Wow what a conference! Codegarden was 3 full days of
sessions, hacking, collaboration and just all round fun. We
enjoyed Codegarden so much that we have decided to keep the special
going! Which means you are still able to get the Umbraco
Level 1 & 2 Package at the special rate of NZD$3000 which is an
overall NZD$700 saving. For more information and to
register click here.
For those that didn't make it to Codegarden heres what it was
Day 1 was the MVC Boot camp lead by Jon Galloway (Microsoft),
Simone Chiaretta (ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider and author of Beginning
ASP.NET MVC on Wrox) and Steven Sanderson (Microsoft MVP, author of
Pro ASP.NET MVC). There were 2 streams. A Beginner and
an advanced stream. I personally have not done all that much
with MVC so decided to go on the beginner stream which was lead by
Jon Galloway. It was really great and I learnt a
bunch. I super excited to MVC in action in the next
version of Umbraco (V5) which is in development already.
That evening the Umbraco HQ treated the conference attendees to
an Midsummer party on the canals. We floated our way around
the Copenhagen canals taking in the atmosphere and watching the
locals burn effigies of witches. Was a great night had by all
and thankfully no one fell in.
Days 2 and 3 followed on from the format of previous
years. This year started with a session presented
by Alexander Kjerulf -
Chief Happiness Officer on Happiness at work. It was awesome
as it got the crowd interacting and happy. View a short video here.
(quality is low as it was shot on my iPhone.)
The keynote followed presented by Umbraco founder Niels Hartvig
and Umbraco HQs Per Ploug Hansen and was full of news regarding the
community, growth and the success of the previous year but most
importantly were the two releases. One was the release of the our.umbraco.org update.
This is a significant upgrade to the community site bringing in
many of the most requested features. Our is the hub that
connects the Umbraco development community and has proven to be one
of the most important tools for developers. The other
release was version 4.5 which although a point release on the
Umbraco framework is major in the fact that so much optimisation
work and new features were added such as Examine, Linq2Umbraco, new
tree, new datatypes, and an all-round system tune up.
The session for the rest of the day covered topics such as
Search with Examine presented by Shannon Deminick from TheFARM Digital
Sydney, crowd sourcing via Facebook put together by the guys from
SkyBurd A/S, TDD with Umbraco
presented by Aaron Powell from TheFARM Digital Sydney, I've
downloaded Umbraco what now? presented by Bob Baty-barr, ARR &
the Rave Engine which was a session run by Tommy Messbauer the lead
developer of ASP.Net, Importing content presented by Richard Soeteman, Design
Contour forms with Tim Geyssens of the Umbraco HQ to name the few
that I managed to get to see part of.
That evening we played the always popular
Umbraco Bingo. Ole Erling
provided the accompaniment and the Umbracos did the Bingo
calling. It was strange evening with Umbracos
pausing the proceedings to say "Bring in the Horns!" as a Danish
Horn band marched through the venue and out the door again.
Weird but in the spirit of the evening was awesome. Prizes
presented included a Umbraco door mat, an Umbraco biker vest
delivered by a biker, and the grand prize was a framed canvas
of the core team.
Photo: Douglas Robar
Day 3 was the open space sessions. This was a time for all
conference attendees to get involved and give them an opportunity
to contribute. Sessions ran all day on all sorts of subjects
including Training & Certification, the Umbraco Core Values,
the Hackathon where they built a new datatype from scratch,
Snapshot which is a upcoming project by TheFARM Digital allowing
the export of a fully working databaseless ASP.Net site. (more info
on www.farmcode.org) and much
Day 3 ended with the package and skin contests. The
winning package was the datatype built by Shannon Deminick during
the Hackathon and the winning skin was a tribute to GeoCities built
Codegarden is a key event on the Umbraco calendar. I look
forward to attending again next year and encourage those from
Australasia that if you can make it you should.