Akzente.IT – New web site online!

My new web site at akzente.IT is online!

You will find some more information about me and my projects there.

My goals for the web page were twofold. First of all I wanted to have a nice virtual “business card” – a place where I can present myself to potential employers with a list of my skills and the projects I have done in the past.

My second goal was to use this opportunity to learn more about ASP .NET MVC (with Razor) and HTML5 and I have to say I’m very happy with the results. I think it was the first time I actually enjoyed creating a website. I have full control of the generated HTML, I didn’t have any hard to debug errors so far and the separation that MVC gives me is really cool. I’m actually using this to generate different views of my project page. I have a single controller responsible for the list of projects which delegates to different views depending on an input parameter (e.g. to generate a text only version for carreer networks) and it works quite nice. I’m thinking about extending this to automatically create a resumé in Word generating Office Open XML with a Razor view. I’m curious if this works.

Another interesting page is the blog page where I show some recent blog posts with links back to this blog. It was amazing how easy it was to build this.

public class BlogController : Controller
{
    [OutputCache(Duration = 60*60, VaryByParam = "none")]
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        var model = new Blog();
        string feedUrl = "https://coding4life.wordpress.com/feed/";
        using (XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create(feedUrl))
        {
            var feed = SyndicationFeed.Load(reader);
            model.Feed = feed;
        }
        return View(model);
    }
}

My favourite is the controller attribute for output caching, which will cache the generated result for 1 hour, so that it loads faster and doesn’t hit the blog to hard in case there are many visitors.

That’s all about the website for now. I also have a profile now on GULP, check it out: https://www.gulp.de/Profil/AkzenteIT.html

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