Tridion Developer Summit 2015

In September I was fortunate enough to attend the 2015 Tridion Developer Summit in Amsterdam. It was great to get out of the office and spend some real time with the other Content Bloomers to meet so many new people who are working with Tridion. We also got to see lots of the cool stuff that is coming in Web 8 and some really interesting things that people are doing with Tridion right now. There is so much to remember and this post is just a glimpse of some of the highlights.

Amsterdam airport has Tesla Model S taxis!

Amsterdam airport has Tesla Model S taxis!

I flew over to Amsterdam a day early to attend Alex Klock and Tanner Brine’s Alchemy workshop. Lots of interesting questions, quips and suggestions made by so many people with plenty of experience and real-world insight.

Tanner, Nick and Jon on the Ferry to the Eye

Day one of TDS and a little worse for wear. Tanner, Nick and Jon on the Ferry to the Eye.

Day one of the summit opened with a cool little video by Robert Curlette followed by a keynote presentation of SDL Web 8 by Nuno Linhares.

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There’s some great new stuff coming in Web 8 that will make life so much easier for Tridion (SDL Web) implementors and users. My particular favourites are the ability to move items around the blueprint model and the site creation wizard. Oh, and free development licenses too!

Nuno presenting the SDL Web 8 site builder wizard. It worked after some teething problems as is the way with demos.

Bart Koopman presented lots of new stuff for DXA 1.1 and the roadmap for the future of the project.

Bart Koopman presented lots of new stuff for DXA 1.1 and the roadmap for the future of the project.

On the evening of the first day we were all carted off to Pllek for food and entertainment, a live band playing some funky funk as well as a 2015 rendition of this. I have to say it’s an odd experience being shepherded into a shipping contained on an industrial estate. It’s fair to say we all had a good night and held out to the last, I think we may have been amongst the last to leave.

The entrance to Pllek

The entrance to Pllek

An early start on the second day and Tanner, Alex and I left the rest of the CBers sleeping on the houseboat we rented for the week as it departed the mooring.

The accommodation floating away from its moorings

The accommodation floating off with a sleeping team CB.

Day two started with a presentation of Alchemy and the great “build a GUI extension in 5 minutes” party piece by Tanner and Alex. Then the live launch of DD4T 2.0 by Quirijn Slings.

Tanner and Alex presenting Alchemy

Tanner and Alex presenting Alchemy

 

Quirijn Slings

Quirijn Slings launches DD4T 2.0

And Finally Will Price, with a broken voice, and Jan Horsman showed how they built a SmartTarget web service for JavaScript rendering of personalised SmartTarget content on a cached website. I can see this being picked up a lot in the future.

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Will Price demoing SmartTarget on cached content

Will Price demoing SmartTarget on cached content

There is so much more that I’ve missed or skipped over and it was a great couple of days. The future is definitely bright for SDL Web and events like this really help to keep momentum in the community which has created and shared so much amazing work and knowledge.

Thanks to Robert Curlette for all the hard work he put in to organising the summit. It can’t be easy but it’s so valuable. Thanks to all the presenters and attendees for being there and sharing the cool stuff they’ve been doing and thanks to Content Bloom HQ for letting me bunk off work to hang around the Eye and eat cake in Amsterdam for three days 🙂

 

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