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Some of you may have seen mine or Lee K's tweet about the Umbraco-Community GitHub organisation and the move of the awesome-umbraco list that Lee used to host/own under his own personal GitHub account.
Whats the point of this?
For me personally, starting the GitHub organisation https://github.com/umbraco-community
Is to help encourage community collaboration and use the shared & powerful collective knowledge of the wider Umbraco community, to build the best packages for us all to use.
I would rather us all work together to build THE BEST Google Maps property editor, rather than have many implementations. If we can all collaboratively work together when we have similar ideas, then we can achieve the best in breed.
I decided to move my own Analytics package into the community organisation that I built for Umbraco V7, as I felt uncomfortable owning under my own account, as it has received a lot of love & PRs from the wider community.
With version 8 of Umbraco on the horizon, I wanted to try and see if I could collaborate with other package developers who have created Analytics packages for V7 and see if we can collectively use the best ideas from each of our packages to create THE BEST Analytics package.
For example PieMan from Nathan W, has per node/page analytics where the original package I created gave a wider overview in it's own section/application. If we were to work together we could have an awesome Analytics Content App for per page analytics in conjunction with a section/application to give a wider overview.
I am sure there are many more examples of this scenario, where one or more package developers could join forces.
Even though I work at the HQ, I created this organisation/initiative with the help of Lee K as an unbiased user, where I was once a long long long time ago an active hacker/developer in the Umbraco Package Developer community, so I have the best interests at heart.
But how will this work?
That I do not have all the answers for this and I need the help of the community to offer solutions and ideas on how certain logistics & processes may be implemented to ensure this idea survives and does not fizzle out quickly.
Like Rocky, lets give each other excited hugs & cheer each other on and make this Umbraco Community idea work!
A great initiative.
Feels to me like an analytics app is a sensible place to start for a community-driven project, since it's much less niche than some of the alternatives. Also has a super solid starting point in Warren's package, which would make it pretty straightforward to merge stuff from mine (for example).
Absolutely agree it makes little sense to have multiple versions of such a fundamental tool.
Great move and initiative Warren! Fingers crossed for making it an amazing community repository of packages, best practises, learning materials and more... #H5YR!
Liking the sound of this! Another great one would be 301s with 301 Url Tracker and Skyburd.Redirects been the two popular ones.
Will be a good way of getting more people into packages etc as well.
Speaking of, yet another redirect tool was released today: https://our.umbraco.com/packages/website-utilities/umbraco-url-re-writer/
And at my company, we have had poor experiences with some out in the wild, so we built our own. OK, we built like 3 of our own (not released to the wild).
The redirect package situation could definitely use some love. In this particular case, I'd like to see the one built into the core become more capable, but since that doesn't seem to be happening a community tool would be welcome.
I have had a chat with Seb and he has pointed me in the direction for adding some more functionality to the core offering. So Ill hopefully get to it.
Wonder if there would be any appetite to decouple the core 301 functionality and ship it as a default package (it's not already, is it?).
Could then cherry pick the best features and implementations from the other packages and have one GOD VERSION shipping with every install. If it was only updatable with an Umbraco release, wouldn't add any extra effort with respect to updating...
We're looking to set-up a Community Projects Team - in a similar vein to how The Documentation Curators and PR team work.
If you're interested in getting involved, we're looking for a few people who are energetic about the Umbraco package ecosystem and have ideas on ways that we can (collectively) improve it.
We'd ask if you could commit to joining an online meeting once a fortnight.
These could also be opened up to package developers to discuss specific topics or share insights.
If you'd like to apply, use this form: https://goo.gl/forms/XAZzn4uKCuVKOsi22
If I just had some free time left..
I'll just tell my wife that it's fashionable to not mow the lawn anymore.
Thanks to all who have signed-up so far... I'll get back to you early next week. (Like I say, we're still figuring out logistics.)
I'll be watching this with great interest. Great work everyone!
I've not built a package, yet, but will be seeing if I can help in any small way I can.
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