Time to say goodbye…for now

Hello all
I have not written a blog post for a little while but I thought I’ll cobble this together on the commute into London.

It’s time to say goodbye to uHangout for this year, but don’t worry it’s not going away permanently it’s that uHangout & me will be taking a little well deserved break.

This is mainly because I am stepping away from the lovely Umbraco Gold Partner gang that is The CogWorks and in doing so I am taking a little ‘me’ time between now; well tomorrow & when my new role starts in January.

So it made sense for uHangout to take a break so that I can recharge my batteries, pump up that enthusiasm and ensure the uHangout pet project gets a bit more love and that the annoying tech issues become less frequent than they currently are!

So in the new year I am so happy to announce that I will be returning to work with the awesome guys & gals over at Umbraco to help continuing to deliver a great CMS that we all love to use.

I am sad to be leaving my CogWorks family and has been loads of fun, so if you are on the lookout for a new Umbraco role and want to work with a great team building some neat websites then make sure to get in touch with Anthony Dang or Adam Shallcross

With me joining Umbraco the uHangout project will not turn into a corporate marketing show; not that Umbraco is even ‘corporate’ in that sense that of the way. This will still a pet project of mine which I will still be talking with the fantastic members of the Umbraco community about their packages & latest contribution in this show & tell format.

So with me taking a bit of hiatus I will be spending some good family time and going completely dark, so don’t expect me to reply to tweets and emails so that I can fully disconnect from our busy world that we all work in to become a fully rested & recharged Warren ready to deliver great stuff in the new year!

So don’t panic I have not run away or got hit by a bus!

With that all said & done it’s time to say goodbye….for now.
Warren x

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Thank You Umbraco Community

Hello,
So last week was the annual Umbraco developer conference; CodeGarden 15 that is hosted in the homeland of the Umbraco project Copenhagen.

This was the first year I was unable to attend the conference to catch up with the Umbraco community, which I like to call my second family, due to a recent new arrival to my family of my wonderful little daughter!

So with the first CodeGarden that I have missed since I started attending back in 2007 the one & only time it left Copenhagen & came to London that year & was a little gutted to not be able to come this year

If you was at this years CodeGarden you would have seen in the keynote or watched it back online, that I had a lovely surprise from the man himself, Niels Hartvig aka Chief Unicorn turning up unannounced at my front door and was presented with t fantastic LifeTime Umbraco MVP award, which is very touching & nice to hear that my contributions & efforts are noticed.

Rather than me drone on too much I thought I would create a short video instead, but once again a BIG, BIG Thank You Umbraco community for the LifeTime award & for giving me such a lovely reception. It did give me a nice warm happy feeling & a slight happy tear to the eye on Monday morning when I watched it back.

But before I go & wrap up, I want to say congratulations to my fellow MVPs at this years Umbraco CodeGarden that include the lovely bunch of people who continually work hard to make the community a friendlier & happier place, so again congrats to the following:

  • Lee Kelleher – Umbrella Inc
  • Matt Brailsford – The Outfield
  • Jeavon Leopold – Crumpled Dog
  • Jan Skovgaard
  • Jeroen Breuer

Umbraco 2015-2016 MVPS
The Umbraco 2015 MVPs. Photo: Doug Robar

Thanks again Niels for a fantastic surprise!

My Development Setup. What’s yours?

Hello all,
It’s a Sunday evening and I am sipping an ice cold G&T now that my DIY bits are done for the weekend.

I saw a tweet from my good friend & Aussie Peter Gregory today, saying:

I replied to Pete saying I have never had any issues and that I would write about my experiences, hence this post.

Pete and other people have asked me before about my setup of my machine I use for coding and I want to discuss about my particular setup and start a wider discussion with the community about their setups.

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Thanks!

Thanks!

Hello,
So I have been lucky enough to come back from a fun packed, long week with my second family the Umbraco community at the annual Umbraco conference, CodeGarden.

