I’ve finally completed my screen-cast “jump start” demonstration of the Orchard CMS. The four part series can be viewed on youtube:
- Orchard CMS Jump Start Part 1
- Orchard CMS Jump Start Part 2
- Orchard CMS Jump Start Part 3
- Orchard CMS Jump Start Part 4
I made these videos for two reasons. First, it is somewhat a sales-pitch for the work place. You know, try to get your employer hooked! Second, I wanted to give back to the community; I saw a need for a mid-level overview for technical types new to Orchard. After watching these videos, the uninitiated should quickly be able to understand most any subsequent documentation they encounter.
Speaking of which, I want to take this time to indicate what I think are the best pieces of documentation available for Orchard. Obviously the Orchard site official documentation is a primary place to get started. However, for technical types, there are two other sources that I can’t recommend highly enough:
- Orchard Extensibility: An MSDN article that introduces the modular architecture of Orchard. Particularly useful if you already have an ASP.NET MVC background.
- Writing an Orchard Webshop Module from Scratch: This incredible 15 part series is an absolute must read. Perhaps the best way to become an Orchard developer over-night.
After watching my screencasts, be sure to immerse yourself in the above links. And speaking of my screencasts…
The Good, the Bad, and the Funny.
Funny: Sometime after I made the material for part 1, I noticed that my demo restaurant “Cowboy Ciao,” was misspelled. It is a real restaurant, which I highly recommend, in downtown Scottsdale. But the demo incorrectly captured its name as “Cowbory Ciao.” I keep picturing Jackie Chan helping me with pronunciation. I quietly fixed this typo in the later videos. Adding insult to injury, I stated in the video that it is in downtown Phoenix, rather than Scottsdale. I hope I don’t get sued for being geographically challenged.
Bad: My videos are based on Orchard 1.3.10, and I released them precisely when Orchard 1.4.0 was released. DOH! The good news is that I don’t believe 1.4.0 changed anything about what I had demonstrated in the videos.
Good: Another coincidence. I demonstrated how to use rule-tokens in the context of comments notification, and at the same time Bertrand blogged comment related tokens in greater depth. A nice one-two punch.
Good: While I was making the demo for comment notification rules, I found a bug which the Orchard team dispatched effortlessly. Orchard 1.4.0 was given the fix just before its release date, and I think 1.3.10 may have been given it as well.
Ok, enough talk. Get thee to youtube, watch my videos, and get to know Orchard!