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Data Security and Copyright Concerns with Generative AI Coding Assistants

In the realm of modern technology, where developers are evolving into the ‘New Wizards’ of the digital age, there’s a growing reliance on generative AI coding assistants. While these tools empower developers with almost magical capabilities, they also raise significant concerns in two key areas: data security and copyright. Data Security: Navigating the Cloud When […]


The New Wizards: 100x Development in the Age of Generative AI

Last year I reread and still love Ursula Le Guin’s books in The Earthsea Cycle. In the land of Earthsea, wizards are not all-powerful beings, but are humans able to manipulate nature around them by speaking words of power – the true names of things and creatures. I have been working with coding assistants and […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Generative AI

If you are a professional who regularly communicates through text, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of generative AI. Whether it’s writing blog posts, drafting business emails, or creating meeting agendas, generative AI models like ChatGPT can be invaluable tools. They can help streamline your writing process, bring a fresh perspective, and even emulate your […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2022 – CTO Summary

If you are a CTO or technology decision maker in a company either using or considering Sitecore as your CMS platform, here is what you should take away from Sitecore Symposium 2022 held in Chicago. Next.js The future of building Sitecore web applications will be on Next.js. Sitecore was consistent in their messaging around moving […]

Sitecore 9 Multi-Tenant Helix on Azure PaaS

Last June I presented at the Milwaukee Sitecore User Group, hosted by one of our clients, Rite-Hite. For my session I provided an overview of a multi-tenant Helix solution on Sitecore 9 with an Azure PaaS infrastructure, along with some lessons learned. I will add additional posts and turn this series, but for now I […]

Sitecore Unicorn Serialization Paths Too Long in Azure

We recently ran into a mysterious issue when running a Unicorn sync in an Azure environment that turned out to be a classic “path is too long” issue in disguise. Here is what we saw in our logs: ERROR ERROR: Some directories could not be loaded. (9 inner failures) Tree failed to load: master:/sitecore/content/blah/blah (guidguid-guid-guid-guid-guidguidguid) […]

Sitecore Configuration Patch to Open a PDF in Same Browser Window

If you search for how to open a PDF file in the same browser window in Sitecore, you will certainly find plenty of help. The issue is a configuration setting that by default forces the download of all media types. Simply change the value of this configuration and you are set. When I first ran […]

Sitecore 9 Solr Setup – Install the Right Version of Java

If you are like me and followed the Sitecore 9 instructions for installing Solr (not “SOLR”), you may have noticed that “Java” is a prerequisite. If you are also like me and haven’t needed Java for anything in the last 5 years, you will need to install Java. The Sitecore installation guide simply sends you […]

Restore a Sitecore Database from an Azure SQL Database BACPAC File

If you are working with Sitecore in Azure and your databases are Azure SQL Databases, you may find yourself in need of restoring a backup from Azure to your local environment. When you create a database backup from Azure (or your project architect provides it for you), you will notice that the file extension is […]

Install Sitecore 9 in Azure with an MSDN Subscription – Cheap*!

Like all of my peers here at Perficient, I have an MSDN Subscription that comes with a sweet monthly credit for a Microsoft Azure Subscription. By default, your Azure Subscription will have a spending cap, so that if you use up your credit you don’t have to spend any dough just because you forgot to […]

Sitecore 8.2 Upgrade – View Rendering Gotcha

When upgrading to Sitecore 8.2, watch out for this issue that we ran into. If you have any View Renderings that don’t end in “.cshtml”, like for example you had an extra space at the end of one of them and it ended in “.cshtml “, you may have a problem. Sitecore, in an effort […]

Sitecore User Group Atlanta Returns Before The Winds of Winter

The last Sitecore User Group meeting in Atlanta was on December 9, 2014. For reference, at that time the following were still alive (WARNING: Game Of Thrones Spoilers): Mance Rayder, Janos Slynt, Barristan Selmy, Maester Aemon, Shireen, Stannis Baratheon First of His Name, Myrcella Baratheon, Jon Snow (wink), Doran Martell, Trystane Martell, Roose Bolton, Balon […]

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