Up close and personal with the CodeGarden'11 speakers - Part 3

Friday, May 27, 2011 by Warren Buckley

Hiya,
As we are getting closer and closer to CodeGarden the buzz and hype surrounding it is growing on twitter and I think we can all agree on that this years CodeGarden is going to be far the best.

So to continue with our "Up close and personal" blog post series, I have spoken to some speakers to see what they
have to say about CodeGarden.

Doug Robar

Doug-Robar

Q: So this year you are doing a session at CodeGarden titled "Did you Know?" Can you tell us what the session will be about?

A: Knowing as much as possible about what Umbraco does very well and very easily helps me build better sites more quickly and with higher profits. As a long-time Umbraco user and #lazyweb I'm always interested in finding things I didn't know about Umbraco. Helpful tips. How-to's. Tidbits. Rules of thumb. Hidden gems. Best practices and examples of what-not-to-do. Folklore and history. All these things make the Umbraco project and the people involved in it even more special.

This is a fast-paced session for both new and experienced users. I'll be sharing a huge grab bag of stuff; everyone will find something they didn't know.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this years CodeGarden?

A: It's been said many times and I'll echo it again... the people! To be sure, CodeGarden is a great opportunity to learn about the latest Umbraco developments and learn from the gurus. But collaborating in real time, talking face to face with people from around the globe that I've only met online, getting excited by all the cool things others are doing with Umbraco and receiving encouragement and support for my own ideas and projects... what could be better?

I know we geeks are supposed to be socially inept. Maybe that's true in general, but not in the Umbraco community! I've trained hundreds of people and met hundreds more and I can tell you there's something very special and unique about the Umbraco community. These people aren't just decent, friendly folk. They are the kind of people I want to have as friends, to invite home, meet the family, and share a meal with. CodeGarden is the biggest gathering of my worldwide friends and colleagues. I wouldn't miss it for anything.

Oh, and I'll also go home with a bunch of new skills and code.

Q: What is the most exciting thing for you about the upcoming V5 release?

A: Unconventionally, I'm really excited that so much is staying the same in v5. Site builders have learned the How's and Why's of Umbraco and won't be losing that investment with 5. What you know about document types, templates, macros, being a super hero to your users, all those foundational concepts and principles, the stuff you use in every site you build are totally applicable in v5. I'm thrilled that even though the internals are all new and greatly improved and we'll all benefit from that in v5 and beyond, the core concepts of what Umbraco is and does remains the same. Take a deep breath, bask in your existing Umbraco skills, and then dive deep into V5 at CodeGarden for even more greatness!

Darren Ferguson

Darren-Ferguson

Q: So this year you are doing a session at CodeGarden titled "Multi Language Websites in Umbraco". Can you tell us what the session will be about?

A: Our session has two presenters - I'll be demonstrating the more traditional approach to multi language sites in Umbraco, including some information on the relations API. The whole demo is put together live with a bunch of Razor, with a few bad jokes thrown in for good measure. Dimitri, the other speaker has a bit more of an innovative approach to demonstrate it. I've not seen it yet, so I'm looking forward to being a spectator for part of the presentation. Finally - we'll open up to Q&A at the end.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year's CodeGarden?

A: Catching up with old friends and hopefully making some new ones. It is always nice to meet the people that you've communicated with in the Umbraco community in the past year. Hopefully we'll be blessed with the usual CodeGarden weather this year - there is nothing quite like sitting out on the lawn at the venue with a beer - talking geek.

Q: What is the most exciting thing for you about the upcoming V5 release?

A: Hive (storage agnostic persistence) looks great - but just the re-architecture in general. I'm less fascinated by the fact that it is MVC and more interested in the fact that the project has an extremely competent full time architect this time around. Hopefully the team will be kept off the beer to avoid any more "Grapper" namespaces :)

Dimitri Kourkoulis

Dimitri-Kourkoulis

Q: So this year you are doing a session at CodeGarden titled "Multi Language Websites in Umbraco". Can you tell us what the session will be about?

A: Actually I am going to share a session with Darren Ferguson, on multi-language web sites in Umbraco. For my part of the session, I will be demonstrating a method of providing and managing multilingual content without relying on multiple sites.

In the environment where I work, it is very important to offer the exact same structure of information to all visitors, regardless of their choice of language. When we started using Umbraco, most of the documentation we were able to find on the subject proposed setting up multiple sites within an Umbraco installation, one for each of the supported languages. We needed to support many languages and we thought that going about doing things this way would pose two risks; that publishing multi-lingual content simultaneously would be hard to manage and also that different visitors would see different versions of the site, when for example certain translations are not ready as fast as others or even due to human error.

So we realised that what we needed was what was often referred to as a "1:1 multilingual site structure". We found some information about how to implement this in Umbraco. Over time, also taking feedback from our users into consideration, we evolved the method and today we are quite happy with it.

