Migrating from Mobile Services to Mobile Apps, when you should consider it

In this column we are going to discuss the difference between Mobile Apps and Azure Mobile Services,. Azure Mobile Services allows you to add a cloud-hosted scalable backend to your connected apps within minutes. Whether you're building apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS or Android you can take advantage of the Azure cloud to streamline your data and provide a ...

Using Azure DocumentDB with Cordova Tools in Visual Studio (or any JS client)

Abstract A few weeks ago, I set on a mission to learn more about Azure DocumentDB. My end goal was to use Azure DocumentDB with a JavaScript client application specifically with a Cordova app built with the new Tools for Apache Cordova or TACO which the team introduced a while ago. Background In April 2015, Microsoft officially released DocumentDB, ...

Sitefinity Asynchronous Search with WebAPI

Overview Sitefinity CMS features a powerful internal Search Engine that allows your site visitors to search your content and find what they are looking for. The Search Engine is built on top of the .NET port of the infamous Lunene Engine which powers an unlimited number of websites today. Unlike the solid Search Engine behind it, the Search ...

Remove Sitefinity WebResources to Reduce the Page Size… Wait… What?

Sitefinity is one of the most powerful and feature rich CMS systems out there, and there is no doubt that we here at Falafel love working on it. One of the things that people were complaining about is the fact that Sitefinity loads tons of resources unto the page that sometimes might not be ...

srcset – HTML5’s Extension for Adaptive Images

Abstract  A few days ago, Chrome announced support for the srcset attribute through the release of Chrome 34 on their beta channel. So, why is that so important? Introduction First let me introduce the srcset attribute. The srcset attribute, which is a proposed attribute for the  <img /> element, allows authors to provide a set of ...

Duplicate Page Templates in Sitefinity

Background One of the missing features that people were asking for in Sitefinity is the ability to duplicate page templates. The "duplicate" feature is only available for pages and not for page templates. I was recently working on a project and that was one of their key requirements. In this column, I will show you how ...

Sitefinity Facebook Comments Widget

Facebook announced that more than 300,000 sites have embedded the Comments Box – a solid number when you consider that the plugin was launched in March 2011. I have been experimenting with the Facebook Comments API and I decided to create this slick and easy to use widget for Sitefinity to plug-in Facebook Comments on any ...

Testing Client Capability in Sitefinity

Web developers are constantly searching for ways to design and implement sites that deliver the best user experience possible. One way to enhance user experience is to customize content based on capabilities that the client browser supports. This blog post outlines the benefits introduced by a server-side solution and discusses the details involved in obtaining client ...