Blog Posts

Sep 05

Azure Logic App URL Too Long for Webhook ?

Microsoft Azure Logic Apps is an Azure cloud service that helps you schedule, automate, and orchestrate tasks, business processes, and workflows when you need to integrate apps, data, systems, and services across enterprises or organizations. Well that is the official definition any way. I like to think of them as a serverless way to bridge the gaps between systems like Slack, CRM, Twitter, Email and other APIs.

What really has always impressed me about Logic Apps is that they are incredibly simple to setup and use, where in years past, you as a developer, would have to write a lot of code to integrate each of the actions that they can take. Instead of having to spend hours per integration point, the work becomes just a few minutes of configuration inside of the Azure Portal and Logic Apps designer.  

That is why I was surprised a few weeks back when I was using an Azure Logic App to integrate with my Kentico Xperience website and internal Slack team. During that work, I received a message from the third-party service that I was using, that my Webhook URL was too long. WTF? “How can a Webhook URL be too long?”, was my first thought when I saw that message. Then when I went to see where I could to configure the URL endpoint in my Logic App, I was again surprised that this didn’t seem possible.

Keep reading after the jump to find out how I solved the problem of my Azure Logic App HTTP endpoint being too long to use. Hint, with Azure, there is almost always a way to workaround issues like this.

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Aug 23

Introducing The Kentico Xperience SQL Utility Scripts Open Source Repo

Over the years of working with Kentico CMS, Kentico EMS, and now Kentico Xperience I have either written, or been a part of team that has written, various TSQL scripts to support the SQL Database side of working with the tool. Most recently I was actually working on a script that was meant to clean up e-commerce order and customer history. That task had some acceptance criteria of keeping some order history for a certain list of customers (those customers with a certain email domain), but removing all the rest (which is a pretty good idea in the world of data privacy and data security when you are copying databases to bring up new environments of a e-commerce website). That last requirement made the task call for a custom script as opposed to a one time TRUNCATE all type of solution. 

As I was doing that, I got to thinking, there have been many times over the years where I have had to do this. Why not find all of these one of utility type of scripts and open source them on GitHub so that other Kentico Xperience developers out there could benefit. And with that, the idea for the Kentico Xperience SQL Utility Script repository was born.

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Jun 27

#033 - The .NET Core Future is Now For Kentico Xperience 13

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, our host Brian McKeiver is joined by Sean G. Wright, Kentico MVP at WiredViews. Brian and Sean discuss the recently released beta 3 of Kentico Xperience, the digital experience platform offering from Kentico. They get into how the newest release will allow for full support of .NET Core, the most modern released version of .NET.

Sean and Brian also talk about what this technology shift means for MVC 5 or WebForms developers who are not yet well versed in .NET Core. Listen to the episode to gain some tips and insights on why .NET Core is different, and how to get started in Kentico and .NET Core if you are still in the Portal Engine of MVC 5 world.

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Jun 14

The Latest on Kentico 13 Beta 3 or Should I Say Kentico Xperience

This past Friday, I had a chance to sit down and chat with Kentico Xperience Product Director, Michal Kadák and Product Owner, David Komárek. Our goal was to discus the Kentico EMS to Kentico Xperience re-branding from an insiders standpoint. But we spent most of our time on Kentico 13 beta 3, including the reveal of long awaited release date of beta 3.

Michal and David and I were actually trying to record the next episode of my Kentico Rocks podcast. But, the technology gods frowned upon my OBS abilities /skills. The audio recorded with such a bad echo that it is unusable. You'd think after 30 episodes or so I would have figured this out by now, but 3 audio streams was too much for me. I promise I'll have it correct next time. Yet, technology be damned. The content of the recording was so good, and the timing so right, I couldn't wait to get this information out to the Kentico community. Instead I have went with plan b, and I have turned the audio recording into this interview style blog post.

Keep reading to find out David and Michal's thoughts on Kentico Xperience, what's included in Kentico 13 beta 3, and when you can get your hands on it.

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