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Upgrading Tridion 2013 to 2013 sp1 is a fairly simple process.  However, an issue exists in the installer and if you don’t take the following step, the upgrade installer will fail with a mysterious message.

This tip is thanks to Pankaj Guar

Rename the C:\Program Files (x86)\Tridion\config\Tridion.ContentManager.config to  \Tridion.ContentManager.config2013GA

Run the upgrade script Tridion 2013 SP1\Content Manager\SDLTridion2013SP1CM.exe

And…it works!

Then after the upgrade merge any custom settings in the file, such as Event System config, GUI Extensions, or Razor Meditator.

This is much faster and better than uninstalling 2013 GA and installing 2013 sp1.

 

Are you manually setting up a Tridion Deployer and using a guide such as Nuno’s excellent post titled Manually configuring a Tridion 2011 .NET Content Deployer Instance? Is it working? If so, move on, this article is not for you. If not, or you would like to learn how to troubleshoot a Deployer to publish to the Broker Database – read on.

Deployer debugging overview

The Deployer can run as a Windows service or a Website. In this article I discuss the option to run it as a website. I prefer this option as it allows me to run multiple Deployers on 1 machine and I also feel I have more control over it. Read Nuno’s post above for details about how to setup a manual Deployer. I’m going to highlight a way to debug the Deployer and describe one tiny issue that costs me hours of frustration.

I’m using IIS and in the end of the article I have my file setup. Notice I have a logs folder in there. The location of this folder is configured in the logback.xml file. Snippet from logback.xml:

  <property name="log.pattern" value="%date %-5level %logger{0} - %message%n"/>
    <property name="log.history" value="7"/>
    <property name="log.folder" value="c:/tridion/deployer-Broker/log"/>
    <property name="log.level" value="Info"/>
    <property name="log.encoding" value="UTF-8"/>

This tells my Deployer to put the logs for it (and not for anything else) in the log folder. This is not the default setting and I do suggest you change it to a specific folder per Deployer. After changing any config file we need to restart the Deployer. This can be done by recycling the App Pool or simply doing an ‘iisreset’ if you’re on your own local dev machine.

The other thing to notice is my license file is in the config folder. And here was my fatal mistake – my license file was called ‘cd_license.xml’ and Tridion assumes it is called ‘cd_licenses.xml’ or I can manually put the name in on the bottom of the cd_storage_conf.xml config file. Big thanks to Mihai Cădariu for Yet Another Tridion answer that saved me time and my sanity.

The solution

Tridion uses Filesystem bindings (and not the DB ones in the config file you specified) as a fallback and default when it cannot find or load the cd_licenses.xml file. It logs this in the cd_core.log file and not the cd_deployer.log file. In fact, the cd_deployer.log file looks normal and doesn’t give us any clues it’s using the fallback Filesystem Deployer due to a license issue.

Summary

Tridion deployment is at the heart of every Tridion implementation. Setting up and configuring a Deployer is a task often done by Developers on a new system, such as my Azure Tridion 2013 SP1 instance (Medium instance, SQL Server 2012 instance type, runs great!). Following Nuno’s guide we can quickly get one setup. However, debugging it and finding small problems is sometimes not so easy. I hope this small tip helps show some insight into one potential issue and how to solve it.

Directory: C:\tridion\deployer-Broker

Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
----                -------------     ------ ----
d----         3/17/2014   3:12 PM            bin
d----         3/17/2014  10:20 AM            log
-a---         3/17/2014   3:13 PM          0 dir.txt
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM        121 HTTPUpload.aspx                                                           

    Directory: C:\tridion\deployer-Broker\bin

Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
----                -------------     ------ ----
d----         3/17/2014   8:55 AM            config
d----         3/17/2014   3:12 PM            lib
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     172032 netrtsn.dll
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      22528 Tridion.ContentDelivery.Configuration.dll
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     114688 Tridion.ContentDelivery.dll
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM    1323008 Tridion.ContentDelivery.Interop.dll
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM    1149952 xmogrt.dll                                                                

