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Orchard 1.2 Released

Version 1.2 of Orchard is now officially available.

You can find the download and release notes here:

http://orchard.codeplex.com/releases/view/65184

This release is mainly about bug fixes and performance improvements, but it is also introducing a couple of nice features.

Creation date is now the date that we use for everything in the front-end, which should bring more consistency. That date can now be made editable on your content types by modifying the settings of the Common part.

Shapes are now much easier to use from the debugger thanks to our new debugger visualizers (available in full trust only).

For a list of bugs fixes that this release brings, please go to http://orchard.codeplex.com/workitem/list/advanced and leave everything to “All” except for the Release that should be set to “Orchard 1.2”.

Migration instructions can be found on this page: http://orchardproject.net/docs/Upgrading-a-site-to-a-new-version-of-Orchard.ashx. This page will soon be updated with a new set of instructions for Azure and in-place upgrades but the instructions found there should work for most of you.

Localization (available from http://orchardproject.net/localize) is not yet updated for 1.2 but will be soon.

Many thanks for supporting Orchard and for building a great community!

Orchard CMS 1.1 Ships

The Orchard Team just  shipped 1.1, and received great coverage in Scott Guthrie’s Mix keynote, Brad M’s talk HERE .

New Orchard release is here:

http://orchard.codeplex.com/releases/view/59918

Upgrade instructions can be found here:

http://orchardproject.net/docs/Upgrading-a-site-to-a-new-version-of-Orchard.ashx

What’s new?

Orchard 1.1 fixes bugs and addresses common feedback from the prior 1.0 release, and also adds the following new features:

  • New design for the administration interface, and several usability workflow improvements.
  • Setup recipes: at setup, you have a choice between three installation profiles. It is possible to create your own.
  • Module recipes: modules can specify a set of recipe actions to optionally perform when installing, such as downloading and installing dependencies.
  • Improved module and theme installation workflow.
  • Improved widget and layer management.
  • Improved list management.
  • A new media picker dialog on the rich editor for uploading, inserting, and browsing media items.
  • Improved MSDeploy packaging and deployment from Visual Studio.

Available in the Orchard Gallery for 1.1:

· Import/Export: transfer metadata, data, and settings between sites.

· Designer Tools: New “shape tracing” feature allows you to inspect the rendering of your site to customize and override templates and placement. URL-based alternates are now supported for targeting template overrides at specific URLs.

· Warmup: Improves site response times in shared hosting environments.

Are you using Orchard on a public site  ? Post the URL in the comments.

Get in the Game–Orchard New Module Content !

Orchard V1 launched six weeks ago and we are already seeing heightened interest in the project:  the downloads of Orchard.Web.zip from orchard.codeplex.com are over 24k, we’ve got about 100 module and theme extensions submitted to the new orchard gallery, and the discussion forums are buzzing with activity.

However Orchard being the newest CMS out there needs lots more modules to help make it grow and become a viable choice for many. There are tons of cool things that still need to be built and everyone likes to win cool stuff so to that end I’d like to invite you to enter the Orchard Module Challenge –put your MVC 3 skills to work to build modules that tens or even hundreds of thousands of others will come to rely upon to build their websites.

Round 1 ends on March 15, 2011 so now is the time to get in.

About the Orchard Module Challenge

You can find the official rules and entry requirements on the Orchard Module Challenge website.  The contest will be run in two rounds, and is pretty straightforward:

1) In Round 1, you’ll submit an idea for a module (name, description) on the contest site, build your module and submit it to the gallery, and then update your contest entry to point to the ID of the module you’d like to submit for judging (we’ll take the most recent submission at the close of Round 1, on March 15, 2011).  Your module will be evaluated based on usefulness to Orchard community and how well it takes advantage of (or extends) the Orchard platform. 

