Project Lifecycle

Velir Field Suite Module

October 24, 2012

I'm catching the talk on the field suite module presented by Tim Braga from Velir. I'm all about anything that improves the default set of fields provided out of the box from Sitecore. He was Also good enough to post the field suite module to the shared source modules.      

Using the Powershell With Sitecore

October 24, 2012

Sitecore and the powershell is a talk I've been looking forward to for a while. I'm a one man team so my life revolves around automation. The thought of being able to streamline my process and shave time off the labor intensive tasks that I engage in regularly, easily keeps my attention.     

Keynote With Gary Vaynerchuk

October 24, 2012

I'm back at it at Sitecore Symposium day 3 in the keynote session with Gary Vaynerchuk. Still a little groggy from last night at Haze tearing it up with all the die hard Sitecore employees, partners and clients.     

Gary opened with a joke about how few people at the conference knew who he was despite his large twitter following. He followed up with a brief history of his innate business prowess leading into how he methodically approaches business and sales. His skill isn't just in taking advantage of the bleeding edge of technological innovation to increase sales through focused customer engagement, but also in having an impressive sense of humor.     

Sitecore Multiple Site Solutions

October 23, 2012

Multiple-site solutions are one facet of the Sitecore ecosystem that I'm intimately familiar with so I'm really looking forward to see how other developers have solved the problems that tend to crop up.    

The talk began by focusing on problems that multiple sites produce such as user/group management, deployment problems across multiple regions and disparate code management.    

Sitecore Mobile Framework

October 23, 2012

Sitecore's "ultra cool mobile framework" will prove to be a defining moment in their ability to surf the frenzy that is the internet. With an exploding population of netizens hailing from their mobile devices those who can't adapt will undoubtedly pay for it with less engaged, more frustrated users dropping off. Developing a mobile strategy can be a difficult task but Sitecore looks to be poised to help developers handle that task.    

Enhancing Lucene Search

October 23, 2012

So I'm attending the "Enhancing search for Lucene" because I've been using Lucene lightly for years but haven't had the time to fully vet it for more mainstream use. I love it for its speed and flexibility but I have lingering questions about the memory/cpu costs while rebuilding large indexes on production servers. Overall I just want to get a feel about how other people are using it and any pitfalls they've run into.    

Sitecore Brightcove Connector

October 23, 2012

I'm extremely excited about the number of people who are in attendance for the Brightcove Sitecore connector. This was as you may or may not know a labor of love for me since it's built off of my open source library Sukiyoshi on Google Code

Agency Oasis did add a number of features into the original connector such as automated system syncs, video sublayouts, patch configuration file, the analytical tracking for player events, tighter process queue control, the lucene search fields and the use of snippets instead of web controls.

Developer Keynote

October 23, 2012

The developer keynote was kicked off with the venerable Lars Nielsen whose presence implies Sitecore has been able to maintain its brain trust through it's explosive growth over recent years.

Sitecore Keynote

October 23, 2012

Immediate: Relevant: Predictive. That's where Sitecore is taking us this year. The demo of the well known Nikam fake product website was telling of how they're looking towards a more integrated toolset. Sitecore isn't selling their product as a standalone utility, but more of a tool that helps you integrate your increasingly growing end points to help you draw a more complete image of your entity. 

Sitecore Symposium Kickoff

October 23, 2012

I'm at Sitecore Symposium in sunny Las Vegas and I'm going to be writing a series of articles covering the developer track that I'm attending. I'll be trying to live blog where I can.

So far I've met a lot of great people starting with the New England Sitecore user group that filled the plane I was on to get here. There's also a lot of great partners like Oasis, where I originally cut my teeth, and Velir. There's also a lot of great tech companies in attendance like Brightcove who is obiously near and dear to my heart.

It's Sitecore's largest most energetic showing. There's also a record number of people in attendance. All in all the event should be a standout for not only the developers who already love the platform but especially for the clients who are coalescing around Sitecore to power their growing web strategies.