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Chris Berry

Chris Berry

Chris is a Consultant at Keyhole with a focus on .NET and JavaScript technologies. He likes to dive in and look at the architecture of an application to learn how all of the moving pieces are handled. In the end, he loves to pass along what he's learned and to help people make some good design choices for all aspects of a project.

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Making Regular Expressions Simple With VerbalExpressions

Chris Berry JavaScript, Problem Solving, Tutorial Leave a Comment

Regular expressions are not the easiest thing in the world to quickly understand. Most developers only work with regular expressions when they really, really have to.

But what if there was another way?

There is and it’s called VerbalExpressions. VerbalExpressions is a collection of over two dozen repositories and libraries that use plain and simple language to describe a regular expression. In fact the motto they use is, “Regular Expressions made easy”.

VerbalExpressions is a quick and easy way to write complex regular expressions. In this blog, I will use the VerbalExpressions JavaScript implementation as my library of choice to demonstrate this great tool to you.



Learning Angular C.R.U.D.

Chris Berry AngularJS, JavaScript, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial 1 Comment

So, you’ve learned JavaScript and now you’re wanting to get into Angular. But where do you start?

There are quite a few examples out there. One of the best ideas I have personally found useful for a new developer to learn is how to do Create, Read, Update and Delete operations.

In this blog we’ll go through the process of building a simple, working Angular address book application with C.R.U.D. operations. By the end, and by studying the full, working code, you should have a better grasp on Angular.



Taking A Mixed Approach To Single-Page Applications

Chris Berry AngularJS, JavaScript, Problem Solving, Single-Page Application, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

A coworker came to me with a problem. The client he was working with would be building hundreds of single-page applications and all would need to be tied into a single shell application. He had first attempted to use an iFrame contained within another single-page application to display the child applications.

While this worked, he came up against another requirement: the child applications may or may not need access to data from the parent shell application.

It was at this point he came to me for suggestions. I had been playing with this exact idea for sometime; how can you manage a collection of Single-Page Applications and still share data between them?

At this point, I decided to create a hybrid solution of mixing Single-Page Applications with a server-rendered shell application. The following is the process I took for creating this solution, highlighting some of the pain points with some suggestions for further enhancements.



Seriate: The Glue Between SQL Server and Node.js

Chris Berry .NET, JavaScript, Node.js, Technology Snapshot 7 Comments

An example Node.js application which connects to a SQL server and serves up data via HTTP endpoints. Before leaving my last client, I was asked if it was possible for Node.js to connect to Microsoft’s SQL Server. The reasoning behind this was that the company wanted to move away from a pure Microsoft stack because of the cost and try …



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Making Cultural Shift Happen

Chris Berry Business, Consulting, Opinion Leave a Comment

Let me paint a picture and see if it sounds familiar to you: You’re two weeks past the delivery date of the project you’ve been assigned to. So far, you’ve heard around the watercooler talk of staging yet another “coup” because your fellow developers feel that management has once again “dropped the ball” by letting the offshore team take the …