I will be explaining to the audience how such a system can be set up and, most importantly, demonstrate that this is a viable solution, perfectly feasible to implement in Umbraco. I hate to spoil the suspense but I have already made a package with this method and have posted it on our.umbraco.org. I think that, using the package, some time will be saved so that I can focus on how the method solves problems, rather than going into too many development details.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this years CodeGarden?

A: This will be my first year at CodeGarden, so I am not sure exactly what to expect. I have enjoyed the BUUG festival which I have attended in Belgium. It was very informative and it was nice to meet members of the Umbraco community for the first time. I know that CodeGarden is a very big event for Umbraco, so I am looking forward to being there, getting to know the community even better and, of course, to find out as much as possible about version 5.

Q: What is the most exciting thing for you about the upcoming V5 release?

A: I am sure that there are many details about V5 that I do not know yet, but from what I am aware of so far, I would say that Hive is the most exciting thing for me. It is very often that one has to link to external data sources these days, so anything that helps towards this end is certainly good news!

Niels Kühnel

Niels-Kuhnel

Q: So this year you are doing a session at CodeGarden titled "Forget About Resource Strings. Umbraco.Foundation.Localization". Can you tell us what the session will be about?

A: It's about how to manage all the "micro content" you have in a website. That is, how Umbraco 5 helps you and the end users manage all the small texts, validation messages etc you have in your templates and code. As a bonus the localization framework is compatible with all (spoken) languages in the world so it will help you in the frontend when you're doing multi language homepages. It also supports a lot of different text sources which will help your work flow in the development phase. Come see the texts in the backoffice be changed from a Google Spreadsheet.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year's CodeGarden?

A: Meeting up with everyone in the same time zone and sharing ideas in an informal atmosphere without a 140 character limit is something I'm really looking forward to.

Q: What is the most exciting thing for you about the upcoming V5 release?

A: The Hive. The unified approach to handling all the data sources that make up a modern website the same way is simply brilliant. Apart from that, the fantastic and solid approach to content management that has evolved and matured in the world's friendliest community over the years now runs off world class code and architecture. It's highly unlikely that any single company could ever encapsulate that amount of talent, brilliance and experience in a product.

Anders Burla Johansen

Anders-Burla-Johansen

Q: So this year you are doing a session at CodeGarden titled "The E-Commerece Showdown". Can you tell us what the session will be about?

A: This session will introduce you to three different e-commerce solutions for Umbraco - Tea Commerce, uCommerce and Commerce for Umbraco. You will be explained the possibilities with the various systems, their strengths and which system is best suited for specific scenarios. It will be an intense session, as each presenter only has 15 minutes to present their system, giving You the best tools and knowledge to build your next e-commerce solution with Umbraco. At the end of the session we will have a 15 min Q&A - so prepare your e-commerce questions and we will have the answers.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year's CodeGarden?

A: Meeting the entire Umbraco community - meeting familiar faces, new ones, and faces I only know from a Twitter profile. And of course the Umbraco Bingo - wondering what surprises the team has arranged this year!

Q: What is the most exciting thing for you about the upcoming V5 release?

A: As a package developer, I'm most excited to see how you build third party packages with the new API. I want to see how the new stuff works under the hood, how easy it is and what new possibilities it gives.

Søren Spelling Lund

Soren-Spelling-Lund

Q: So this year you are doing a session at CodeGarden, titled "The E-Commerce Showdown" can you tell us what the session will be about?

A: We're taking a look at what makes uCommerce 2.0 tick, when it makes sense to use it, and what you can expect when you do decide to use it. We'll cover the new Marketing Foundation and what it brings to the table to help you build advanced e-commerce solutions. Basically how you'll discover how to build awesome e-commerce solutions with Umbraco. Plus we'll have a couple of cool surprises in store for attendees at this session, so remember to sign up today :)

Q: What are you most looking forward to, at this years CodeGarden?

A: For me personally the high point of CodeGarden is always meeting old and new Umbracians and catching up from last year. It's always a treat to meet the talented people working with Umbraco out there.

Q: What is the most exciting thing for you about the upcoming V5 release?

A: The big thing is getting an honest to god architecture for Umbraco and the opportunities it will bring for cool new features in Umbraco itself and uCommerce, of course. The Hive looks especially promising for integrating custom data in an even more seamless fashion that what we can do today.

We may be bias, but we loved reading through the different session synopsis, and especially people's individual and unique reasons why they love attending CodeGarden and what they are anticipating most about the new version 5 release.... one of the main focus' of this years conference. If you have yet to purchase your ticket, head over to the Umbraco site, there are limited tickets left. Once you've secured one, come back here and leave a comment telling us what YOU are looking forward to most at CG11.

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