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Overcoming the Hurdles to Intranet Adoption

Like most people I’ve been swept up in Olympic fever, each night dutifully recording the coverage so that I can fast forward through the commercials. There have been many historic moments in the Olympic Games but the USA men’s and women’s hurdlers have provided some of the most exciting. For the first time ever the […]

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Getting Access Tokens for both SharePoint and Microsoft Graph

A few days ago, I was working on a project and needed to know if it was possible to access a user’s Exchange Online calendar using the same access token used to access list data in one of their SharePoint Online site collections. The Microsoft documentation is confusing due to the rapid pace of change […]

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Developing for Ignition – View Parameter

Ignition is an open source framework for Sitecore, developed by Perficient. It follows industry best practices for architecture and dependencies. It is fast and easy for developers to build new content components. Search blogs.perficent.com for more articles about Ignition or check out the online documentation. In this article I will continue using my “ContentBlurb” component I […]

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Office 365 – How To Import PSTs From Azure Storage Via PowerShell

It’s been over a year since Microsoft started previewing the “PST Import Service” which allowed administrators to import PSTs into Exchange Online mailboxes. The blog post I wrote (“Office 365 – Using the New PST Import Service“) about the service back in May 2015 has been incredibly popular which tells me there’s a high amount […]

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Getting Started with Sitecore Cookie-Based Personalization Rules

While working on my current project we ran into a requirement to personalize content based on a cookie that is generated on certain actions within the site. Sitecore out-of-the-box personalization rules do not contain a rule to check for cookies and personalize content based on the existence of a cookie or a value contained within it. […]

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Passing a Query String using the Ignition Framework

The process of taking advantage of the Ignition framework when it comes to building models is to pass data successfully to the view’s agent so it can use its PopulateModel method to transfer the data to view’s model or perform any other logic necessary to properly render the Sitecore component. Through MVC’s architecture, a query […]

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Site Search vs. Traditional Navigation – really, both.

I am a broken record on this one topic: Don’t let site search be an afterthought. When determining or upgrading your web solution, site search should be in the mix of the business, strategy, and connectivity discussions from the beginning. Not only is it a user expectation and a way to improve customer experience, but […]

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How to add Gulp output or Bower/NPM packages to WebDeploy package

Bower and NPM (Node.js package manager) are really helpful open source tools which are integrating well with new versions of Visual Studio. They allowing to very conveniently download popular script libraries and other client-side scripts, and in the case NPM server-side tools as well. Gulp is a wildly popular build tool which is mostly used […]

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The Hoops Necessary To Download a CSV using jQuery AJAX

Okay so the first question some of you may have is why the Iced Cap made with Chocolate Milk. If you know me you already know this is my favorite beverage in the summer.  Now onto my article. There are lots of articles on the methods and there are options but no article lists all the […]

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“Database Platform Service” Error with MSDeploy and dbDACFx

MSDeploy (a.k.a. Web Deploy) is mainly known as a technology to deploy web applications, but it is much more than that. It is a platform that can be used to deploy many different application and application components. It accomplishes this by allowing custom providers to be written. MSDeploy ships with providers that cover a wide-range […]

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