    Directory: C:\tridion\deployer-Broker\bin\config

Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
----                -------------     ------ ----
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM       8057 cd_deployer_conf.xml
-a---          3/6/2014   4:57 PM       3896 cd_license.xml
-a---         3/17/2014   3:00 PM      18233 cd_storage_conf.xml
-a---         3/17/2014   8:58 AM       4552 logback.xml                                                               

    Directory: C:\tridion\deployer-Broker\bin\lib

Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
----                -------------     ------ ----
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      62983 activation.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     445288 antlr.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM       4467 aopalliance.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      68851 cd_ambient.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     261870 cd_broker.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      71286 cd_cache.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     288893 cd_core.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     577390 cd_datalayer.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     153291 cd_deployer.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     125330 cd_dynamic.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      30301 cd_linking.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     231515 cd_model.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     115099 cd_tcdl.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     154957 cd_undo.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      82881 cd_wai.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      16130 cd_wrapper.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     575389 commons-collections.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     160519 commons-dbcp.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      96203 commons-pool.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     313898 dom4j.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      38643 easylicense.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM    2189117 guava.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      81271 hibernate-commons-annotations.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM    4253629 hibernate-core.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     475305 hibernate-entitymanager.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     102661 hibernate-jpa-2.0-api.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     648253 javassist.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      89967 jaxb-api.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     867801 jaxb-impl.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      60768 jboss-logging.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      11209 jboss-transaction-api_1.1_spec.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      17308 jcl-over-slf4j.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      19146 jdbcpool.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      51484 json-smart.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     246709 logback-classic.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     327911 logback-core.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     278281 serializer.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      25962 slf4j-api.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     331474 spring-aop.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      53079 spring-asm.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     589253 spring-beans.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     106819 spring-context-support.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     829601 spring-context.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     442400 spring-core.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     176283 spring-expression.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     401762 spring-jdbc.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     378235 spring-orm.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM     246036 spring-tx.jar
-a---         2/17/2012  11:45 AM     584207 sqljdbc4.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM      23346 stax-api.jar
-a---        11/10/2013   9:29 PM    3176148 xalan.jar                                                                 

    Directory: C:\tridion\deployer-Broker\log

Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
----                -------------     ------ ----
-a---         3/17/2014   2:56 PM    1284686 cd_core.2014-03-17.log
-a---         3/17/2014   2:56 PM     394916 cd_deployer.2014-03-17.log
-a---         3/17/2014   2:56 PM       3442 cd_monitor.2014-03-17.log
-a---         3/17/2014  10:20 AM          0 cd_preview.2014-03-17.log
-a---         3/17/2014   2:56 PM      14790 cd_transport.2014-03-17.log

I changed the port # my Tridion CMS uses for the backend GUI then received the following error:

Unable to connect to remote server error

at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetRequestStream(TransportContext&amp; context) at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetRequestStream() at System.ServiceModel.Channels.HttpOutput.WebRequestHttpOutput.GetOutputStream()

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Tridion uses the WCF-based Core Service to retrieve items from the GUI. To solve the issue follow the steps in this post which describes how to change the WCF port number in the web.config

Today I installed Tridion 2013 SP1 using my MVP Tridion license with 1 named user.  The first time I loaded the UI I received this message:  “Can not continue due to license violation. The number of named users in your system (1) exceeds the limit specified in the license: 1.”

This is a known issue and to solve it you can download hotfix 87411 from this link after logging into TridionWorld  download  https://www.sdltridionworld.com/images/CM_2013.1.0.87500_tcm89-21270.zip   Special thanks to Raimond Kempees for the information about this hotfix.

I am using a Windows 2012 SQL Server server instance on Windows Azure.  The location where the Tridion.ContentManager.dll file needs to be copied is different than the readme.  The location is C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Tridion.ContentManager\v4.0_7.1.0.1290__360aac4d3354074b

I removed the old DLL and put the new one in, started my Tridion services and CMS website up and was ready to rock and roll.

Now it’s time to get my Blueprint created, starting with my Empty Master!

 

Today the best and quickest way to get an answer to your Tridion question is at the Tridion StackExchange site. StackOverflow was created in 2008 and shortly after in 2009 they opened up the platform for other topics to have their own Q&A site.

In 2009 the only place for having Tridion questions answered was the password-protected Tridion forum. Created in 2001 the forum was a great place for asking and answering questions in the small but active Tridion community. However, over time it got a little slow and more difficult to find answers to questions. It was also only open to those who had a login from Tridion Customer Support.

