Thoughts from the Wet Coast

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


JavaScriptI am a Web Developer – and so you would think that I use JavaScript as a routine part of my job. 

However, until recently I have been mainly involved writing “server-side” Visual Basic or C# code in the ASP.NET Web Forms model.  In that model, when a user clicks a button (or hyperlink) on a web page or makes a selection in a drop-down control this invariably results in a post back to the server which responds to the client-side action, and then completely refreshes the page.

In the previous paragraph I wrote “until recently”, and that is because for the 2 or 3 years, JavaScript has become a significant part of my job.

May 14 2015

imageOne of Reacts strengths is that it is NOT an MVC or MVVM framework.  These frameworks can get quite slow when there are a lot of complex updates being made to the underlying models.  The frameworks are continuously monitoring for changes and one change to one component can lead to hundreds or thousands of changes to other objects, and the frameworks are continuously updating the DOM to visualize the changes.

Apr 8 2015

DNN_Loves_MVC_LogoLast summer DNN Corp announced their intention to support MVC in future versions of the eponymous DNN Platform. 

Last week Joe Brinkman announced that the initial fruits of those labours was now available in a CTP of DNN 7.5.  The support introduced in 7.5 will allow developers to build their DNN modules using ASP.NET MVC version 5.1.1 or later. 

Mar 28 2015


In my previous blog I introduced React – a new(ish) JavaScript library for building “Web Components”.  In this post I will start to dive deeper by building our first React Web Components.

Mar 23 2015


Browser based JavaScript code is all about manipulating the browser’s DOM. 

Up until a few years ago, at DNN Corp we had primarily been using jQuery to do that manipulation.  Don’t get me wrong jQuery is an awesome framework, but jQuery directly manipulates the DOM  -  there is no concept of working with models/objects in jQuery – i.e. separating your presentation aspects from your other logic.

Mar 21 2015

Welcome to a new series on the latest version of ASP.NET – currently being called ASP.NET vNext (or ASP.NET 5).  Microsoft has been working on this latest version of ASP.NET for just over a year and last month they released a Beta 1 preview of the code and tooling as part of the Visual Studio 2015 Preview.

Nov 28 2014

In my investigation of the Neo4j database I will now turn my attention to the Neo4j browser.  

Once Neo4j is installed there will be a small executable that can be used to start the Neo4j database server.

Oct 29 2014

In this blog post I am going to return to my investigation of the graph database Neo4j.  So far I have done a brief introduction to Neo 4j and I have shown how easy it is to install Neo 4j in an Azure VM.

Oct 28 2014


The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in anyway.