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Deploying ServiceStack to IIS with a subdirectory

When deploying ServiceStack to a subdirectory (i.e. /Customer1/ServiceStack) what worked on your development and QA may all of a sudden not work here.  You’ll see an error like this: Handler for Request not found: Request.HttpMethod: GET Request.HttpMethod: GET Request.PathInfo: /Customer1/ServiceStack

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Entity Framework: Unknown column innerexception

When working with Entity Framework dbsets and using a generic repository pattern, in your repository base class you may have methods such as: public virtual IEnumerable<T> GetAll() and in these functions access “dbset” objects.  If you get an error that

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AutoMapper and System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Advice on dealing with strange errors (in general): What’s the difference between the following lines of code (1 vs 3&4)? Code Snippet dtoList.Add(AutoMapper.Mapper.Map<Model.example, Dto.example>(example)); var dtoExample = AutoMapper.Mapper.Map<Model.example, Dto.example>(example); dtoList.Add(dtoExample); Answer: Potentially many hours of hair pulling and frustration. By

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Resetting Entity Framework 5 code first migrations

Working with a messed up DB that had been manually modified while using Entity Framework 5 code first approach is not fun. Not only that, but the migrations had been deleted from the project and from the Migrations History table

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LinkedIn API and ASP.NET C# adventures

Continuing with integrating LinkedIn with my ASP.NET C# app, I came across a few difficulties. 1. Some browsers block popups differently than others. Doing development in IE (because it’s better integrated with VS 2012) and doing so on an IIS

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SEO tactics

After watching Patrick McKenzie’s presentations from MicroConf 2011 and 2012, I’ve distilled a few tactics I’m going to try and report back on. (in no particular order) 1.  first-time user experience (FTUE) is another critical step in the process of generating a true,

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Growth Hacking – tactic 1

1. OPN – Other people’s networks – use existing social networks of those users you are interested in to find new users for your startup.  Partner with these networks and do “co-marketing” opportunities

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Hacking the Customer Development Process – Part 4

Ideas from Dan Martell’s MicroConf 2012 speech on growth hacking   1.  (for enterprise software) – find out from whom your potential customers are already buying from 2.  getstatisfaction.com – use to find niche software products.  Find out what customers

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Hacking the customer development process – part 3

An interesting tip from a Rob Walling video.  Use YouTube to drive SEO gains.  Find a question, with important keywords, and create a new screen cast video that answers this question.  Create a youtube video where the title of the

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Hacking the customer development process – part 2

After listening to Product People TV podcast, I wanted to draw attention to the process outlined by Jason Evanish – http://productpeople.tv/2013/03/27/ep19-jason-evanish-shares-his-process-for-understanding-customers/. Create a landing page or blog post. Both should have a sign-up form for email addresses (at least) –

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