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

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The Umbraco 2015 MVPs. Photo: Doug Robar

Thanks again Niels for a fantastic surprise!

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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

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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.

Visual Studio Extensions for Umbraco

Hello all,
I haven’t blogged for a little while, as I have been busy with my new pet project uHangout. If you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend you do, as it s a weekly Google Hangout that I record and publish on YouTube with guests from the Umbraco community demoing implementations, snippets, packages or just general interviews like I did with founder Niels Hartvig & Per Ploug

So my next little lunchtime hacks has been involved in working with extending Visual Studio to make our life’s easier when working with Umbraco. After recently coming across the project SideWaffle from Sayed Hashimi and Mads Kristensen from Microsoft, I was inspired by how they have added new file templates such as an AngularJS Controller and others.

So with this idea I approached Sayed for some advice on how I can create Umbraco file templates in the same way. I was given some great pointers and I am now able to present to you the

Umbraco Community – Visual Studio Project Item Templates package for Visual Studio

You can download the extension directly inside Visual Studio from the extensions section or on the Visual Studio Gallery website.

If you are intrigued on how it all works then the full source code is available on GitHub for you to look through as well.

But it doesn’t stop there!

As I created another Visual Studio package that adds a new project template to Visual Studio. So with one click you can do File -> New Project and select the new Umbraco project template. This will install and setup Umbraco for you by fetching the latest version of Umbraco from NuGet.

Now you will be able to impress your boss as you install & setup Umbraco so quickly.
Like before this extension can be found when searching inside Visual Studio for extensions and the gallery website but I have also put the source code of is extension on GitHub as well.

I have a few more ideas for Visual Studio Extensions to make our lives easier as Umbraco Developers, but I would love to hear what you think.

Cheers,
Warren 🙂

Umbraco Community Google Hangouts

Hello all,
I had a brilliant idea on the train ride into work this morning. Why don’t we do a Google Hangout where members of the Umbraco community can join and show of their website implementations, packages or general code snippets and advice.

So I thought let’s just make it happen rather than just sit around and think about it, otherwise it will be another one of my ideas that just dies a miserable death!

I asked around on twitter if anyone was able to join me on my lunch break and join me for twenty or so minutes to chat and demo some stuff. Luckily someone replied!

So I present to you the first Umbraco Community Google Hangout with Jon Humphrey as the guest who demo’d his Umbraco 6 MVC implementation of http://lawcare.org.uk

My goal is to try and do this quite regularly with the community so we can all learn from one another and also learn about the awesome but often hidden Umbraco packages within the community. Depending on feedback I may make this a regular weekly Friday slot or perhaps bi-weekly.

Let me know what you think of the format and how often I should do it please in the comments!