• 03 May 2012

    A Review of Sitefinity's Module Builder - Part 1

    So... Sitefinity’s Module Builder: “the state-of-the-art module builder which allows you to build your own content types without programming”. A big promise, but does it work?

    Casting our minds back a little, back to when Sitefinity 4.4 was released, I take a look at the Sitefinity Module Builder to see how effective it is at reducing the amount of programming required for simple modules.

    When Sitefinity 4.4 was announced, it boasted a range of new features and improvements to the globally used CMS platform. With a huge emphasis on making it easier and more simplistic to develop websites and applications, most excitement revolved around the news on Sitefinity’s new Module Builder.

    The Sitefinity Module Builder claimed that you would be able to build complete custom modules without having to get your hands dirty with programming. Avoiding the standard method of creating custom modules, the Module Builder indicated that it could ...

  • 02 May 2012

    Permissions. The key to security?

    When you set up that new SQL database did individually go through and allocate each users permissions one by one or did you take the easy way out and just give all the developers, testers, project managers, directors, etc the same ‘Super User’ role so they can go everywhere and do everything. The later? Yeah I thought so.

    All flavours of organisation from those doing Web Development in large cities like London stretching to smaller companies in more remote locations will always be tempted to fall into this trap. This is why it’s necessary for strict rules regarding permission allocation to be set out from the start of the project. By locking down user permissions and ensuring that people can only access the bare minimum of what they need it means that if someone was to gain unauthorised access to a random users login (through brute force or any other ...

  • 01 May 2012

    To Internet World Expo 2012

    On the 25th of April 2012, Ruth & I visited the 20th yearly event of Internet World Expo. The weather was terrible and I was almost certain that it was going to keep a lot of people away. Well, I was wrong. This is Europe's largest digital business event we are talking about!  Despite the rain, thousands showed up at the Earls Court exhibition centre. As soon as we entered the venue, the singing butlers of Rackspace hosting wowed us! Great promotion I must say! After our little chitchat (and emptying the bowl of chocolate on the table) with Doron of Rackspace hosting, we went to hang out with the Telerik Sitefinity team.

    Personally I wanted to attend as many seminars as possible on Social media but that was the busiest theatre! People were queuing at least one hour before each seminar and I only learnt this lesson after missing ...

    • Sitefinity
  • 26 Apr 2012

    Telerik Test Studio versus Microsoft Test Manager

    I was working in the lab, late one nightI've been using Visual Studio and Microsoft Test Manager together for a while. The integration between Microsoft Test Manager and Visual Studio was a plus and ‘somehow’ made my test execution and automation quicker - not easier - but it does have great benefits.

    So Telerik Test Studio came along, was very promising, as a tester I’ve decided to give it a try. I must admit, I was impressed. Not just for all the extra features, but more by the fact that was really reliable.

    So, which one to use? Based on the experience that I had with both I came with the following conclusions:

    Telerik Test Studio:

    • Telerik Test Studio is a flexible tool for non technical people who want to explore the automation world in more depth. This doesn’t mean that you cannot go wild with codes and etc; is possible to create custom-coded steps.
    • The UI is very logical ...
    • Testing
  • 25 Apr 2012

    Test Studio for iOS

    iPhone-iPad-with-appsYesterday afternoon Telerik held a webinar for one of their products soon to hit the market. Test Studio for iOS is an automation tool that allows you to actually create automated tests for iOS applications on the device itself using manual touch input. There is a definite gap in the market for such a product given the growth in the mobile applications market (especially that of iPhone). In my experience there aren’t many companies out there that offer a similar solution to this and certainly not one that is not as easy to deploy as this.

    Some of the features that really stood out to me were:

    1. The tests are not co-ordinate based – because all the steps are based on Element Locators this means that the same tests can be used to test the application on iPhone and iPad. The use of Element Locators also means that ongoing maintenance ...
    • Testing

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