Development

Bootstrap validation in ASP.Net MVC

I use Bootstrap in almost every project I build these days. I build up a custom Bootstrap configuration to reduce bloat, and have my workflow down-pat for updating those configurations (which I’ll write about in the near future). I have familiarised myself with it’s ins-and-outs to help ensure I use it to it’s full potential without being overkill, and it has sped up my HTML build time immensely.

One issue I’ve come across before is finding harmony between ASP.Net MVC’s validation and Bootstrap’s validation classes.

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Reviews & Tech News

Fleeting around the clouds

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I recently made the decision to start storing all my document in the “cloud”…. I mean, in “someone else’s computer”…. Well, whatever you want to call it, I no longer wanted to keep all my client documents locally on-premise. It’s been a fun ride, fleeting between BitBucket, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and now (hopefully finally) onto Dropbox.

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Development Tips & Tricks

Mapping Shapefiles with CartoDB

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I’ve done a lot of work with Google Maps over the last few years, and when the CartoDB service came up on my radar a while ago I was intrigued, but the projects I was working on all had a “rushed” timeline on them which meant it was never a good time to play with a new system… until recently!

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Development

ASP.NET WebForms ScriptResource error

You know those days when you wonder how you stay sane in this line of work?!  I’ve just come across a little gotcha that I’ve just spent almost an hour trying to nut out, so thought I’d share a potential time saver with others!

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SEO & Marketing

Keep Your Website Page Size Under Control

Slow page loads can reduce visitor retention

How long does your website take to load?

According to statistics on the HTTP Archive (an online resource for website performance and technology information), the since late 2010 the average page size for major web sites has grown from a generous 750KB, to an oversized 2.1MB!

Considering that in Australia our use of sites over mobile devices (using more costly mobile data) has more than tripled in that time (ref: ACMA), website developers need to ensure that we keep the page sizes down, or else we the risk losing our site visitors to faster-loading, less data-indulgent competitor websites.

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Tips & Tricks

Windows Service using mapped network drive

Today I ran in to a situation, a small hump in the highway that is my life at the moment, moving my entire development environment to Mac, running Windows on Parallels for my .NET development (as I eagerly await vNext and the hopeful transition for me to doing it all (?!) on the Mac.

The situation is that when running Parallels, your home directory on the Windows machine is actually a mapped network drive (in my case, to v:) back to \psfhome, and when installing a Windows Service for a program that

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SEO & Marketing

Ensuring your email marketing is above-board

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Did you know that we have had laws in place in Australia that prohibit the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages (known as spam) with a link to Australia?  There are a set of rules surrounding the ways you can build up your mailing list, and the things you need to include in all your email communications.  These rules form part of the Spam Act 2003.

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SEO & Marketing

Google Ranking Changes for Mobile-Friendliness

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Google have announced that as of April 21, 2015 they will be introducing changes to the way pages are ranked, to take into consideration the mobile-friendliness of the site. This change will affect google searches performed on mobile devices, to help ensure that content shown to users is not only relevant but is also accessible from their device.

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SEO & Marketing

The Importance of a Correct Facebook Setup for your Business

So you want to use Facebook to promote your business? Brilliant idea!

In order to make sure it works for you, it’s important to set it up correctly from the beginning (or as soon afterwards as possible!).

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Development

Developer Tip: ASP.NET Configuration in Visual Studio 2010

I’ve just come across a strange issue in Visual Studio 2010, when trying to launch and access the ASP.NET Configuration tool (used for configuring security settings).

When I tried to access the site by selecting it from the Project menu, it would start the local web server on whatever port it chose, but wouldn’t open the page in my browser automatically. So I manually opened the link by right-clicking the icon for the web server in the system tray and choosing “Open in Web Browser”.

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