CodeGarden 12 - Lightning sessions

Monday, April 16, 2012 by Warren Buckley

Hey All,
It's time to give you an update on what is happening with the annual Umbraco conference CodeGarden. This year we are introducing a new session format for one of the tracks, which is the lightning sessions.

What is a lightning session?

A lightning session is a usual one hour session slot in the schedule broken down into three smaller sessions of twenty minutes each. This allows for a fast rapid pace of learning and keeps the speaker focused with more hands on demos rather than long lengthy theory and slides.

The one hour slot will be a mixture of three different speakers on a related topic or it will be one speaker for the hour talking about three different topics in their session.

After each of these lightning sessions the speaker/s will be available in the hands on room to take any questions and to discuss their talk further. This allows you as an attendee to get more direct access knowledge from the speakers at CodeGarden and build up some great relationships.


We are happy to announce...

We are happy to announce a few of the lightning sessions that we have confirmed for this years CodeGarden schedule. Below are some of the confirmed speakers and sessions we have for the new lightning format.

pete-dPete Duncanson - Mobile first with Umbraco V5

Pete is the Managing Director and chief geek at Offroadcode, a small team of three developers based in Huddersfield, UK.
He and the team have been active in the community since 2009 and like to support it by releasing handy packages (XSLTouch, DocType Mixins, XSLToJSON, etc.).

Working with others over a pizza and a beer (or two) we like coming up with interesting solutions to Umbraco related problems.

Offroadcode are currently working on a complete rebuild of the Olympic Holidays website to make it one of the first truly mobile friendly travel websites on the market using numerous best practises.

Session Info:
We will be sharing some of the lessons we learnt while using HTML5, CSS3 and some Umbraco goodies to make developing your site for mobile easier along with some tips and tricks too. Hold on to your hats, it is going to be a whirlwind tour!



soren-sSøren Spelling Lund - Coding Nerdvana With ReSharper

Søren is co-founder of the uCommerce company, which develops a full featured e-commerce platform for Umbraco with everything you need to run a successful online store on Umbraco.

He's been involved with the Umbraco community since 2008 when work began on the uCommerce platform. Since then he's been a regular speaker at Codegarden. Prior to getting involved in Umbraco he worked as an e-commerce consultant for more than 10 years and was named Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Søren hates writing these bios :-)

Session Info:
Achieve nerdvana! Create those Umbraco 5 macros in Visual Studio blazingly fast, with less errors too.
ReSharper has become a staple of the .NET world and if you're not using it today you should. Don't waste time using vanilla Visual Studio. Be more efficient and have more fun doing your work with ReSharper.

Already a keen observer of ReSharper zen? Fear not, you'll walk away with a few new tricks up your sleeve to make your everyday coding experience even better.

During this session you'll get a introduction to the goodness that is ReSharper and we'll take a dive in the deep end and see how you can achieve coding nerdvana. Use ReSharper and become a coding ninja in no time! (Outfit sold separately).



richard-sRichard Soeteman - CMSImport for V5

Richard Soeteman is actively involved in the Umbraco community since 2008 and the author of several popular Umbraco packages such as CMSImport.

Session Info:
In this session Richard will show you how you can import your content or members from various datasources such as SQL server and Excel into your Umbraco V5 environment using CMSImport for Umbraco V5. Richard will also show you how you can import content while remaining the hierarchical structure, how to avoid common pitfalls during the mapping of columns and how to update existing content or members.


OK that's it for now but keep your eyes peeled as we announce more sessions and details about CodeGarden.

If you haven't purchased your tickets to CodeGarden yet, why not? As this year sees the entire schedule dedicated to the new MVC version of Umbraco, version 5. If you want to be ahead of the competition and start working with version 5 then this is a must attend event. Not only will you learn a lot from the sessions but you have the opportunity to socialize and network with some great people of the Umbraco community and meet the who's who of the Umbraco world.

Umbraco certified partners, keep an eye soon as we will be sending you details about a great offer for CodeGarden 12 tickets for you and your team.

Until next time...
Warren and the Umbraco HQ

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