Andrew Hoefling

Speaker | Mentor | Coder | Leader

Manually handling storage and retrieval of images and video can be time consuming and error prone because of all the image and video formats. Serving this content can be even harder especially with videos and getting the right codecs is enough to make you not want to do it. 

Using 3rd party tools such as Dropbox and Youtube will greatly reduce your time and risk when creating a photo/video solution. This is just what our team here at Hoefling Software did to deliver a Photo Contest Module built specifically for DNN

VSTS and Azure go so well together, any project is just a few key strokes away from deploying source code out to the cloud. Sometimes we don't have the luxury of working in Azure and we need to use VSTS to securely deploy code out to any server. WIth the ease of built in scripts to VSTS and powershell access you can start deploying to IIS just as easy as Azure.

Image Manipulation is a powerful utility provided by .NET that can make really cool applications or tools depending what you are building. We have worked in both patterns building developer tools using basic image manipulation and production applications that required thumbnail and compression algorithms before we served images to the user.

Hosting apps in the cloud is common practice due to it's ease of use and performance that smaller organizations may not have on their own. Why not host DNN in the cloud? If you follow our guide here you can be up and running in Microsoft's Azure Web App in a matter of minutes.

It's summer and we have been working around the clock delivering amazing code for our clients at Hoefling Software. We have been excited to deliver many amazing projects including a new blogging platform. As our business has grown it is important to show that our technical blog Andrew Hoefling | Life Through Code is also growin

DNN 9.2 introduces many new features including new routing controls for MVC Modules. Now, when building a MVC Module you can easily Redirect routes between Controllers and Actions at the Controller level. This new feature introduces flexibility that adds feature parity with Microsoft’s MVC implementation. With this change a MVC Module can contain many controllers and actions per controller that handle the complex routing scenarios associated with MVC development. Prior to 9.2 developers were limited to having one controller. While there were workarounds to this limitation until now there wasn’t an elegant way to handle routing in a MVC Module.

AppCenter Push Notifications is an exciting new technology for handling Push Notifications in any mobile app. I use AppCenter quite a bit with my Xamarin projects so using AppCenter was a natural choice.

This is Part 2 in a 3 part blog series discussing AppCenter Push Notifications

I was helping my friend Clint Patterson deploy a new DNN website and recommended that we enforce HTTPS even though for the small website he really didn’t need it. With the ease of tools such as CloudFlare it is really easy to set up and enforce https which not only makes your site secure but makes your users feel comfortable with the lock icon displaying in the browser.

Recently I was working on a Xamarin.Forms app that required push notifications for both iOS and Android. I started implementing Azure Notification Hub and was recommended by my friend James Montemagno that App Center supports push notifications. James quickly produced an amazing blog post that documents push notification and your options in Xamarin.

Let’s talk about using your Kindle Fire as a development device for Xamarin. It is running Android OS so you should be able to develop and test your apps on it just like any other android device. I was able to get the Xamarin Live Player working on my Kindle Fire with a simple workaround since the regular pairing was not working.