Blog Posts

Mar 31

#031 - Kentico Kontent Management API Review

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver talks about Kentico Kontent's API capabilities. The goal is to talk about a lesser publicized Kontent API, the Management API. Brian discusses why you might want to use the Management API for importing content, reviews how to call the Management API v1 from the .Net SDK that Kontent provides, and demo's a real world Blazor app that upserts content items through the Management API v2.

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Mar 14

#030 - JavaScript Unit Testing and You

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver interviews Ondrej Polesny, Kentico Kontent developer evangelist, and Michal Vanzura, lead QA engineer on Kentico EMS. Brian, Ondrej, and Michal discuss the value of unit testing for software developers, what's the difference between unit testing, integration testing, and functional testing, and review a few options for performing JavaScript based testing with Jest and Cypress.

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Feb 26

#029 - Can JAMStack Do More?

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver interviews Ryan Overton Kentico Kontent developer evangelist. Brian and Ryan cover quickly how JAMStack is continuing to gain steam, but spend more time discussing the question of can JAMStack do other things beside just static websites. Brian then demos a GatsbyJS implementation connected to Kentico Kontent that Team BizStream has been working on that is multi-channel.

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Feb 05

#028 - An Interview with Sean G. Wright

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver interviews Sean G. Wright of Wired Views in the Akron, OH. Brian asks Sean on his development experience and background working with Kentico EMS, why he got started blogging about Kentico, and where does he see the future of Kentico going. They also talk about the recent release of beta 2 for Kentico 2020 and some new Kentico resources on Github. 

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Dec 11

#027 - An Interview with Dmitry Bastron

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver interviews Dmitry Bastron of the Delete Agency in London, UK. Dmitry's blog is dedicated to Kentico and he is an active member of the Kentico community. Brian asks Dmitry how we got started with Kentico EMS, what are the best parts of the platform in Dmitry's opinion, and why he got started blogging about Kentico.

They also cover a few recent topics around Kentico 2020, Kentico MVC awesomeness, and get into the pros and cons of using a built in module like Kentico Event management (hint, you may not want to).  

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Nov 14

#026 - Hot Reloading Kentico Kontent MVC Sites

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Brian McKeiver walks through how to enable Hot Reloading of your .Net Core MVC site that is based on the fantastic Kentico Kontent MVC Boilerplate. The good news is that the Boilerplate and Hot Reloading concept are updated for .Net Core 3.0 and ready for primetime. A big shout out to Rick Strahl, as his .Net Core middleware package is what makes this all possible.

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Oct 06

#025 - Recap of Kentico Connection Denver 2019

In this episode our host Brian McKeiver is joined by Michael Kinkaid, CTO of Reason One and Kentico MVP. Brian and Michael recap what just happened in Denver at Kentico Connection 2019. They cover day 1 and day 2 highlights, how the round table and panel conversations went, the fantastic venue of the event, and wrap up with the most important takeaways of the event.

Spoiler alert: It was a pretty amazing event as always. Keep reading to either watch or listen to the lastest episode of the Kentico Rocks podcast.

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Sep 26

#024 - GatsbyJS and Kentico Kontent

Episode 24 of Kentico Rocks features special guests Kyle Mathews, Founder/CEO of Gatsby and the Gatsby open source project, and Ilesh Mistry, Kentico Architect at MMT Digital. I'm very grateful that both Kyle and Ilesh were able to join me to discuss Gatsby, as I am a huge fan of the technology and think that Gatsby and JAMStack in general are the future of where web development is going (especially when you throw in Kentico Kontent to connect your static site to become fully editable). That's why I even presented on it this year at the Detroit Tech Watch.

Our goal for this episode was to let developers out there know why the combination of Kentico Kontent and Gatsby together is such a killer combination (spoiler alert, the performance is amazing). We even talked about a few specific plugins and starter templates to get you started. Listen to the lastest episode after the jump.

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Aug 30

#023 - Kentico Connections 2019

In this episode of Kentico Rocks I highlight the biggest event of the year in the Kentico world, Kentico Connections. If you are not sure if the Connections event is right for you, not sure on what will be covered at the event, or are on the fence about attending, than this episode is just for you. I also go into a few details about the Kentico EMS Product roadmap, what's coming up for Kentico 2020, and a shout out to MK's Ketchup. 

Lastly, I cover the Kentico Parter Summit agenda at a high level. So if you are a Kentico Partner or Kentico focused business the second half of the episode is a must listen.

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Jun 30

#022 - Kentico MVP Summit 2019

I don't think there could be a more special episode than episode 22 of Kentico Rocks. I say that because it was recorded live with almost all of the Kentico MVPs in the world at the 2019 Kentico MVP Summit in Brno, Czech Republic. Yes that's right your friendly neighborhood MVPs were all gathered in one place for an entire week at Kentico's headquarters. That just does not happen very often.

During the episode you can hear a little bit about what the MVP Summit is and what it takes to be an MVP for Kentico for those interested in the global Kentico development community. We also get into Kentico EMS 12.0 Service Pack 1 details, new Custom Elements and the new Editorial Calendar in Kentico Cloud, and great resources in Github for Kentico developers out there.

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