Get to Know Your Sitecore Utilities – Part 2: WebUtil

Spider-Man: Web Developer

In the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, Peter Parker received an awesome, high-tech suit. One of the cool features of this suit is the new 🕸 web utilities he now has at his disposal. Excited, Spider-Man didn’t hesitate and rushed into web development without understanding the basic functionality of these tools… naturally, hilarity ensued. 🕷

Tony Stark gave Spider-Man those new web utilities to make Peter’s job easier, just as Sitecore gave us web utilities to help make our jobs easier.
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Get to Know Your Sitecore Utilities & Other Tools – Part 1: Valid Item Naming

As you may know, I spend a lot of my free time exploring Sitecore’s tools, utilities and the rest of its inner workings. I find it fun understanding how various pieces of Sitecore works. If you ask my wife about my love of everything Sitecore, she’d roll her eyes. Kathy would tell you she wishes I showed the same passion to learn how to safely and properly handle the various (deadly🛠) tools in our garage.

Think of me as Tim from Home Improvement. Tim knew more about tools than I and he also got injured more. I too have had many close calls, lil’blood loss, stitches and lots of bruises🤕. It’s important to understand what you’re working with; if you don’t, you could find yourself in a bind.

Learn everything you can about Sitecore, front and back, inside and out. While you are doing that, you should also get familiar with the basics like the Sitecore’s Utilities. You don’t have to use the code the Sitecore devs worked hard creating for us, but without knowing Sitecore’s most basic functionality, you could be missing out on learning something new and possibly cool.

I will show you three approaches that try to accomplish the basic task of making a friendly Sitecore item name. I will cover two different Sitecore Utility methods along with our trusty pal, Regex. Continue reading “Get to Know Your Sitecore Utilities & Other Tools – Part 1: Valid Item Naming”