Realizing the potential of StackExchange to help power the active Tridion community, Dave Houlker proposed the Tridion StackExchange forum in 2011 and info about it can be found here.  As of March, 2014 it boasts the following statistics:

  • 643 visits a day
  • 4.6 questions a day
  • 98% answered
  • 834 total users, 153 avid users

It’s possible to configure StackOverflow to send us an email when a new question arrives.  Some people keep the Tridion StackExchange site open in a tab (and the # of new questions shows immediately), however, I prefer to use the email method.  Over the Christmas holidays I disabled all my auto-emailing scripts and until now have not had it enabled.  I noticed I visited the site a lot less, and also answered a lot less questions.  Enabling the email trigger is not so straight forward and here I want to describe how to set it.

  1. Select edit, Advanced from the Favorite Tag menu
  2. Configure the tag subscription

I have the website send me an email 15 minutes with the new questions and this helps me to answer faster and also keep up to speed on topics related to Tridion.

I am a big fan of automation and the email filter was the best way to stay on top of the forum and also answer more questions (= more points).  However, recently it got disabled and as a result I stopped visiting so frequently and also my points started to lag.

I hope you enjoy this tip.  I also like to automate the opening of my timesheet (and other routine tasks) and previously wrote an article about automating Firefox to open at the same time every day to my timesheet site.

Good luck with automating these tasks to make them painless.

Tridion Developer Summit

Posted by Robert Curlette on February 26th, 2014, in Tridion - (0 Comments)

The first Tridion Developer Summit will be held on 15 May in Amsterdam at the Undercurrent. We have 8 sponsors, more than 15 speakers and expect around 100 developers to attend. It’s less than 80 days before the event starts and I thought I would give some info and background about the event and how the ideas came together.

The idea for the summit started last year around the time of the Tridion MVP summit in October. I thought it would be great to have a lot of Tridion developers in one place, for us to share our ideas and experiences together. To create a unique and fun experience for everyone. I wanted to have it in October, but realized there was not enough time to organize it and instead arranged a Tridion reunion for my former colleagues and I to meet and share some drinks.

After the successful reunion I had more confidence about organizing an event and I decided to explore the idea of a Tridion Programming conference. I discussed the idea with Quirijn Slings, Ron Grisnich, Nuno Linhares, Dominic Cronin, and Minko Scheltinga. We all agreed it was a great idea and we got started on the planning. After a short while I was knee-deep in venue options, dates, schedules and speakers. I needed to decide on a place and a date, and quickly, because many places were booked for months or years in advance. After much discussion with many places and dates, but without much luck, Minko and Quirijn suggested an area in Amsterdam North filled with old warehouses and artist studios. Here we found our ideal venue – big, authentic, ‘urban chic’ and right on the water – actually, the venue is floating on the water. And, the manager of the venue called me right away and seemed to really understand the unique experience I was hoping to create for the conference. To top it off, we can arrive by boat in the morning and depart by boat in the evening. The next step was the agenda and sponsors.

I contacted several Tridion developers and asked if they would like to give a talk at the Summit. They all replied with an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’. This is one of the things I love about the Tridion community – it is small, but filled with great individuals that really like to participate and help others. With the speaker list and agenda starting to take shape I contacted several Tridion partners to ask for sponsorship – and just like the speakers – everyone was very positive and most agreed to sponsor. Although it is an independent event, SDL immediately offered their support and we’ll have the Friday workshops at the SDL offices and also have the SDL film crew with us on the event day. From SDL I am happy to have the help of Nuno Linhares, Ericka Marquez and Jeff Hora. Check the sponsors page to see our great sponsors. With the venue, speakers and sponsors in place I was left to find a name for the conference and also get the website up.

The name Tridion Developer Summit is a wordplay on the old ‘TDS’ object we would often use in the templates to get objects from the system. Originally TDS stood for ‘Tridion Dialog Server’ and was the name of the product when I joined Tridion in 2000.

Ron Grisnich of Trivident took the lead for the Facebook page and before I knew it he had it set up and also tweeted the event.

