Wrap Up – Third Sydney Episerver Meetup

First I want to say thanks @Nicola and 1990 Digital and Episerver for hosting this session. I learned a lot and I’m started starving for the next meetup!

 

Nicola spoke about her new tool ‘EpiserverCmsAudit’. This tool is really awesome and can help you to find the usage of your content type. Very nice dashboard and very easy to install and it is FREE! So if you to give it a go to her post to read more about it and you can take a look at the source code or just install the Nuget package This is quite a bit awesome while website moving to DXC as they can build many websites and many contents! So with this tool, you as a dev, tester or content editor can make sure your change impact on all aspect of your app! GREAT JOB!

 

I spoke about Episerver Headless CMS, eCommerce and how you can integrate that with Microsoft Web Bot. This would be important as Bots are more human-friendly – having said that the concept is still at a very early stage. The concept is quite simple, Web Bot gets the query from user pass to Luis.ai and passes the action to Episerver to get the data back and pass it back to Bot! If you feel like you need more info, you can download the presentation and the source code of the bot can be found here and the bot source code can be found here. If you are interested and still have a question just comment here!

I’m going to speak about this in more detail in DDD, so if you keen to learn more you just need to get the ticket!

Episerver Developer Tool

Episerver is a great tool, especially for developers. Easy to learn and easy to adapt. One of the downfalls of any complex system is debugging. You need to have a good understanding of the architecture and have some domain knowledge about the area you are debugging. To speed up the process we usually rely on tools. Debugging Tools are very important part of the developer’s toolbox. Episerver has a powerful tool which can help you to find issues and improve the application. It helps you to:

  • Container (IoC): Give you “StructureMap container used by EPiServer”
  • Content-Type Analyzer:  content type Synchronization status during initialization
  • Loaded Assemblies
  • Log Viewer (In Memory Logs)
  • Memory Dump
  • Remote Event
  • Routes
  • Startup Performance
  • Templates
  • View Locations

To install this tool you can just install nuget package “EPiServer.DeveloperTools”. Just run powershell script:

Install-Package EPiServer.DeveloperTools

And then when you build and run application and login to Episerver Admin area and you can see:

I personally use IoC container, Routes, View Location and Remote Event. Please remember Episerver is not actively supporting this tool and it is not recommended to use this tool in a production environment.

I would say, we are moving more to the cloud, we need more tools like this to help us debugging cloud-based services (e.g. Episerver Find).