Guy MacArthur

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Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology

Windows 10 is coming... with Candy Crush!

Microsoft’s latest and greatest version of Windows is on its way and they’ve added some addictive bloatware to sweeten the deal.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco Web Development Technology

Using PetaPoco with Umbraco is pretty sweet.

PetaPoco is a great way to extend the Umbraco CMS database, and I’ve put together a short tutorial showing how easy it really is.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology

Virtual Desktop for the Oculus Rift is a taste of the future

The Oculus Rift was all about gaming. With projects like Virtual Desktop every aspect of your day to day computer use is open to the virtual space.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco Tips & Tricks Web Development

Updating Your Umbraco Lucene Indexes For Better Searchability

A simple way to enhance your Lucene indexes for searchability across comma separated numerical values.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development Search Umbraco

Getting Descendants in Umbraco Examine

An easy way of getting descendant node index entries with a simple query, if you’re into that kind of thing…

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Google Analytics

Google Analytics learning resources

Want to learn Google Analytics? Here are some great resources just for you!

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development Technology Umbraco

Is the Grid Layout property editor for Umbraco ready for primetime?

The answer is NO… but, it’s so very close!

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development e-commerce Umbraco

Merchello is the eCommerce solution we've all been waiting for

An eCommerce solution for Umbraco that meets your every need and want, by you building for it.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : User Experience Umbraco Web Development

Sprucing up the TinyMCE editor in Umbraco 7

A walkthrough on how to slap a little makeup on the TinyMCE editor in the Umbraco back office.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Performance Rants

Great gift ideas for developers

‘Tis the season and your developers have worked (mostly) adequately the whole year. Time to lavish them with developer appropriate gifts. Here’s a few ideas to keep them happy… or rather, not-unhappy.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development Umbraco

Umbraco 7.2 - Property editor data storage limitation… resolved

A hidden gem in the Umbraco CMS 7.2 release that's simple, but powerful and opens the door to amazing new extensions.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology Web Development

Microsoft .NET is going Open Source and Cross Platform

Microsoft announced this week that it’s opening more components of the .NET framework and will have it running across both Linux and OSX… and I never thought those words would be uttered outside of geeky satire.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco SEO Web Development

IIS URL redirects to lowercase and Umbraco CMS

Enforcing lowercase URLs for SEO in an Umbraco CMS managed website is (mostly) simple.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development Performance Umbraco

Umbraco CMS version 7.1.7 (unexpectedly) released

A new version of the Umbraco CMS has been released, and with it two issues addressed. One big, one small, and both a pleasant surprise.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology Umbraco e-commerce

Umbraco and eCommerce

Does Umbraco have an eCommerce platform? Umbraco is no slouch in the eCommerce department, it has many.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco Web Development

Do you need to update your Umbraco CMS?

An up to date content management system is a well performing content managed website. A good example of why it's good practice to keep on top of your updates.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development Umbraco

The Umbraco CMS List View - A simple solution, with an epic fail

The list view data type. The answer to one of the Umbraco CMS's most crippling issue to date, or more of the same? ... a little bit from column A, a little bit from column B.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Common Sense

Tips and best practices for the office

So, you're about to spend the majority of the rest of your life in the office. Here's are a few of the most basic set of tips and practices to get you started.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Google Social Networking Technology

Another blow to Google+ as Vic Gundotra leaves the company

Vic Gundotra is leaving Google, and this could mean the downfall of Google+ or a new way forward. Either way, the social service's fate is at hand.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology Umbraco

Umbraco CMS 7.2 - awesome new features are on the way

A new release of Umbraco is on its way, it’s packing some powerful new features and they are chock full of awesome.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco Web Development

Reusing the Multi Node Tree Picker in a Custom Section

In Umbraco 7 creating your own data types is a snap, but what if you want to reuse one of its own? Here's how.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development Umbraco

Error logging with email notifications in Umbraco

Adding email notifications for logging in Umbraco is so easy, you have no excuse not to do it.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Programming Web Development Technology

Essential plugin alternatives for Umbraco 7

All is not lost as traditional plugins play catch-up with Umbraco 7.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development e-commerce Umbraco Featured

Merchello - the answer to your Umbraco eCommerce needs?

