Sitecore Symposium 2019 is coming up at the Swan and Dolphin* Resort in Orlando, FL. I live on the other side of the world from Orlando. Almost literally. It’ll take me just short of 24 hours flight time to get there. Add in transit and the inevitable delays, it’s over 30+ hours door to door…..each way. I’ll also be leaving a young family and (very understanding) wife at home. This bit, in particular I am not looking forward to.
The first SUGCON ANZ is in the books, and what a ride it was.
SUGCON (Sitecore User Group Conference) is a community driven conference that has run successfully in Europe (for many years) and India in more recent times. This year saw the inaugural SUGCON ANZ. A one and a half day conference in Sydney covering multiple technical and marketing tracks on all things Sitecore.Read More »
A/B Testing in EXM is a great way to learn from and optimise email campaigns to improve engagement results. However I came across an an edge case that had some unintended consequences (at least in Sitecore 9.0 Update 1, perhaps in later releases?).
While testing EXM on a Sitecore 9.0.1 instance we noticed some strange happenings when attempting to view previews for a specific recipient. While the lists were being populated ok, it was not searchable by email. This was also the case in List Manager. Read More »
When troubleshooting Sitecore issues and interacting with support there is often a need to confirm the versions of binaries in your solution. While there are tools to help provide all the information, sometimes its just not possible in some environments.
One particular issue we had required a detailed list of the bin folder. Handily the sitecore does write details of all the binaries at startup to the log. Un-handily, if you’re using Application Insights, you’ll likely have the log message truncated as it tends to exceed the 10,000 character trace message size limit.
Unfortunately it’s not as easy as just dir *.dll, as the details required include assembly names and version. But, powershell to the rescue.
This will dump the binary details out to a file in the same format as the Sitecore log would’ve done. If you’re on Azure Web apps, you can run this via the powershell console in KUDU. This file can then easily be downloaded then analysed, compared or submitted to support.
At the most recent meetup of the Perth Sitecore User Group, we tried a bit of a new format. Given we are physically isolated (surrounded by desert and sharks) and in a timezone that bends the space/time continuum, we have come up with some plans to further engage with the community around the world and start some discussions locally.
At the last meetup we kicked it off with Andy Parry giving a knowledgeable presentation on Universal tracker usage and installation. Then following a short pizza & beer break we moved into what we are terming the “Sitecore community roundup”. This is loosely based on the format of the “ASP.Net live community standup” (https://live.asp.net/), which if you haven’t checked out already….do. I presented a curated a list of blog posts/videos, community news & events that had been shared amongst the wider Sitecore community over the past month or so. We stepped through each link and gave a quick summary and kudos mentions to the authors before handing over to the floor for discussion. This worked really well, with participants engaging with related issues/solutions and starting some ad hoc discussion around each topic. It was a great conversation starter and attendees now have the chance to grab the links list and follow up on the topics that particularly interest them.
In future, we hope to try and engage with authors/contributors in a short, live Q&A or recorded interview typed format, to help foster further interaction with “the outside world”. If you find yourself reading this and have written a cool post that you’re keen to share, get in touch on twitter of slack. We’ll be doing this again mid-April.
Last, but not least. Below is a onetab link to all of the blog posts, videos, community news & events we talked about. If you wrote/recorded any of those…Thank you for your contribution! We’d love to hear from you to chat about it at a future meetup.