2) The top modules submitted in Round 1 will advance to Round 2, which extends through April 1, 2011.  In Round 2, you’ll be given a hosting account you can use to build a website that demonstrates your module to its fullest.  When Round 2 closes for judging, the top 3 modules and websites will be selected as winning entries. 

We’ve got some great prizes to give away for this competition, and the winning entries will be announced at the Mix ’11 conference (April 12-14, 2011). 

Let the games begin!

Check out 4 new Joomla Extensions for Microsoft Technologies.

Bing Maps extension (http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/bingmaps/):
With this extension, Joomla! users can easily include customized Bing Maps into the content they are publishing, and administrator can preconfigure how the map should look, and where it can be added.
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Silverlight Pivot viewer extension (http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/pivotviewer/):
With this extension Joomla! users can visually navigate with the Silverlight Pivot viewer through large amount of data. Administrators define what is the data source using a set of preconfigured options like OData, RSS, media files, etc, .

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Windows Live ID extensions(http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/windowsliveid/):
With this extension Joomla! users can associate their Joomla! account to their Windows Live ID, and then to login on Joomla! with Windows Live ID.
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OData extension (http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/odata/):
With this extension Joomla! administrator can provide users with quick access to any OData source, like the Netflix catalog (check the list of live OData services), and let them include these in any content type (such as articles). The generic extension includes a basic OData query builder and renders data in a simple HTML Table.

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These extensions are developed and contributed by Schakra and MindTree, with funding provided by Microsoft.

Enter the Orchard Module Challenge

The official “release” of Orchard was a few weeks ago and there have already been about 20,000 downloads from orchard.codeplex.com

About 100 module and theme extensions have been submitted to the orchard gallery, and the discussion forums are very buzy.

Back in October Microsoft announced the “Orchard Challenge” Imagine Cup competition for building Orchard modules, which runs through April 27, 2011.  This contest is aimed at students only, so how about something for the rest of us ?

Enter the Orchard Module Challenge

You can find the official rules and entry requirements on the Orchard Module Challenge website

The contest will be run in two rounds, and is pretty straightforward:

1) In Round 1, you’ll submit an idea for a module (name, description) on the contest site, build your module and submit it to the gallery, and then update your contest entry to point to the ID of the module you’d like to submit for judging (we’ll take the most recent submission at the close of Round 1, on March 15, 2011).  Your module will be evaluated based on usefulness to Orchard community and how well it takes advantage of (or extends) the Orchard platform. 

2) The top modules submitted in Round 1 will advance to Round 2, which extends through April 1, 2011.  In Round 2, you’ll be given a hosting account you can use to build a website that demonstrates your module to its fullest.  When Round 2 closes for judging, the top 3 modules and websites will be selected as winning entries. 

There are some great prizes for winners of this competition, and the winning entries will be announced at the Mix ’11 conference (April 12-14, 2011).

Ok – GO FOR IT !

Drupal 7 and New Support for Microsoft Technologies

Drupal 7 was released recently with a vast number of interesting changes and new features.

Today Microsoft is announcing a collection of support for interop with Microsoft Technologies.

  • Install with WPI
  • MSQ Server
  • Windows Azure
  • Bing Maps
  • Live ID
  • OData
  • Silverlight Pivot Viewer

Check out some release info [ HERE ] and [ HERE ]

Orchard 1.0 – We’re ready for production !

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If you’re like me you’ve been waiting with anticipation for this Orchard 1.0  !

Well, we’re LIVE.

The primary differences between 0.8 and 1.0 is bug fixes but the milestone is that we’re production ready so we can starting building sites, modules, and themes with confidence.

Get the RTW version [ HERE ]

… and if you build a Module of Theme, make sure you let me know so I can blog about it !!

Podcast #2 – Orchard Project 0.8

Microsoft Orchard is an exciting new CMS – Application Development Platform from Microsoft. It’s free, flexible and powerful.

As Orchard approaches V1 release Joe catches up with the driving forces behind the project!

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Orchard Project 0.8 released–it’s time to dig in.