For the website I decided to use an existing Event theme from WordPress instead of designing and developing the event site from scratch. After all, there is a lot of time and effort needed in all the things to organize the event itself, and I decided not to spend time programming the event website.

Hendrik Beenker from Indivirtual contacted me right away and asked if I needed any design help for the site. I said I would like help with the logo. He understood the requirements and very soon I heard that Robin Bes, a senior visual designer at Indivirtual, was available to help us. After a couple of iterations we decided on the current Tridion Developer Summit logo, and I can say I am very happy with the results. He managed to incorporate the SDL logo, old Tridion boomerang, and also it appears as a mountain, or summit. Well done!

And that takes me to where we are today. We’re fine tuning the schedule, have a great list of speakers and are still looking for few more sponsors to help us make the event a big success.

We are planning to arrive at the venue in the morning by boat from central Amsterdam to dock at the venue, but we also have 600 parking spots for those by car. We’ll have a prize giveaway at the end, based on some trivia questions. We’re also planning the pre-event evening (most likely a boat ride through Amsterdam) and Tahzoo offered to sponsor the drinks after the event. And, who knows, maybe some live music from the Tridion community as well.

Thanks a lot to everyone so far for your support. I am really excited about the event and looking forward to an amazing day. Follow us on twitter @TridionSummit and also on our facebook page. You can register on the Tridion Developer Summit website if you would like to participate in the Tridion Developer Summit 2014.

Update 17 June, 2014:

The event was a big success!  See these links below:

Read later list 2013

Posted by Robert Curlette on December 28th, 2013, in Lifehacking - (0 Comments)

Sometimes our best advice comes from within – things we know but aren’t aware of.  I have a list of ‘interesting articles’ I emailed to myself in 2013, to finish the year with a look back and also gather inspiration for 2014.  I hope you find them as interesting as I did this year.  Do you have interesting articles?  Please share in the comments.  Thanks and enjoy!

SDL Tridion

SDL Tridion ADF:  Managing Scope and Context

SDL Tridion Context Engine: What’s the context?

Future, present and history of CMSs as told by CMS expert Deane Barker

Tridion PowerShell scripts

Tridion Experience Manager Infrastructure Video

 

ServiceStack

I love the ServiceStack framework – it is a super efficient way to build Web Services, parse JSON, and interact with a database.  Most of my GUI Extensions use the ServiceStack library and I would suggest you to have a look in 2014 if you haven’t yet.

ServiceStack talk from creator Demis Bellot  (and by the way, ServiceStack v4 is now offering a paid license with official support and includes 1,192 changed files with 18,325 additions and 29,505 deletions – adding support for the latest .Net frameworks and improving the OrmLite library.  The free ServiceStack V3 is still available as open source here)

ServiceStack:  Under the covers with profiling (free video on YouTube)

ServiceStack with DotNetRocks

ServiceStack:   Recommended API Structure

SignalR and ServiceStack

 

SignalR

SignalR allows us to glue disparate systems and let them talk to each other through broadcasted events.  This allowed me to show messages in the Tridion MessageCenter GUI (JS) from distant C# code in the Tridion Event System or a Custom Resolver.  It’s now officially part of ASP.NET and is a very interesting technology.

Official site

SignalR 1.0 Rc2 (now on V2)

SignalR:  Handling Lifetime events

Using SignalR with Tridion (shameless plug)

 

Bret Victor

Genius.

Bret Victor:  Genius of our time

Bret Victor:  Inventing on Principle (Video – excellent)

Bret Victor – Global Game Jam 2013 Keynote

Bret Victor:  Stop drawing dead fish (Video)

 

Software Quality

Great perspectives from software veterans on the quality of software today.

Software Development As a Cooperative Game

Are we there yet?  Rich Hickey on OOP, massive parallelism and concurrency of the future

 Simple Made Easy:  Talk from Rich Hickey (creator of Clojure)

 Clojure Web Framework

 

.Net

Simultaneous Editing for Visual Studio with the free MultiEdit extension

.NET MVC 4:  Asynchronous Controller

.NET MVC 4:  Content topics overview

.NET:  Elmah and MiniProfiler

.NET:  Async Channel 9 Video

.NET:  MVC Solution Best Practices Video on Channel 9

Fix File Encoding issues in Visual Studio

Loading .Net User Controls with Ajax

Six Essential Language Agnostic Programming Books

.NET, HTML5 and Mobile Web:  Talk by Scott Hanselman

Azure:  Moving Images to Azure CDN

.NET MVC 5:  Getting started

ScriptCS

Crocodoc with .Net

Nested Queries in .NET EF

 

Alt.Net

Alternative solutions for the .Net platform.  I have a good feeling that F# is the future and our OO code today will look like Cobol in the future.

