bijesh 13 August, 2009 17:16:PM
LBi was proud to host the UK Umbraco meetup on 6th August 2009, organised by consultant and Umbraco enthusiast, Darren Ferguson, and attracted a 55+ people crowd enough to fill the auditorium. With a guest appearance with the man himself and Umbraco’s founder, Niels Hartvig, this was surely to be a great day.
So exactly what is Umbraco? Simply put, Umbraco is an open source .Net Content Management System (CMS), dubbed “The Friendly CMS”, with an ever growing dedicated community that are always willing to help.
Darren opened up the event with the days proceedings, with yours truly giving a warm LBi welcome and introduction into the wonderful things we do. Not wanting to hold-up the proceedings, we swiftly moved on with Niels giving a recap on this year’s Codegarden ‘09 back in June (the annual Umbraco developer conference), reporting on latest developments and milestones on the Umbraco roadmap.
The morning session continued with a presentation from Douglas Robar on “What I Wish I’d Known in my First 30 Days with Umbraco” - an extremely insightful look at best practises, techniques and concepts for all levels of Umbraco developers.
After lunch, Paul Marden gave his lively account of developing a multilingual website, followed by Niels and Darren building a ‘mystery’ application in Umbraco - a great live demonstration on building a package to export and import members from the attendees list. By creating a simple app that randomly selected attendees, swag was handed out to those lucky enough to be selected, a “Everybody loves Umbraco - Except Chuck Norris” t-shirt. Unfortunately, the LBi crew did not get chosen.
The rest of the afternoon consisted of an open mic session with presentations from Adam Shallcross, Chris Houston and Gregory Roekens. We finished off the serious part of the day with an open Q&A session with Niels, Doug and Gregory on the panel.
Then the fun began. We headed to the Vibe Bar just across the road at Brick Lane and, despite the rain, we discussed the joys of open source, XSLT, projects that we all deliver on time and on budget and much much more…
A big thank you to Marcus McDonnell, LBi Office Services Manager, for ensuring that everything went smooth; to Darren Fergusson, for his enthusiasm and hard work promoting the event; and to the speakers and participants.