Thanks for the MVP

CodeGarden14 - MVPs
The Umbraco 2014 MVPs high fiving.        Photo: Doug Robar

I wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who voted for me this year to receive a community award, the Umbraco MVP award. I may not has been active as other members of the MVPs on our.umbraco.org however I like to think this blog with various code snippets & findings I have found out along the way has been useful to yourself & the community, in addition to running the weekly(ish) Umbraco  Show & Tell Google Hangout, called uHangout.

What is an Umbraco MVP?

Niels Hartvig wrote a fantastic blog post on what an Umbraco MVP is, but I will quote him:

MVPs are quite common in different projects and they’re all inspired by Microsofts “Most Valued Professional” program. In Umbraco MVP stands for “Most Valued People” as we see at least as big value in amateurs as in professionals. In fact several Umbraco MVPs started as amateurs only to find that Umbraco is now the cornerstone of their professional career.

An MVP is a person who’s not a part of the core team nor a part of the Umbraco HQ (the company), but in some other way adds extraordinary value to the project. Looking back at previous MVPs this translate into being friendly in the forum or making incredible and highly useful packages. In other words, MVPs represent the best of the community which is the last building block in what makes the foundation of the Umbraco project; the company, the core team and the community.

H5YR

I want to end my post with a big thanks & a H5YR (High Five You Rock) to the other Umbraco MVPs who help make the Umbraco community fantastic with the packages they create, to the very detailed & helpful answers they post on our.umbraco.org. I swear Jan never sleeps as he always finds the time to post on the forums. So a big thanks to my fellow MVPs & nominees you all do outstanding work & help make this a better place for all.

I never thought in a million years I would be awarded MVP, but it’s easy to get involved with the Umbraco community and you never know it could be you next year.

2013 – My Umbraco Year in Review

Hello all,
As it’s the last day of 2013 I would like to look back and reflect on the year that has been.

It has been a great & fantastic year after a personal rocky year back in 2012, but as this year has progressed I have gained my confidence in myself back.

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Tea Commerce – Certified Developer

Well I have just got back into The Cogworks office after having two days out to do some training in one of the most popular E-Commerce packages, Tea Commerce for Umbraco which is from the fantastic Danish developers Anders Burla Johansen & Rune Grønkjær over at Tea Solutions.

First of all I have to say I have no commercial experience with building e-commerce websites, so going on a two day course to learn how to build E-Commerce websites using my favorite and flexible CMS Umbraco was a very exciting prospect.

The course itself was very well structured and thought out and Anders from Tea Commerce taught us on day one how to build a very simple WebShop using Tea Commerce using some of the basic APIs and on the second day we learnt about product variants, multilingual and the more advanced .NET APIs along with the very clean and well structured JavaScript API.

My colleague at The CogWorks is a big fan of version one of Tea Commerce and was keen to hear about my experience of using version two of Tea Commerce at the training. My colleague previous niggle was that there was little or no documentation that he could easily find. I can proudly say to him now that the guys from Tea Commerce have put a lot of effort into this with thorough documentation across all of their APIs with good real world examples that allow a quick copy and paste coding if you wish to.

So after two fantastic days with Anders and a bunch of other Umbraco developers we can now all proudly say we are now certified Umbraco Tea Commerce Developers!

Warren Buckley is a Tea Commerce Certified Developer
Warren Buckley is a Tea Commerce Certified Developer

I can highly recommend this course if you are considering getting into the world of E-Commerce with Umbraco and is well worth the money and the two days out of the office to learn something new & exciting.

It’s good to be back…

Well it’s nearly been 4 or 5 years since I last blogged and it’s good to be back writing again as I have found twitter to be too limited recently with it’s 140 characters. Here I can ramble on for as long as I like without any worries.

A hell of a lot has changed since I last put down my pen on the Creative Web Specialist blog. So what has happened in the last 4 or so years?

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