Stop Writing REST APIs

Redis on Windows

Rethink DB

Rethink DB .NET Driver

Thinking Functionally with F#

F# REPL

MonkeySquare Conference Videos on Vimeo

 

Screencast

15 places to find great screencasts

Screencasting Tips and Best Practices

 

Git and Package Management

Git Internals PDF

Git support in VS 2012

Chocolately Packages

 

NoSql and NodeJs

Introduction to NoSQL by Martin Fowler

Art of NodeJS

 The MEAN Stack

 

Lifehacking

This is how I work:  Zach Frechette

Hanselman’s Newsletter of Wonderful Things

Startup video talk with 37 Signals DHH and Jason 

Course:  Learning Creative Learning

 

AngularJS

Angular JS:  Design decisions

AngularJS and Grunt (Video)

AngularJS:  Where to start

AngularJS Sublime Package

Sublime Editor Web Inspector:  Debug JavaScript in Editor

Thinking in AngularJS from a jQuery background

 Chrome Dev Tools Tips

Foundation 4 HTML Template

Simple Collaborative Web Pages

 

Corona SDK

Game programming framework that uses LUA to write code and compiles to Android and iPhone.  Also, Free!

Corona SDK:  10 Tips

Corona SDK and Physics Engine

RSS and JSON with Corona SDK

 

Random

 Google Reader Alternative:  Yoleo

 Thoughts on Go after writing 3 websites

Free icons for games

100 things

For Kids:  How to train your robot

Linx Straw Toy

Seafile:  Dropbox alternative

Evernote Skitch

Learning foreign language with Language Hunters approach

Raspberry Pi Projects – Best of 2012

Raspberry Pi add-ons

 

Productivity and improvement

99u is amazing.  Every week I read something from them that inspires me to improve the quality of my work or my life.  Follow them on twitter @99u.

Holman:  Positive Feedback

How Stress Can Change the Size of Our Brains and What We Can Do to Lower it 

 99u: Every day get a small win that matters

Increasing long term happiness

Zach Holman:  Product is the by-product

37Signals DHH Podcast Interview:  How to make a dent in the universe

Why Perfection Kills Creativity

 Starting your first podcast

Inbox zero for Life

Remote Work and Quality of Life

Tips and Tricks to look better in Photos

Done is better than perfect

Offset Design Conference Videos

 99u:  Secret to feeling energized at work – Autonomy!

Office design for the future (Herman Miller)

99u Book:  Maximize your potential

10 Tricks to make yourself a gmail master 

Hanselman’s 2014 Developer tool list

4 Questions for preventing information overload

GUI Extension Installer

Posted by Robert Curlette on December 11th, 2013, in GUI Extension - (1 Comments)

The GUI Extension installer does everything on the CMS to install and register a Tridion GUI Extension, saving you time and letting you try out new GUI Extensions easier and quicker.  The idea was started at the Tridion MVP retreat and then I continued working on the installer after the retreat.  Special thanks to Dominic Cronin for sharing some PowerShell secrets to help me get started.

Run the installer at the PowerShell command line like this:

InstallExtension.ps1 ExtensionName.zip
  • Creates a Virtual Directory in IIS
  • Copies the GUI Extension files to the correct folder on the CMS Server
  • Updates the Tridion System.config with references to the GUI Extension

Try it out – a good sample extension to install is the Copy URI extension here:  https://github.com/rcurlette/CopyUri  Download the extension and you will have a CopyUri-master.zip file.  Then open PowerShell and type:

InstallExtension.ps1 CopyUri-master.zip

The file structure is important and should follow this structure:

  • /Editor/Configuration/editor.config
  • /Model/Configuration/model.config
  • /dlls

Source code

Have fun and please leave feedback!

