Deploying Umbraco to Windows Azure

Umbraco is a fairly mature CMS system and recently I was engaged in an assignment to deploy Umbraco CMS to Windows Azure. In this post, I’ll share some of my learning’s. Umbraco accelerator (I call it bootstrapper) works well for small to medium web sites but you definitely have to increase the default blob sync…

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WebGrid extensions on NuGet

If you’ve not read my MSDN magazine article on using WebGrid to render tabular data then go read it now: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stuartleeks/archive/2011/07/03/get-the-most-out-of-webgrid-in-asp-net-mvc.aspx! This post announces the NuGet package WebGridMvc that wraps up the custom WebGrid helpers. Why did I bother? Mostly because every time I’m talking about this stuff I have to remember where I put…

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Templated Razor Delegates combined with Partial Views

I was with a customer in Germany this week, and just before I left one of the (rather talented I might say) developers asked me about passing markup into an HtmlHelper extension. It turns out this is pretty easy, as covered by Phil Haack under Templated Razor Delegates. However, I particularly like keeping my HTML…

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Connecting to SharePoint on Office 365 with Windows Phone 7

One of my colleagues recently asked me to look into connecting to a SharePoint site running on Office 365 from a Windows Phone 7 application. Now this is something that the phone has native support for but in this case he wanted to be able to build an application that had added functionality and then…

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Is HTML5 right for you?

HTML5 is the latest buzzword in the web industry, if you’re not developing a HTML5 application then clearly you’re trapped in the era of the scrolling <marquee> and should be cast into the eternal fires of the <blink> tag. Well, frankly, I am getting a little bored of the hype that the “5” is manifesting…

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