Jason N. Gaylord
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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Using Web.config Transforms in ASP.NET

One of my team members was working on an issue today within an application. The application is setup to use web.config transformations. Web.config transforms are a great way to create multiple build configurations (including, but not limited to, the debug and release build configuration that are built-in) and allow different configuration settings based on the build. For instance, you may have a database connection set to your localhost when you are debugging locally. However, you can use web.config transforms to change the server name when you publish the application using the release build configuration. This can also be used to ensure that every time you publish an application as a release, debug and trace are disabled for your application.

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Changing the Title in the Tile Icon of a Windows Phone 7 Application

If you’ve built a Windows Phone 7 application, you may have noticed that if you pin your application to the Start menu, the name of your application appears in the lower, left-hand side of the tile. You can change the text in this tile, by right-clicking on the application and going to properties. On the Application menu, modify the Tile title properties. A sample of this area is displayed below:

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Disneyland Adventures due out November 15th, 2011

Earlier today at the E3 Expo, Microsoft unveiled several new features to Xbox Live, Kinect, and announced several new games including Halo 4, Kinect Sports Season Two, and Kinect Disneyland Adventures. Kinect Disneyland Adventures is pegged to be the first Kinect game including Disney characters. I stumbled across a screenshot that appears the game will be released on November 15th this year.

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Blog Moved to JasonGaylord.com

I’m leaving this blog up for now. However, all new blog content is being moved to JasonGaylord.com. I’m posting lots of things regarding MVC, Orchard, WP7 and other new Microsoft technologies. Be sure to check it out today at http://JasonGaylord.com.

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The WeatherDotCom Widget for Orchard CMS

If you’ve checked out my new website recently, you may have noticed that I have included the weather on the site. Mouse over on the right-hand side and you’ll notice a “bing-like” box that will appear. I’ll talk about this a bit more in a bit, but you’ll notice that the weather pulls for my local zip code. These are the results from the Weather Channel’s weather.com.

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Orchard CMS Command Line Exception

Late last week when I was at CodeStock 2011, I ran into an error with the orchard.exe command line utility. The exception generated looked similar to the following:

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Grow Your Website using Orchard

I’m just wrapping up a trip to Eastern Tennessee’s CodeStock 2011 (in Knoxville to be precise). While I was down here, I presented on the Orchard CMS. Both the conference and talk were great and while I’m never really satisfied with any of my talks, I have recorded it. It will soon be available on the CodeStock website for all to view at a later date and time. However, I know that Michael Neel is quite busy and it may take him another day (or week) to get everything up there. So, I’ve jumped the gun and published it up myself. Be sure to check it out:

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Preparing for CodeStock 2011

I arrived in Sevierville, TN last evening in preparation for CodeStock 2011. I’ll be presenting about the Orchard CMS tomorrow at 12:30pm in room 401. You can read more about the talk on the CodeStock site at http://codestock.org/Sessions/grow-your-website-using-orchard.aspx. I’ll be posting pictures later on after visiting various stops.

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Welcome to my new Website

After several years of promise, I’m finally ready to deliver my new website. This website is using a combination of technologies for the web. Much of the content is formatted to use HTML 5. The base site uses a content management system called Orchard. The current version of Orchard, Orchard 1.1, has been written using ASP.NET MVC 3 and the Razor view engine. Much like other CMS solutions, modules can be used to extend the functionality of the system. In my case, I decided to write a couple of modules (as well as a custom theme) to fit the needs of my website. These will be made available in the Orchard Gallery at a later date and time. I look at this new site as being a “work in progress.” I’ll plan on adding more content such as tutorials for Orchard and ASP.NET as well as small videos and opinions of various technologies. Be sure to check back often and subscribe to my blog feed.

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The Orchard CMS Gazette

Since my new site is based on Orchard and I’m hyped to start creating modules and customizing Orchard, I figured I’d share the links that I find on Twitter and Facebook with all. Subscribe today to the Orchard CMS Gazette by visiting http://jasong.us/mCCq3g. The publication will pull recent posts and articles submitted on Twitter and Facebook containing popular Orchard search terms. If you have any suggestions to improve this digital publication, please let me know by leaving a comment.

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