework

Fixing Failing DNN Scheduler DNN 7.3.x Issues

23 Sep

In the past few months I have had to work with various issues with DNN/Evoq sites not executing scheduler jobs.  A number of various blog posts as well as forum posts have been started on the issue, and all point to a similar issue with regards to case-sensitivity with the scheduler and the web server name.  I had a recent situation though where I had fixed all of the issues outlined but was still seeing an error.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Development, Quick Tips

Don't Fear the Cache

17 Sep

Over the past three to four years I have spent extensive time working with customers to improve performance.  As part of this endeavor I have had the pleasure of working with numerous internal, external and third-party development teams for these companies and the experiences have provided a great deal of insight to how people look at performance with software development.  This experience transcends platforms as the specific concern with this post has been experienced with ASP.NET MVC Projects, DNN Projects, WPF projects, and even those on mobile devices.  Although each platform or process will have different rules and requirements for performance and methods to manage it, there are a few constants. This post is going to be the first of many posts around performance optimization and development. best practices. 

tags: C#, Performance, .NET 4.5, .NET 4.6

Avoiding Issues with DNN EncryptParameter

08 Sep

Working with DNN extension development we often need to share information from page-to-page or other locations within our application and we want to do so in a secure manner.  For the longest time DNN has contained a handy set of methods in the UrlUtils namespace, EncryptParameter and DecryptParameter.  They are easy to use, but just recently I have uncovered a very unusual situation that resulted in an error.  Funnily enough, this code has been running in production for more than 5 years!

tags: DNN, DNN Development, Quick Tips