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Sam “Betty” McKoy
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Has anyone tried any of the new Azure compatible search providers?

Had a quick look at Azure Search but at $250 a month it seems a tad too expensive for a website.

Elastic search on the other hand seems to require a dedicated VM (couldn't find information on how to run it as a website) which isn't ideal either.  Maybe there's a SAAS version that's reasonably priced?

Has anyone tried replacing the built in html5 video player with a simple <video> tag instead of using the rad media player?

Grabbed iTap to help my wifes transition from iOS. She loved it for the first 20 minutes, until she tried switching back to Chinese and realised it didn't seem to support it.

Back to searching I guess.

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Has anyone seen a solution that lets you add users to the search index? They aren't IContent so you can't add them to the default search pipe.  SitefinityProfiles are IContent but they throw a null ref exception if you add them and try index.


Type : System.NullReferenceException, mscorlib, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
Message : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
Source : Unity_ILEmit_DynamicClasses
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Data : System.Collections.ListDictionaryInternal
TargetSite : System.Collections.IEnumerable GetItems(System.Type, System.String, System.String, Int32, Int32)
HResult : -2147467261
Stack Trace :    at DynamicModule.ns.Wrapped_OpenAccessProfileProvider_0160039c96084070b20c6ad65ed42976.GetItems(Type itemType, String filterExpression, String orderExpression, Int32 skip, Int32 take)
   at Telerik.Sitefinity.Data.ManagerBase`1.GetItems(Type itemType, String filterExpression, String orderExpression, Int32 skip, Int32 take)
   at Telerik.Sitefinity.Publishing.Pipes.ContentInboundPipe.GetProviderItems(SitefinityContentPipeSettings contentSettings, Boolean addaptFilterExpression, IManager manager, Type contentType)

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Has anyone run Sitefinity in Azure Cloud Services before?  I know that search doesn't work and you can't update the config files after deploy but I was wondering if anyone had any more insights/experience with it.

Specifically I'm wondering if it's possible to use the Autoscaling ability due to Sitefinities need to have the server urls in the config (presuming for cache clearing - http://www.sitefinity.com/documentation/documentationarticles/ensuring-content-consistence-on-all-nodes which I dont' think works in azure anyway)

Has anyone figured out a nice way to filter news widgets by user preferences? I'd like to allow users to pick a bunch of categories they're interested in and only show those on the majority of widgets.

I could write a custom control that does this filtering, but I'm looking for a slightly more out of the box solution (if possible).

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I write a number of TFS Plugins meaning I end up referencing all sorts of TFS assemblies, this entails trawling through the various client a...
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