Code Garden Chats III

Code Garden Chats III

Finishing off our first and second lots of CodeGarden Chats, we speak to Kris Deminick, Erik Frost and Lee Kelleher

Chat 8 - Kris Deminick

Kris is a digital marketing specialist and a fitness instructor and can be found on twitter @KrisDeminick

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

I came across Umbraco in my Digital Marketing career, I was a producer at a digital advertising agency and the agency used Umbraco for a lot of their web builds. As a producer I was exposed to it more from a content side. So I was populating content for my clients and then writing user manuals as well for the content editors at the client end . So very much an end user perspective was how I found out about Umbraco

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

Aww…I know everyone says it but…the people…I met my husband who works for Umbraco so clearly I’m a little bit invested in that. But people in general, from HQ all the way through the community are just unbelievable. You sort of make friends for life through Umbraco. From a product perspective though it’s just super easy to use. From my perspective as an editor and not a developer I just find it super intuitive to use and it’s kind of empowering as an editor when you can be confident that you can just go in and create the content you want, edit the content you’ve got…without needing to get on a call to someone or hassle someone. It’s pretty empowering to do it yourself while still being intuitive and easy.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

The Mindful Morning sessions that I have been running this CodeGarden. It’s something we have never done before. But my career now is in health and fitness and I’m a life coach and I’m a big believer in the power of mindfulness and I think another unique thing about the Umbraco community is that they are super open to that type of thing. Again, from HQ down to the community themselves so it’s been pretty special to be able to bring something new to CodeGarden and also it’s a personal holiday for me since I used to work for HQ I couldn’t not be a part of it and see all my Umbraco friends.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

My very first bingo experience…I think I left the evening with all the leftover stickers from head to toe so I was sort of…stickered out! And it was super fun and a really nice way to get to know people and meet people.

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

Articulate…wonder why….[smiles], and..Forms…

Chat 9 - Erik Frost

Erik is working at Umbraco HQ as an intern, and can be found at twitter @crunchy_goose

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

I had heard about it with another company but [as an intern] was the first time I’ve had hands on with the software. It was very heartwarming to come into the family and a lot of possibilities and really good first impressions.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

It’s the intuitive and friendly user CMS that they have. Also…the energy they provide is really, really different from a lot of companies...you don’t experience this feeling of family and community that is behind the company as well.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

I was asked to join since every attendee in the company should join.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

It has to be the boat ride..it was pretty good. I haven’t much of Odense so having the boat ride to show me around was phenomenal.

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

I haven’t actually done anything with the packages yet so I will be looking forward to seeing your answers there….

Chat 10 - Lee Kelleher

Lee is an Umbraco MVP and developer at Umbrella Inc, found on twitter @leekelleher

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

It was back in 2007, so it’s nearly 10 years, and we were looking around for an ASP.NET CMS and stumbled across Umbraco, but it was one of those that did xlt, and I had a background in xlt and it was a good fit, and I just carried on using it that way.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

Before I did Umbraco I used to do WordPress, which was great for a blog, but trying to bend it so you could use it to build websites…it was just no good because you had a fixed schema. So one of the attractions to Umbraco was that you could create whatever type of schema you wanted. So if you wanted to have a page title or a sub-page, then you could just add whatever fields you wanted. So that flexibility kept me wanting to use it.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

I…got invited onto the retreat, so I am here at CodeGarden.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

There was a rivalry between xlt guys and razor guys and we got to go and fight it out with a big pillow fight…with a death metal band. There was flashing lights and they were declared the winner. But yeah it was good fun and we had this crazy pillow fight just to settle the dispute.

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

I use one called Editor Notes, because it gives nice, descriptive text to each of the sections. I’m using one called Styled Textbox quite a lot that allows you to do css for textboxes, and I’ll go with NuPickers where you can create your own lists and dropdowns and things.

Conclusions

Looking at the chats we can see a few things

  • Community is a key part of the Umbraco experience
  • CodeGarden is awesome and everyone who can should go
  • The most popular package picks were Nested Content (being brought into the core), Umbraco Forms and TerraType
  • There is a good chance there will be more CodeGarden Chats in the future.....

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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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