Umbraco 7? Check. The new Merchello plugin for Umbraco 7? Check. eCommerce. Check, check, check!

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology Online Trends Facebook

Facebook video ads, or how can Facebook get more annoying?

Just what Facebook users were asking for: autoplay video ads on their walls. This should piss nobody off, not.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Featured

Essential Umbraco CMS Packages

Every new Umbraco CMS project should start with these.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development

Umbraco 7 – Better… Faster … Stronger … Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

The new Umbraco 7 is a fine release.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development

EPiServer CMS 7 Content Blocks

EPiServer's content blocks are a well executed property for developers and content editors alike.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology Tips & Tricks

Chrome apps are breaking out of the browser

Chrome apps keep pushing and pushing what can be done; now that offline mode is properly released, the way we think about and user a web browser changes considerably.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco Web Development

Upgrading Umbraco

One of the trickiest issues when working with Umbraco is upgrading.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development

jQuery 2.0, less is more

jQuery is where it is at.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Online Marketing

Microsoft’s logo gets a facelift.

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled their new logo.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco

Umbraco 4.8.0 Released

A new version of Umbraco has just been released and at first glance it looks a bit, well, boring.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development

Highrise CRM – “If you have the means, I highly recommend it”

CRM, customer relationship management, systems come in many sizes. From the lightweight systems where a subset of their features are geared towards CRM, to systems whose sole purpose is CRM.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Umbraco

Umbraco 5, where it’s going.

Do you ever wonder what’s happening with everyone’s favourite CMS?

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Online Trends

Google Wave Sunset

Pretty much from the moment it launched into its much hyped beta and users started scratching their heads, it was over for Google Wave. Pity, because it's a great concept.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development

Why documentation matters

It’s easy to look at a website and think that it’s easy to build. The same can be said of almost anything. When you first look at a plot of land it looks simple enough to build upon..

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology

Google Earth Browser Plug-in Released

Google recently released a browser plug-in for their Google Earth application. With it you can view the Earth, in its entire 3D splendor, via your web browser

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development

ASP.net website gets a facelift

The ASP.net website, where I go for a lot of my .net web development needs, has been re-skinned.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Online Trends

Apple doesn't support Flash

Last week during an Apple town hall meeting Steve Jobs condemned Adobe for being the a bunch of lazy SOB's who write buggy code.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Mobile Technology

Samsung Bada

Samsung Bada ui images have been floating around the webs as of late (see Engadget).

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Technology

Windows 7, for your whole family!

Great news, Microsoft has released a limited edition Windows 7 Family pack for Australia - is it worth upgrading?

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Mobile Technology

Samsung announces their new open mobile platform

Bada means ocean in Korean, and represents a “vast area where ideas, cultures, and experiences around the world interact with people” according to the brand story on the Bada website. Makes me feel warm inside.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Social Networking Google Technology

Google Profiles, because people are searching for you

Google’s recently introduced Google Profiles. In it you can create a profile all about you. With it people can search and find you on Google.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Programming

My Favourite C# Operator

One of my favourite C# operators I try to use at every and any opportunity is the much beloved "??" operator. For the entirety of my life as a programmer I’ve called this little gem the “question mark question mark” operator.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Web Design Web Development

Forms: Less Is More

People don’t like filling out forms, it’s a fact. So, when designing your web forms try using the less is more approach.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Tips & Tricks CSS Web Design Web Development

All IE’s Aren’t Created Equally

As a developer one of my responsibilities while working on a site is to ensure that everything looks as it should on many different web browsers. When I say different browsers that includes different versions of browsers. Currently, there are 3 versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that dominate browser usage worldwide. Those are IE 6, 7 and 8. And unfortunately, they like to show the same web sites slightly, and on occasion drastically, different.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Tips & Tricks Web Strategy Web Development

Top Tips to Keep Your Content Fresh

Content is king for both keeping your audience interested and keeping search engines happy with content to crawl and rank for search terms. Here are a few ideas to help keep the content on your site fresh.

Guy MacArthur Team : Web Development Tags : Tips & Tricks Programming Issues Web Development

The CheckBox is dead. Long live the CheckBox!

One of the most hated dreaded slightly annoying controls featured in the asp.net arsenal is the CheckBox. Luckily however, there is a quick and lazy way of giving value back to your CheckBox.


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