Derek Dysart
Derek Dysart
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Derek Dysart

Independent Sitecore developer. I also blog about other stuff from time to time.

Millionaire Fastlane

by MJ Demarco I’ll admit, I started this book in Dec of 2015, but finished it in 2016, so I am counting it. Despite a super douchy sounding title, I really liked this book. It is mainly about trying to change your mindset toward money and wealth. Demarco employes an automobile metaphor throughout the book and outlines people in one [...]

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Preview in Sitecore 8.1 Broken

While in the process of testing a site that is being upgraded to Sitecore v8.1 a serious issue was uncovered – none of the pages would preview. After looking into the error, some code that was dependant on the site context was not correctly resolving to the correct site. Instead, the site context was “website” as [...]

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Sitecore Basics for .NET Developers

The following is a presentation I gave at the Milwaukee SItecore Developer meetup. The presentation was sort of a back to basics for developing on the Sitecore platform. There were a few technical issues, especially during the demo, but I think the video holds up. If you are interested, the slide deck I used for the presentation is on [...]

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Get Rendered HTML From Sitecore Item

I thought I’d cross post this answer of mine from StackOverflow, as it is useful in a number of contexts. As I mentioned there, the code was cribbed from a similar situation where I needed a URL to feed to a PDF to HTML library, which behind the scenes fired up IE on the server and hit the site as an anonymous user. This needed to [...]

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Styling ASP.NET Validation Controls

If you are using the intrinsic ASP.NET Validation controls on a Web Forms project, you’ll notice they always default to being red. While this is all fine and good since red for warnings makes sense. What if you (or your design team) want them to be a different color? If you look at the rendereded HTML, you’ll see it makes the text red by [...]

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