This is the CodeArt blog. This is where we share everything from tips & tricks to thoughtleadership articles or interesting code samples.
If you are looking for older blog posts published by Allan Thraen (Like those from labs.episerver.com or Allantech.com) you might be able to find them in our Archive.
CMS Audit Update - Visitor Groups included
Earlier this year Nicola Ayan released a nice little plugin that I instantly liked, the CMS Audit tool. It's a great way to get an easy overview over what is being used where in your CMS. In a talk about my favorite addons I showed it at Episerver Ascend Copenhagen and straight away got a question from the audience: Can we use this tool to see where visitor groups are being used? Well, now you can.
Webcast: Addons In Real Life @ CodeArt
Last week I did a couple of talks at Episerver User Group meetings in Denmark about how I've tweaked my Episerver installation at codeart.dk in order to work as a great blogging platform. I also showcase a few of the addons I'm currently working on. Now I recorded the talk, so if you have a 23 minutes to spare, then grab a coffee and make some popcorn and have a look.
Admin Mode Plugin to Manage Content Type Suggestions
If you have a site with a lot of different content types, it can be a good idea to help Episervers Automatic Content Type suggestion feature along. Here is a basic Admin mode tool - in good old webforms (yes, I washed my hands after I made it) that will let administrators / and super-editors configure exactly which content types to suggest when.
Auto Tagging Using Search
You don't always have to go the full AI route to get AI like results. In this blog post I'll describe an approach I've used several times (and for multiple purposes) with pretty decent results. Instead of classification algorithms, deep learning or neural networks I'll just simply query my favorite search engine.
Storage Performance Aftermath - ElasticSearch Joins the Fight
In 3 previous blog posts I compared various azure storage technologies with regards to performance and scalability in typical web usage scenarios. I was actually done with the series, but with all that interesting data, I decided to throw my current favorite search/storage/no-sql technology into the mix to get an idea about how it all compares. So - ElasticSearch enters the competition!
Azure Storage Performance Showdown (Post 3)
This is the 3rd post in my Azure Storage Performance comparison. So far we've examined the typical scenario of storing/retrieving data that most dynamic websites of today deal with. In this post, we'll take a closer look at Update and Delete - and finally review the financial aspects.
Content Providers and Flat Content
A classic challenge in many CMS - and also in Episerver - has always been what do you do with large amounts of non-hierarchical/flat content? There has been many workarounds along the way and I was just on my way to make yet another when I discovered a well hidden secret deep in the belly of Episervers UI: The Asset widget (that holds blocks and media items) does in fact have infinite scrolling - which in turn can support incredibly large flat structures!
Azure Storage Performance Showdown (Post 1)
Almost every project has some data you want to persist, then read, search through, update and eventually delete. With Azure there are loads of great possibilities - for example Blob Storage, Table Storage, CosmosDb, SQL Azure. I've decided to do some simple and fairly naive tests to compare these for some typical usage scenarios and see how they perform.