CodeGarden Chats I

CodeGarden Chats I

I chatted to several Umbracians while I was at CodeGarden, asking each of them the same 5 questions. Here are the first 3 of those CodeGarden Chats with Jonathan Richards, Ilham Boulghallat and Alex Vilmur

5 Questions

The questions were designed with fairly short answers in mind, bringing a mix of answers about Umbraco and CodeGarden.

They were:

  • What was your first experience of Umbraco?
  • What do you like most about Umbraco?
  • What brings you to this CodeGarden?
  • What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?
  • On a fresh install of Umbraco, what 3 packages would you always install?

Chat 1 - Jonathan Richards

Jonathan is an Umbraco MVP, a contractor and also the creator of the Umbraco Package Terratype. You can find him on twitter @JoniffRichards.

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

This was back in 2009 when I started working in a company that people like...Lee Kelleher…They got me into the deep end straight away

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

I think it was the passion of everyone else that got me into Umbraco, 'cos you see the other people in other CMSs and they’re sort of...ummm, no. And you meet quite a few in say...SiteCore, where they’re not very pleased to be Sitecore developers. I mean, yes, Umbraco , ‘cos you can do whatever you want with it, it means that we still have that freedom, and it’s that freedom that we like as programmers.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

Well I’ve been a few years now. And I feel ‘cos I didn’t go in 2014…and you see all of the tweets and you see all of the Slack channel comments, and you feel like you really are missing out. But I always say you’ve got to make these as good as you can. Cos I feel the first year I came I just sat and programmed and didn’t really talk. And if you don’t get out there, then you don’t get the full Umbraco experience.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

There was a time just over there, [points outside to garden] last year, where there was a big hot tub and Ravi got thrown in it, fully clothed, and then he had to wander off in a giraffe costume and….I’m not going to forget that in a rush!

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

TerraType!! Also Nested Content, and nuPickers.

Chat 2 - Ilham Boulghallat

Ilham is a student working at Umbraco HQ as a Friend Maker.

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

It was actually at CodeGarden 2016 and I hadn’t started yet. So it was quite impressive to be here and to see how things are...a month before I officially started. I met all the amazing people from the Umbraco community and felt like I made the right choice by applying for a job with Umbraco HQ.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

The people…and I’m not Danish but I feel super-welcome and I love the Danish culture and Umbraco just makes it way way way better.

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

Work.

Presenting the results of my survey I did for my thesis and also to be with the team and meet with the community. I’ve been talking to people online for the last year and it was nice to actually meet them and talk to them.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

Bingo….[laughs]…that’s just amazing

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

That’s a difficult one as I have no technical abilities!

Chat 3 - Alex Vilmur

Alex is a web developer and Certified Umbraco Master, based in Chicago working for Marcel Digital.

Q) What was your first experience of Umbraco?

When I started working for Marcel Digital. They were the first ones to introduce me to Umbraco as it was their main CMS.

Q) What do you like most about Umbraco?

As a developer it’s probably the simplest to use and pick up as it doesn’t stray too far away from the .NET standard and it’s very extensible, which makes it really easy to use

Q) What brings you to this CodeGarden?

The company sent us as we’re Gold Partners. To come and meet the other developers here and try and learn and get ideas to bring back for our own clients.

Q) What is your favourite CodeGarden Experience?

Difficult one as all so good... building the [Lego] zoo and learning scrum in a fun way!

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

Nested Content, grids with Le Blender and Vorto for Multilingual.

More to Come....

There are enough chats for two more blog posts and also some conclusions.....

Leave a comment with what questions you would have like to have seen asked.

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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