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    Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused Content Management System built on the ASP.NET MVC platform.

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Recent Posts and Articles

  • Backing Up And Restoring SQL Server Databases On A Remote Server

    So you want to use a decent SQL Server database for your ASP.NET application (e.g. an Orchard site :-)), both when testing locally and in the hosting environment. Now how to backup or restore these databases, so you'll more or less see the same in either environment? I'm glad you asked.

  • Speeding Up Orchard (Or Really ASP.NET) Debugging

    Let me guess: you have some kick-ass high-end computer with twenty gigamegaflops of solid state quantum GPU, but debugging an Orchard instance is slow. Particularly starting debugging (and spinning up an Orchard instance) is slow and when opening a page that wasn't yet hit by the JIT compiler is also slow. Meanwhile your computer uses a fraction of its resources.

  • Module Name Class On The Html Tag

    Proper styling often takes up a big piece of development time, when we're hunting pixels for hours, so that even users looking at the website through a refrigerator's built-in console running some exotic fork of Windows CE can experience the same as an IE 6 user. Just kidding, it's worse than that. Anyway, there is a nice feature in Orchard that could help targeting elements of the layout: automatic classes on the html tag.

  • Video Series: Creating An Orchard Theme

    In this video I layout where I am going and the videos that it will take to get there. I hope to not get into the "weeds" of Orchard so much as show the relationships between objects and "welded" on parts as we go along.

  • Vote Is Open For One Seat On The Steering Committee

    Please meet the candidates and vote here: http://orchard.codeplex.com/discussions/361186

  • Creating Orchard Themes And Modules In WebMatrix 2

    Microsoft recently released WebMatrix 2 RC which has numerous new features including code completion / intellisense. As an Orchard CMS Developer, I am excited about intellisense in WebMatrix to help with creating Orchard Themes and Modules. Although the release candidate does offer some code completion to make it easier to develop custom Orchard Themes and Modules in WebMatrix, the development experience is rather spotty at the moment.

  • Mobile Development With Firefox 15 And Responsive Mode

    Firefox is releasing really cool CSS features in Firefox 15. One of the features, Responsive Mode, can be appreciated by mobile developers building responsive websites for smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Responsive mode allows mobile web developers to view the various media query layouts without resizing the actual browser window.

  • Download Modules And Themes Via WebMatrix 2 NuGet Gallery

    Microsoft had several important announcements this past week. The main announcements was the new and improved Windows Azure and its support for Web Sites. As an FYI, I created a quick tutorial on Installing Orchard CMS as an Azure Web Site. Another announcement was the release of WebMatrix 2 RC, which includes a lot of neat features including node.js support; HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, C#, and jQuery Code Completion; iPhone and Windows Phone Emulators, etc. I'll talk about those WebMatrix 2 features another time. Right now I wanted to mention the ability to download and install Orchard Modules and Themes via the WebMatrix 2 NuGet Gallery support!

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