The Orchard Team has been hard at work and has just released 0.8.

This is an exciting milestone because it means that both the extensibility and theming infrastructures are now in place.

That means we can start building on Orchard and expect minimal changes when Orchard goes v1.

From Bradley Millington’s announcement……

The Orchard Project team is pleased to announce the availability of the Orchard 0.8 release, which provides essential features that designers need to tailor the look-and-feel of Orchard sites. The release can be downloaded from http://www.orchardproject.net/download

The Orchard 0.8 release includes a theme engine based on the new Razor syntax in ASP.NET MVC, which is an extensible object model for defining “shapes”, as well as a flexible template system for rendering those shapes. The theme engine includes support for multiple layouts and zones, a script and style sheet registration API, and more. It also includes a new default theme, “The Theme Machine”, which leverages these features and can be adapted to fit the needs of different site designs.

As if a Theme Machine isn’t cool enough, the 0.8 release also includes support for widgets – in this case, configurable UI elements, such as a tag cloud or search input, which can be easily mapped to different regions in the site (for example, a sidebar). The configuration of individual widgets and the rules about where they appear in the site are configurable from the Orchard admin panel.

For designers, this offers the flexibility to either brand individual sites or create reusable themes to be shared with others. Orchard 0.8 also includes support for packaging themes and publishing them to an online gallery feed where other users can discover and download them.

Download the updated version HERE !!!

http://www.orchardproject.net/

Exploring Orchard’s Content Types

The Orchard Project Beta (www.OrchardProject.net) was announced some time ago and I’ve been working with it since.

One of the special challenges in building a framework that can be used as a “Content Management System” is that WHAT content the end user will manage can’t really be known at development time.

Orchard takes a flexible approach to solving this problem by supporting both user defined content types as well as user defined “field” types”.

Here is a very basic walkthrough. As I continue to explore the Orchard Project I’ll blog more advanced usage of these features (bike extending custom field types.)

To get started we have to enable “Orchard Content Types’ in our Orchard installation.

If you have not already set up an instance or the Orchard project, there are detailed instructions on doing so here>

http://orchardproject.net/docs/Installing-Orchard.ashx

Once you are set up and running, go to your site and log in with the administrator account you set up during installation.

Click on the admin link and select “Features” in the Site Configuration section of the main admin menu to get to the features admin section shown below.

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In the “Orchard Content Types” box, click “Enable”.

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Now that Orchard Content Types are enabled, click in the “Manage Content Types” administration link in the Content section of the admin menu.

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Note that we can create new content TYPES or we can manage “Content PARTS”.

Content “Types” aggregate “Content Parts”.

If you click the “Content Parts” link you can see the parts that are defined by default.

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We could create a custom part with some UI specifics ….

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We could also create custom “fields” for use in our content types.

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To create a custom content type go back to the “Manage Content Types” and add a new one.

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After pressing “Create” I have a content type named “Presenters”.

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The custom content type is created using fields and / or parts.

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Above I add a “Custom Field” called “Years at Microsoft”.

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Then I select the “Parts” that I want to include in this content type.

When I click save, the UI shows me the parts that have been added to my custom type and adds a “Create” item to the admin menu for the custom type that I just created.

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If I click on that link I can create an instance of my custom type.

Note that I have a title, a “routable field” etc because I specified these parts as components of my custom type.

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Once I’ve added an instance of my custom type that instance is part of my Orchard Web Site.

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This quick walk through is a VERY simple introduction to Orchard Content types but hopefully you can get a feel for how powerful and flexible the user definable content type system is.

The more I work with Orchard, the more excited I get about it. I hope your install it and have a test drive yourself.

New RSS or ATOM feed for the Orchard Project !

You can now subscribe to the blog aggregation feed from the www.orchardproject.net home page in your favorite feed reader:

http://orchardproject.net/blogs/atom

http://orchardproject.net/blogs/rss