Blog Posts

Jun 30

I'm Speaking at Code on the Beach 2019

On July 27th, 2019 I will be speaking at Code on the Beach 2019 in Atlantic Beach, FL. This will be the second time I have presented at this event. To be honest, this is one of my all time favorite events to speak at. They simply do it right by giving attendees and speakers plenty of time for sessions, plenty of socializing time, and then ,uniquely, they give you time for you and your family to hang out at the beach mid conference. It's hard to beat that. 

Keep reading after the jump to find out my full abstract for CoB 2019.

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Jun 18

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 21

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian is joined by a special guest, Jeroen Furst. Jeroen is a .NET specialist and lead engineer at TrueLime, a Dutch company that specializes in enterprise scale webapplications for clients across the globe. Brian and Jeroen spend time in the episode discussing ways to deploy Kentico sites on Microsoft Azure. During the show They cover tips and tricks on how utilize Azure PaaS, Azure Search, Azure Blob Storage, and Azure Redis cache with Kentico. Oh and it doesn't hurt that Jeroen is a 9 time Kentico MVP as well.

Also, a quick update on the podcast itself. You can now subscribe to the Kentico Rocks podcast on spotify! So click on over to that and start following Kentico Rocks today.

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May 06

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 20

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver embarks on a new era for the podcast of being a solo host, but also has a fancy new video recording setup. Topics include a run through of using .Net Core CLI to create a Kentico Cloud site that can easily be deployed to an Azure App Service.

Listen and Watch the latest episode of the Kentico Rocks podcast after the jump.

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Apr 20

I'm Speaking at Beer City Code 2019

On June 1st, 2019 I will be speaking at Beer City Code 2019 in Grand Rapids, MI. Yes, that is my hometown, and that is why I am stoked about it! I have actually spoken multiple times at this event back when it was named GRDevDay, but in the last few years the conference organizers have really upped the ante on the conference. Along with the re-branding, it has grown much larger than the old days, now attracts close to 500 developers around the West Michigan area, and brings in national level speakers.

It's great to see this conference grow because the board at West Michigan .NET Users Group does such a great job at making it affordable for almost anyone to attend. Also in the last few years the conference has spawned new events like a Diversity Mixer provides people in under-represented groups in the tech industry a chance to get to know each other before the conference, and a new kids portion of the event for some hands-on and kid-friendly sessions at the first annual Root Beer City Code. 

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Mar 16

I'm Speaking at Philly.Net Code Camp 2019

On April 13th, 2019 I will be speaking at Philly.Net Code Camp 2019 in Malvern, PA. I am excited about speaking at this event because it will be the first time attending for me, and it sounds like the code camp had quite the turnout last year (700 attendees). This will be the 28th Code Camp over 15 years at Philly.Net. The camp itself is run by a dedicated staff that includes several Microsoft MVPs.

I actually have two different sessions selected for the camp. Keep reading after the jump to find out what they are.

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Nov 18

How to Configure Kentico MVC Sites for Azure Blob Storage with Media Libraries

In this How To guide, I will show you how to connect your Kentico MVC site to leverage Azure Blob storage for hosting and providing media library files. This process is not exactly new, it has been around since Kentico 8.0 or so, however, with the new focus on the MVC development methodology, it is not exactly as straight forward as the Kentico documentation mentions. Don't get me wrong, each small part of the Kentico documentation is 100% correct, but there is no great 100% holistic walkthrough for MVC based sites.

Plus, the trend of hosting Kentico sites on Azure PaaS via Azure App Services is very much increasing. I would say at this point it is the most common way that we deploy Kentico sites at BizStream (sorry AWS and Rackspace lovers). The only down side of hosting on an Azure App Service is that each App Service filesystem is limited to 50 GB in total size. That's where Azure Blob storage comes to the rescue. You can offload your media libraries to get those site images, pdfs, and other downloads to a storage mechanism that does not have this size constraint. After all, the largest benefit of utilizing the Microsoft Azure cloud for hosting your Kentico MVC site really boils down to added performance and scalability that the cloud gives you.  

Keep reading to see the whole process step by step of how to connect an external storage provider for Azure Blog storage on your Kentico MVC site.

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Jul 29

Leveling Up A Kentico Cloud Project - Part 2

Make sure you have read part one of Leveling Up a Kentico Project before continuing on. Reminder, in the first part, I reviewed mostly the coding issues of updating my Kentico Cloud ASP.Net MVC site to .Net Core 2.1, the Kentico Cloud Delivery SDK 4.14, and other technical issues with getting the solution running. But all that was really to get me ready to something much more intriguing.

In the second part of this mini blog post series I will focus on how I added support for some new Kentico Cloud features.

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Jul 29

Leveling Up A Kentico Cloud Project

It's been right around a year and half since my team and I decided to give this new Headless CMS thing a try. We really wanted to use it for a real world solution, not just a starter site. So for the original scope of the project, we leveraged Kentico Cloud to build www.CaseStream.net in 12 days. It was actually a lot of fun to create the new site because I was able to use the latest and greatest technology at the time. It was like a breathe of fresh air. 

But that was in 2017, and time flies, ridiculously fast. Just ask one of my new employees who's 90 day review didn't exactly happen anywhere near 90 days, or 120 days.... Fast forward to where we are at here in the end of July 2018, and that's like 15 months that went by in a blink of the eye.

Since that first release of www.CaseStream.net, Kentico has been rapidly improving Kentico Cloud, adding new feature after new feature. I have been keeping my eye on it, and been able to play with a few demos of the new features here and there, but it wasn't until about a week ago that I was able to put those features into real use. I'd say the feature that really got me motivated however was the new responsive image based API (named the Image transformation API) that Kentico Cloud released in June of this year. 

After reading the documentation and excellent blog post on transforming images, I decided to fire up my code and try to add this feature feature to the site. That's when I realized I had a problem. Quite a bit had changed, and my code was in dire need of an update. But I always love a challenge.

Keep reading after the jump to see how I leveled up my Kentico Cloud ASP.Net MVC site to .Net Core 2.1, the Kentico Cloud Delivery SDK 4.14, and added support for a few of those lovely new Kentico Cloud features.

 

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Jul 21

I'm Speaking at Code on the Beach 2018

In just less than a month from now (August 10th, 2018) I will be speaking at Code on the Beach 2018 in Atlantic Beach, FL. I am very excited about participating at this event because it will be the first time attending for me, and one of the big draws of this event is that it is family friendly, so my family is making the journey with me. And don't forget any change to go to Florida is pretty nice when you live in Michigan.

This time I will be giving my popular chat bot talk on "How to Build an E-commerce Chat bot with Azure Bot Framework". The talk was very well received at CPL this year and a few other events. For this instance I have added another new ability of the bot to show off as well.

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May 20

I'm Speaking at the next CDNUG

In about two weeks (May 31st, 2018) I will be presenting at the next Chicago .Net Users Group meetup in Downers Grove IL. I'm looking forward to my first time attending and speaking at this group's meetup because I have heard good things of the group even all the way up here in Michigan from a few other developers in the .Net community.

I'll be giving my chat bot talk on "How to Build an E-commerce Chat bot with Azure Bot Framework". The talk was very well received at CPL this year, and today I am working on updating a few of the samples to give the session a small refresh. 

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