Thoughts from the Wet Coast

The musings of an ASP.NET Developer from Canada's We(s)t Coast

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DNN Module Development: 1 – I Did it My Way (redux)

Mar 17 2014

A couple of years ago I started a series on DotNetNuke Module Development but I didn’t get very far. Recently, I have been working on a new DNN Module Development video training course for Pluralsight and I have decided to use that module development course as a template to restart this series on how I think about DNN Module Development.   Hopefully this time I will be able to provide you with some best practices on DNN Module Development.

A New Look – A New Location

Mar 14 2014

imageWelcome to the new look “Thoughts from the Wet Coast”.  This is the third incarnation of my blog.  This time there have been a lot of changes.

A Responsive Skin

The first obvious change is the look of the site.  I have created a new responsive skin for my site based on – you guessed it – Twitter Bootstrap.  Twitter Bootstrap appears to be the #1 framework these days for developing responsive websites, and its fairly easy to integrate into a DNN 7 skin.  My new skin is based on Twitter Bootstrap 3. The skin is quite basic and looks like a typical Twitter Bootstrap site.  It was very easy to incorporate Bootstrap into a standard DNN skin and I am thinking of writing a blog to demonstrate how easy it is.

Using the Jedi Mind Trick in .NET

Feb 11 2014

In the original Star Wars movie there is a classic scene where Obi-Wan and Luke enter the Tatooine Space-port.

Software Development is a Craft

Jan 25 2014

As Senior Architect for DNN Corp I get to be involved in interviewing candidates for developer positions within the company.  Thankfully, I don’t have any direct management responsibilities - its not what I enjoy - but I am asked to interview candidates to determine both their technical competence as well as to help determine whether they will fit with the team chemistry.

Many candidates come with glowing resumes - their list of skills and experience is excellent, but I have detected a disturbing trend - too many developers don’t appear to think of software development as a craft.  They list 5 yrs. of experience with .NET or 3 yrs. experience with JavaScript.  That looks like they might be excellent candidates, but when asked about such things as variable scope in JavaScript or Dependency Injection, they can’t answer these fairly simple techniques of our craft.

Happy New Year - Plans for 2014

Jan 09 2014

Christmas-Happy-New-year-2014-HD-WallpaperA Happy New Year to all readers of my Blog.  I hope 2013 was a good year for you and that 2014 will be prosperous for you and yours.

Here on the Wet Coast,  one of my New Year’s resolutions has been to be more regular in my blogging activity, and I have already made some plans in that regard.

It's a Knockout: 7 - Adding items to, and Removing items from Observable Arrays

Aug 25 2013

So, in the last post on Knockout.js, I introduced the concept of Observable Arrays.  Observable Arrays can respond to a change in the number of items in the collection (array).

Lets look first at Adding items to an observable array.  Lets add a method to our ViewModel to add a task to the tasks array that we created in the previous post.

It's a Knockout: 6 - Observable Arrays

Aug 16 2013

In previous posts in this series I introduced the concept of observables, and I referred to the concept of Observable Collections in Xaml (WPF and Silverlight) applications.  Knockout also supports the concept of observable collections, although because JavaScript only has one collection type they are observable arrays.

Just as an observable responds to changes in an object, an observable array responds to a change in the number of items in the array.  It tracks which objects are in the array - not the state of those objects.

It's a Knockout: 5 - Computed Observables

Aug 15 2013

So far we have seen how we can set up simple observable values.  But what if we want to have calculated values in our ViewModel.

Lets extend our ViewModel from the previous examples, by renaming our personName property as firstName and add a second property called lastName.

It's a Knockout: 4 - Two-way Data Binding

Aug 10 2013

So far in this series on Knockout.js we have seen how to do simple data-binding and how to use observables to automatically update the data bound elements.  The real power of knockout though is its support of two-way data-binding. 

What do we mean my two-way data-binding?

ASP.NET developers are familiar with the concept of data-binding - the ability to bind a control to a data source and update the control based on the value of the data source.  Two way data-binding allows the control (View) to update the data source if its value changes.

It's a Knockout: 3 - Observables

Aug 08 2013

In the previous post in this series I introduced the concept of simple one-way data binding.  However the real power of knockout is its support of observables and two-way binding. 

The concept of observable objects or observable collections was developed for WPF (Xaml) and Silverlight. 

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