Hi, I’m Sam Mullins.
I make web sites and web applications using c#, asp.net and Umbraco.
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Simpoll wins a Communicator Award

Simpoll, the location based voting app I created with a few others at Redweb in a 2 day hack, won a distinction award in the 20th Annual Communicator Awards.

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The day Umbraco UrlRewriting ruined my anniversary

The URL rewriting tool built into Umbraco is great for quickly adding in a couple of rules to handle the change in URLs from an old site to a new. What I found out however, was that if you take it too far the results can be disastrous!

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Custom Dashboard Tab Not Appearing In Custom Section of Umbraco

I was working on an Umbraco extension I'm building for a project at work, when I came up against a weird Umbraco bug/nuance.

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The simple guide to how Simpoll works

When I first heard about Damian's Simpoll concept, I thought it was great – albeit a bit, well, simple. I thought I'd tell you how much more there is to the Simpoll app than first meets the eye.

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Work in 2012

2012 was the year that I finished my degree. As a result of this I didn't get to do much client work. I did however create a product for my dissertation and worked with AFC Bournemouth on a hack project.

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Side by side error when deploying SQL CE based Umbraco site to web host

Whilst developing this site with a SQL CE database this error came up, and it had me stumped for awhile. "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect".

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Using iMacros to save google results

iMacros is an extension for Chrome and Firefox that can help with automating browser based tasks. A perfect use of this is seeing which terms are appearing in Google's SERPs.

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Building a Samson MVC site

Samson allows an Umbraco developer to get strongly typed representations of a node without having to commit to using a specific method. This site is built on Samson and this is a brief overview of how it works.

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Why I Quit uSiteBuilder

If you've seen my previous articles you'll know that I'm a big fan of uSiteBuilder, a software framework that allows for code-first development with Umbraco. I didn't expect it come so soon, but I've now stopped using it on all new projects, and that's a good thing.

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Creating fast, Examine indexable widgetized Umbraco websites (Part 2)

Previously I described how Umbraco allows us to make websites for editors that are flexible and resusable. Now I talk about how to negate the search and speed issues the approach brings.

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The importance of giving Umbraco templates correct aliases

I decided to make an Umbraco site using purely MVC techniques. I nested my views in a similar way to how I do with my master pages. Unfortunately a tricky to spot bug appeared.

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uSiteBuilder - The Absolute Beginners Guide

uSiteBuilder is a great way of making Umbraco projects without having to create document types through the back office and without the hassle of dynamic typing and no Intellisense!

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The Student Life

This is an article I wrote for the Redweb blog. Being Redweb's first placement student, I felt it would be interesting to write about my year, maybe tempting a few students in to applying!

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Automation with Grab Them All and Notepad++

Much of SEO work is very repetitive and I, like most developers, will always try to automate tedious tasks. Don't manually type in loads of URLs to visually check something, Automate!

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How I hack the Macro Container into working with MVC

I noticed when making this site that I couldn't get the Macro Container data type to render its contents correctly. Instead of rendering the html string it rendered a tag that looks like this: "<?UMBRACO_MACRO...". This is how I stole internal code from core and made it work in my site.

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Work in 2013

In 2013 I was involved in building some sites for a variety of clients, from Channel 4 to Hanover Housing, and from Farrow and Ball to Westfield.

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Creating fast, Examine indexable widgetized Umbraco websites (Part 1)

With the work I've been doing at Redweb and with ideas in the community such as WebBlocks it is clear that developers are allowing editors to reuse content, but are there problems?

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Umbraco: Is Code First on the Way?

I have always thought that code first deserves its place in Core. A colleague of mine, Tom, had a sneak peek at the source of the upcoming release, Umbraco 6, and spotted something nice!

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Content Management on the Move

This is an article I wrote for the Redweb blog about an experiment of mine. I made an interface for Umbraco that was suitable for mobile screens. Typescript, XHR2 and jQuery Mobile were used.

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Work in 2011

2011 marked the end of my placement year at Redweb. This is when I started working on client projects; a few of these were Aviagen Turkeys and Action on Hearing Loss. Although I wasn't a key team member on these, the experience of being on a project team made me hungry for more.

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