The Tridion MVP retreat is hosted by SDL to honor those who share the most with the community throughout the year. I was lucky enough to be part of this group for my efforts in 2012.

One thing not known by many first-timers like myself is that the event is full of surprises. In this short post I will reveal some of the surprises that were in store for us during the 3 days.

Surprise 1:  Take your laptops with you to breakfast.  What?!

Turns out that after our 1 hour bus ride and for some people a 15 hour flight we would not have the luxury to relax, check in to our rooms, and get comfortable.  After a delicious breakfast buffet we headed straight to our working quarters – a large meeting room with a glass wall overlooking the beautiful valley and swimming pool.  The wireless, projector, and places were all arranged and waiting for us.  Nuno started off with an inspirational talk about how successful we were at sharing last year (hundreds of blog posts between the 20 of us) and also shared some secrets about the next version of Tridion and where the product is heading.

After his talk we had 1 hour to form teams, think of what idea we will finish programming within 2 days and launch it to the community as open source.  I joined the GUI Extension team and we decided to extend the Schema Edit screen and created the Field Behavior Injector to allow other field attributes, based on some previous code by Jaime Santos.  Bart Koopman has a nice article here about it.

Surprise 2:  Quickest way to the castle is by horse

Several of us gathered around the lobby wondering what surprise waited for us next.  We weren’t asked to bring laptops, so no surprise work awaited.  Hearing jingling bells in the distance we were all surprised when some horses and carriages appeared and this was our transportation to dinner – in the ancient castle at the top of the hill!

Surprise 3:  The local drink of Obidos is made from Cherries

Before dinner we were lucky to enjoy some drinks in the lobby and sampled some of the local digestive made from cherries – it was delicious, but a bit too sweet for a pre-dinner drink.  The bartender was very good and offered us local port and also his own Martini recipe.  Saturday we would take a trip to the local factory that produces this delicious drink – and who would have guessed that the quickest way is by off-road 4×4 vehicles driving through the Portugese countryside?

Surprise 4:  MVPs are a musical troupe

In the evenings we were surprised to learn that Quirijn Slings is a Ukelele master and has a slew of songs in his repertoire and Dominic Cronin plays a mean Harmonica.  Once the music started playing various MVPs showed off their musical talents and we had many sing-a-longs to share more with the local community.

Surprise 5:  It’s all about sharing

As soon as we started programming we also started discussing how to share what we were making.  Bart Koopman blogged about using Resource strings in GUI Extensions and John Winter wrote the first post about what our teams were building – while we were still building it.  Alvin Reyes had our Google Code site up and running with an introduction and overview immediately – preparing the location for our code the next day.  And I dug into building a GUI Extensions installer with Powershell that creates the required files, folders, IIS Settings, and config file updates.

Surprise 6:  We start everyday at 9:00 sharp in the meeting room

Despite the food and beverages consumed the previous night we were all expected to be present at the meeting room at 9:00 to begin the next days’ hacking session.  Surprisingly, it took little effort or time for us all to get sunk into hacking code and soon a strange intensity was building up in the room, and before we knew it we were making great progress on our new projects.

Surprise 7:  Your drinks are being served by the local Mayor

Our last dinner was held at an incredible local eco restaurant where they have created everything from local and sustainable materials.  It is owned by the local Mayor and he was on hand to serve drinks and invite us to taste his local specialties!  They were very delicious and he was a great host.

Surprise 8:  It’s over!

After 3 intense days we were already saying goodbyes and pushing each other to share more so we will see everyone again next year.  But, I have a feeling some of us won’t be there next year and also that some new faces might join the musical troupe to create some new songs to carry us through the night.

 

 

The Tridion GUI is powered by JavaScript while the backend is powered by .Net and sending a (nice) message from .Net to the GUI has been very challenging – until now. Using SignalR, an open-source product from Microsoft, it is possible to show or ‘echo’ the message from the .Net Event System, Templates or Customer Resolvers and show them in the GUI. Check out the tutorial that Will Price and I wrote published on SDL Tridion World to find out how to implement this yourself. Special thanks to SDL’s Bart Koopman for helping get the article online and embracing the GitHub Gist embed for source code.

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