Code Generation 4 Tridion - VS 2017 update

There is a new version released of the CG4T extension for Visual Studio. I found some compatibility issues with the latest version of VS 2017 and VS 2017 Community Edition. During installation, you could get the message that pre-requisites were not found and installation could not continue.

This is now fixed, so if you had this issue, please try again. This issue was also in my other extension: Image Tools for image manipulations within VS.

You can found both extensions in the VS Marketplace.

Top 5 free Android Apps for Raspberry Pi

Below some great Android apps that you can use for working with your Raspberry Pi. All 5 Andriod apps are free to use and should work with the Raspbian operating system

1. RaspManager

This app enables you to view what is happing on your Pi. Overview of memory, CPU and network usage and start/stop services. You can take pictures when you have a camera module connected. The most interesting feature is to send / receive files from / to your phone / Pi.

2. RaspiCam Remote

This app automatically scans your network for Pi so that you can connect and control your camera module. Take a picture or start recording a video with your phone. Also you can download and view the result in the App.

3. Cayenne

This app automatically scans your network for Pi so that you can connect to it. Once Pi installation is completed you get a complete;y customizable dashboard with all the (GPOI) sensors available. This app is ideal to control your Pi with your phone.

4. Kodi Remote (Kore)

Many people use their Pi in their living room in combination with KODI (OpenElec). Want to start a video from your couch, this is the app to do it.

5. VNC Viewer

Last but not least: VNC Viewer app. This VNC client can be used to connect to Pi desktop. Can be a bit tricky to control with touch on smaller phones...



SDL Digital Experience Accelerator

DXA, what is it?

DXA is a reference implementation from SDL to use with SDL Web (formerly known as SDL Tridion) content management system. It uses DD4T and implements best practices on how to setup a site in SDL Web.

Great, but what is it for?

DXA stands for Digital eXperience Accelerator and is developed/supported by SDL. Its goal is to speed up CDS implementations by standardizing solutions and showing best-practices. DXA is an Open Source project which utilizes either .NET MVC or Spring MVC to provide dynamic content delivery on the CDS, depending of your technology stack.

DXA is open sourced on github and DXA documentation is available online.

Works best for new implementations.

The CMS installer adds a default blueprint structure to separate concerns. Each publication contains the necessary building blocks required for content assembly: structure groups, schemas, folders, components, and pages.
When you publish you get the sample site that showcases the DXA’s "out of the box" functionalities with dummy content and white label HTML design. This could be the starting point for further development.

What are the benefits?

Depends on how you look at it. There are benefits for business people (a.k.a. as the client) and benefits for developers. Also, there are some things to think about if DXA really supports your case. I explain more on this topic on my employer blog:

Visual Studio 2017 extensions update: Image Tools


Microsoft is reminding every VS extension developer to upgrade their extension to the upcoming version of Visual Studio: 2017. Currently, I have only one in the Gallery: Image Tools. Launched in 2013, but after today also working in VS 2017, yeah!

Microsoft has written a howto manual how to do that and it works pretty well. Below are my take aways:

  • After downloading the release candidate of VS 2017 you should open your extension project and will migrate the SLN and PROJ files for you.
  • Then you have to update the NuGet package
  • Modify the VSIX file with the new VS versions (15.0 / 16.0)
  • Rename compiled VSIX file to ZIP and check for the new JSON files.
  • If ok, test drive it in VS 17 Experimental Studio
  • If ok, upload the new version to the VS Gallery

Image Tools

Like stated in the intro, it now works in Visual Studio 2017. You can find the Image Tools here in the VS Gallery for converting and resizing images on-the-fly:

New is that I also released the sourcecode to my Github account here: