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1 Team Development Best Practices for Kentico CMS Brian McKeiver, BizStream, Co-Owner & Kentico MVP

2 Goals Work efficiently as a group Make your life easier as a Kentico Developer Hone your craft, make your customers happier

3 Team vs. Cowboy Goal 1

4 Goal 2 You don’t have to burn the place down

5 Goal 3 Gladwell’s 10,000-Hour Rule

6 Let’s talk about this over a beer When you see this…

7 Here We Go: First Time Setup Tools of the Trade – Local Workstation – Visual Studio – SQL Server Management Studio – Source Control – KenticoCMS_7_0.exe Goal: Install Kentico locally

8 Reasons to Install Locally Documentation API CHM Kentico Installation Manager (KIM) Import Toolkit App Pool Recycles are controlled

9 Source Control with Kentico Code Considerations – One branch or many ? – Depends on team size and goals Database Considerations – Leverage built in version control, check-in & check-out – Why external SQL versioning products may not work

10 Running Local Code Debug with VS2012 HTTP Trace via Fiddler Your exceptions are yours and yours alone No danger of breaking the build

11 Shared Development Database Key idea for Team Development Kentico CMS SQL DB Dev 2 Dev 1

12 Shared Development Instance Running full copy of your site in TEST Dev 2 Dev 1 Shared Dev Kentico CMS

13 QA / Test Server Code Kentico CMS SQL DB Dev 2 Dev 1 QA 1 QA / Test can see changes faster

14 Actual Code Slinging

15 Grow Your Craft Jedi Master Jedi Knight Padawan Youngling There is no Try, only Do -Yoda

16 Naming Standards Matter Prefix characters for project name – Followed by fully spelled out, descriptive name Display Names – Upper Case with spaces to delimit words – Prefixing with a special character is recommended because the project specific or custom object names will roll to the top of the Kentico selectors. Object Code Names – No Spaces, no special characters, Upper camel case – 100% Relying on the automatic naming is not recommended Use the word “Custom” in Views / Stored Procs – Use System Tables GUI in SiteManager to create them

17 Making it work: Custom Code Locations 2 Strategies – ~/App_Code/ project code as sub folder – ~/CMSModules/ – ~/CMSWebParts/ or – ~/App_Code/_framework/ – ~/_framework/ /CMSModules – ~/_framework/ /CMSWebParts

18 Making it work: Site Settings Kentico Site Settings for Team Dev Check in - check out (Object Lock) Object Versioning Blog Post

19 Object Locking & Versioning Available for: CSS Stylesheets Templates Page Layouts Page Templates Transformations Web part Containers Web part Layouts

20 Workflow for Content Tree

21 Warning 1 “Undo Checkout” is NOT your Friend

22 Warning 2 You will not be able to see Web Part settings if another developer has a Page Template checked out or if it is checked in.

23 Tip: See All Checked Out Objects My Desk tab to the rescue!

24 Virtual Objects with Kentico Check out to File System Can still use Kentico UI or External Source Control Apply Changes to move back to DB

25 Virtual Objects: What it does Use any IDE / Source Control client you want while editing externally in the file system.

26 Virtual Objects: How it Saves You Kentico Cache and Object Locking – 2 Devs land on the same checked in page template at same time – One checks out the template, the second goes to get coffee – One is working, second comes back and checks out – Two checked out copies because working at localhost

27 Virtual Objects Gotchas Object Sync Message, respect it.

28 Deployment Mode with Kentico When the deployment mode is OFF location of virtual objects depends on the Source control options. When the deployment mode is ON virtual objects are moved from the database to the file system on your disk. Target folder is ~/CMSVirtualFiles.

29 Continuous Integration (CI) Lots of Options: Jenkins Team City Team Foundation Server

30 Value of CI Technical Value: Saves Time Automatic build and deploy capabilities Exercise / hone your craftsmanship Adds responsibility to check ins / commits Gives you metrics on code base

31 Value of CI 2 Business Value: Reduces Risk Reduces overhead across overall development process Provides better Quality Assurance Raises project visibility

32 How to use CI with Kentico Automatic polling – Build every X mins Hooks – Build when events are triggered – Most common hook is: when a commit occurs Most CI systems can spawn a Selenium TestSelenium – Automated /Recorded HTTP request

33 What to watch out for in upgrade / hotfix Files will be overwritten if you do not segment your customizations

34 Don’t Rely on the System Transforms What if someone re-installs a Module ? POOF Cloning is your Friend

35 Deployment Options

36 Import / Export (multiple)

37 Import / Export (single) Almost every object is export-able Look for the small grey dropdown arrow to expand the menu

38 Import / Export Gotchas Update Documents Linked Documents License Issues

39 Content Stage One click deployment, YES Please! Sign me up.

40 Content Stage Gotchas Stage a task while target server has it checked out ** Javascript Files in Site Manager - don’t go ** Custom Views / Stored Procs - don’t go ** Tasks can get out of control Large Files – (yes this is a shameless plug) – ** Hint Hint Kentico 8 people

41 Web Farm Sync Sync everything everywhere Good for initial step in project lifecycle as far as developers go Also great for uptime and reliability in Production Environments

42 Deployment Setting: Macro Security A note about Connection Strings and Macro Security Ever seen this on your page ? |(user)mcbeev|(hash)f2c eea6f50f961a af24e51cf154f75b f810dc0" Use the appSetting key:

43 Team Dev: A Few Other Best Practices Keep Zone IDs and Web Part Control IDs as short as possible. Use Web Part Titles instead Avoid Ad-hoc Templates, other devs won’t know about them

44 Working with the Marketing People Yes even Content Admins have a right to play in the CMS Separate environments for DEV and Content Admins helps Use Content Staging to keep in Sync

45 Wrapping It Up You’ve Learned Work efficiently as a group Make your life easier as a Kentico Developer Hone your craft, make your customers happier Team Development is supported better than ever in Kentico 7.0! Assimilate as a Team. Resistance is Futile. Team Development FTW.

46 Questions

47 Thank You Web: Blog: LinkedIn:


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