Code Garden Chats II

Code Garden Chats II

Continuing our first CodeGarden Chats we welcome Andy Felton, Emma Garland, Lars-Erik Aabech and Tim Payne.

Chat 4 - Andy Felton

Andy is the Technical Director for Nemisys Enterprises Ltd and can be found at twitter @AndyFelton71

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

Used umbraco back in 2008 to create a website for our sailing club. We were looking for an open-source CMS, looked at Drupal first, hated the upgrade experience and went to Umbraco.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

The Community and the way people engage to improve it and add packages.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

Over the last 12-18 months I’ve started doing more with the conferences and at the end of the day it was the place everyone who is doing Umbraco in the world is at, so I thought it was the right place if we were serious about it and then I’m here.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

Difficult as not over yet. It was a good talk that Matt (@mattbrailsford ) just did, on progressive web apps and Carol’s on IoT and the different things Umbraco can do and how you can stretch it to fit what you need.

Q) On a fresh install of Umbraco, what 3 packages would you always install?

uSync, CMS Import and Umbraco Forms.

Chat 5 - Emma Garland

Emma is a developer for Rock Solid Knowledge and is on twitter as @emmagarland

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

I first encountered Umbraco when I went to my second ever development company, Comtec. Working with travel agencies and I got to know it there and later moved on to use it at home for my own site and a few friends that had sites they were building so I kind of just loved it.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

The way you can just customise it to how you love it. It doesn’t force you to go down a certain path. If you want to extend it or use another API or integrate other things into it….it’s comfortable with that and it doesn’t try to lock you down. It lets you be creative which is something sometimes when you’re working on big systems you feel like you’re locked down. Umbraco kind of lets you go in different routes and it can be whatever you need it to be and serving up the data.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

Me and my company Rock Solid Knowledge and also I’ve been happy and delighted to be asked to the retreat. So I’m going to the Umbraco retreat for the first weekend and after that I’m going to the actual festival. So I’m happy to have been invited to both of these. But I didn’t tell my company too much about the Bingo.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

Probably a feeling of coming into the first day and seeing the keynote and actually seeing what Umbraco has done even after just the retreat I was just on and also what they were planning to do and feeling excited about version 8 and seeing that there’s a really clear path for where they are going and seeing that it’s all under control.

Q) On a fresh install of Umbraco, what 3 packages would you always install?

Historically Nested Content which is being brought into the core. also 301urltracker. Ditto and TerraType. Also some of the CogWork packages Anthony showed in the BetaGarden.

Chat 6 - Lars-Erik Aabech

Lars-Erik is an Umbraco MVP and a developer for MarkedsPartner. You can find him on twitter @bleedo

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

We actually selected it strategically, when they were writing version 5….then we all got training and then we went to CodeGarden 2012….and our jaw dropped. But then I talked to Shannon (@shazwazza ) and he went “I’ve got this package that does MVC for 4 now”. Alright..we gave it a go and then we were off.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

This [points around at Code Garden]…the community. It’s fairly well architected and they’re going in the right direction. I know the guys, I like them, they do the right stuff and they even listen to me…so I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

I just did a workshop, for one, but I’ve got seven colleagues with me and I’m really happy that they get to be a part of this and get all of the valuable information. I tend to get stuck at a bar with people

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

That’s a hard one….Hanging out at the bar with everyone. I’ve basically got 550 friends here…from all around the world.

Q) On a fresh install of Umbraco, what 3 packages would you always install?

It’s a hard one because most of them have either been put to the core or stuff that we have in beta. Let’s say..TerraType..when we need a map. But more and more of the packages we would use have been moved to the Core. It really depends on the customer and the case.

Chat 7 - Tim Payne

Tim is a freelance Umbraco developer and TechMonkey webdev, who can be found on Twitter @attack_monkey

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

One of my clients had a terrible inhouse CMS system that they wanted to bin and replace and they got me in to spec up writing a new one. And I kind of specced it up and went why are we writing this, we should be using a pre-built thing. So they paid me to spend a week basically looking at all of the .NET CMS stacks like SiteCore, DotNetNuke, Kentico, that horrible thing that Telerik do…and Umbraco. Basically I produced a big matrix for them of all the features that they were after and Umbraco was clearly the winner. They adopted that and they’ve been using it for about…7 years.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

The Community. The community is f***ing amazing frankly. Everyone is so friendly, so helpful. I came to my first CodeGarden 7 years ago when I had first started learning Umbraco and I thought it would be a good chance for me to figure it all out and so many people helped me out it was just amazing.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

I wouldn’t miss CodeGarden. This goes in my calendar now..it’s booked out every year. Even my wife knows that at the beginning of June I go to Denmark for a week and is like I’m not even going to bother trying to say you can’t go because she knows how much fun I have. She actually came out one year after CodeGarden to hang out in Copenhagen.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

So many to choose from…I’m going to have to say the car this morning, that was pretty special. That’s probably one of the nutsest thing I’ve seen…because normally this morning is quite subdued because everyone has been hammering it at the bingo but flipping the car and then flipping it back over again that was pretty cool.

Q) On a fresh install of Umbraco, what 3 packages would you always install?

Umbraco Forms, Nested Content and it would have been the doctype converters but that’s now in the core....most of the stuff that I would normally install is in there.

A Few More Left...

The next chat will finish with the last 3 and a few thoughts on the contents of the chats...

Author

Duncan Thomson

A Remote Software and Database Contractor specialised in Umbraco, Duncan works from wherever he finds himself. He is the co-organiser of the Python Exeter and Data Science Exeter meetup groups and speaks about Remote Working, Umbraco, Python and .NET Outside of work he is keen on travel, random generation, foreign languages and good food.

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