Andrew Connell

Leveraging regular expressions within MCMS implementations

In the course of some of my MCMS projects, I've noticed how powerful and helpful regular expressions can be. One such case is when you're working on a navigation component. You could walk the channel tree to find specific points within your site structure, checking against the path of the channel etc, or you could use regular expressions to do the checks for you. When used correctly, they can have a very positive impact on your project. In one recent project, I was shocked to see the performance impact of going from a “channel tree walker” to regular expressions. The original “channel walker” solution used ASP.NET caching and the regular expression solution (which didn’t use any type of caching) was dramatically faster. I’ve written up an article explaining how you can use regular expressions in your MCMS project. In this article I reference the above mentioned project and show screenshots of the regular expressions in action! » Leveraging regular expressions within MCMS implementations ...

In the course of some of my MCMS 2002 projects, I’ve noticed how powerful and helpful regular expressions can be. One such case is when you’re working on a navigation component. You could walk the channel tree to find specific points within your site structure, checking against the path of the channel etc, or you could use regular expressions to do the checks for you.

When used correctly, they can have a very positive impact on your project. In one recent project, I was shocked to see the performance impact of going from a “channel tree walker” to regular expressions. The original “channel walker” solution used ASP.NET caching and the regular expression solution (which didn’t use any type of caching) was dramatically faster.

I’ve written up an article explaining how you can use regular expressions in your MCMS project. In this article I reference the above mentioned project and show screenshots of the regular expressions in action!

» Leveraging regular expressions within MCMS implementations

Andrew Connell
Founder & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.