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!