ASP.NET MVP, Orchard Core Contributor

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  • Orchard Core Beta

    We are really proud to announce that the first version of Orchard Core has been released in Beta.

    What is Orchard Core and Orchard Core CMS?

    Orchard Core is a Modular and Extensible Application Framework developped on the .NET Core ecosystem.
    It allows you to create Multi tenant SaaS applications and host multiple sites with only one instance.
    Orchard Core CMS is a full featured Content Management System that provides many useful modules.
    With it, you can easily enable existing features or add your own modules to extend your application.

    What features are available?

    These features are available out of the box:

    • Nuget Packages: Add reference in your application to Orchard Core Nuget packages.
    • Performance: Handle many requests per second by default and even more with Response Cache.
    • Portable : You can develop and deploy on multiple platforms : Windows, Mac and Linux.
    • Deployment: Import/Export the data and the structure of your site with deployment plans.
    • Setup: Use different recipes to setup your site with initial features and content types using configurable steps and dynamic parameters. 
    • Storage: YesSQL allows you to store your contents in SQL Server, SQLite, MySQL or PostgreSQL as if it was a document database.

    Many other modules can allow you to create a CMS:

    • Create your Content Types adding out of the box predefined Parts and Fields.
    • Customize your site using Themes with ASP.NET Razor or Liquid syntax files.
    • Define different Zones on the site and add Widgets anywhere in your pages.
    • Declare Templates in admin that overrides the rendering of your content types.
    • Edit your content with Wysiwyg or Mardown editors that can use Liquid filters.
    • Get a Live Preview of your content in separate window while editing it from the admin.
    • Manage the Users, Roles and Permissions to give access to the Admin dashboard pages.
    • Manage your Assets and Media folders, upload files and add link to dynamically resized pictures.
    • Organize your Contents and navigate in the site: Lists, Menus, Taxonomies, Urls, ...
    • Search: Index your data and Query them in Sql or Lucene using Liquid syntax.

    What is the current Status?

    Orchard Core is currently in Beta. See the Roadmap for more details. 
    This is an Open Source project so everyone can contribute and help in many ways to make it grows.

    How do I get started?

    Create an application using Orchard Core is as easy as adding a Nuget package reference to your ASP.NET Core project and configure two lines in the startup.cs file.
    You can have a running instance in less than 5 minutes following this tutorial.

    Useful links:

    GitHub repository : https://github.com/OrchardCMS/OrchardCore
    Gitter chat room : https://gitter.im/OrchardCMS/OrchardCore
    Orchard Project site : http://orchardproject.net
    Orchard Core documentation : http://orchardcore.readthedocs.io

  • Orchard Harvest Conference 2017: Day 2

    This Wednesday February 22nd was the second day of the Orchard Harvest conference 2017 in New York.

    We attended to many interesting sessions about Orchard Core and .NET Core.

     

    Theming in Orchard Core

    Steve Taylor (Avastec)

    Steve walked through how to create a theme in Orchard Core. He took an existing Wordpress theme and converted it to Orchard.

    He also demonstrated how to build client side assets using the existing tooling and how this tooling can be extended to accommodate more advanced scenarios.

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    Present and future of Localization in Orchard

    Benedek Farkas (Lombiq)

    Benedek gave a sneak peek on the existing features available in Orchard CMS to handle Localization and Translations.

    You can retrieve the localization files here http://orchardproject.net/localization and contribute to the translations on https://crowdin.com/project/orchard-cms

    BenedekFarkas

     

    Building JavaScript-based apps and components for Orchard websites

    Daniel Stolt (IDeliverable)

    In this session, Daniel demonstrated techniques, tips and tricks for building client-side apps and components for use in Orchard websites.

    He also described some ways to make your client-side apps available as content in Orchard for editors and site admins to use, how to make content and configuration from Orchard available in your apps client-side, and how to make Orchard's server-side routing and client-side routing play nice together.

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    YesSql

    Sébastien Ros (Microsoft)

    During the lunch, Sebastien took some time to make a side session about YesSql, the .NET Document database interface used in Orchard Core to store json objects, create documents and query map/reduce indexes.

    https://github.com/sebastienros/yessql

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    What's up with .NET Core 2.0 and C# 7?

    Bertrand Le Roy (Microsoft)

    Bertrand made a quick refresher course on .NET Core 1 and C# 6 and then showed the latest features and talked about what may come after with .NET Standard 2.0 and C# 7.

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    Orchard Core CMS

    Sébastien Ros (Microsoft)

    Sébastien described the goals and the major changes of Orchard Core and made a demo about the main features already available in Ochard Core CMS as Setup, Content publishing, Lists, Fields, Live Preview, Layers, Menus, Flow, Widgets, Recipes, ....

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    The most important feature of Orchard Core is Performance.

    Making a quick stress test, Orchard Core is able to return 2,000 requests per second, without caching enabled.

    The memory usage and the number of tenants you can load will also be improved (500 tenants => 2Gb). 

     

    https://github.com/OrchardCMS/Orchard2

     

    Panel, Q&A

    Sipke Schoorstra, Daniel Stolt, Zoltán Lehóczky

    Finally, the main contributors answered to the questions of the attendees about the Orchard project.

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  • Orchard Harvest Conference 2017: Day 1

    This Tuesday February 22th was the first day of the Orchard Harvest conference 2017 in New York.

    We had the pleasure to attend to many interesting sessions about Orchard CMS, Web sites uses case, Performance enhancements, ASP.NET Core MVC 2.0, modular SAAS development with Orchard Core.

     

    Keynote

    Sebastien Ros (Microsoft)

    Sebastien started this day by a keynote, introducing the organization of the event and talking about attendees and speakers.

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    Using external data with Orchard

    Jorge Agraz (OneStop Internet)

    During this session, Jorge explained how Onestop has used their external commerce data and Orchard’s Content Management system to make their product data display like any other Orchard content.

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    When Output Cache Just Isn't Enough

    Chris Payne and Daniel Stolt (IDeliverable)

    In this session Chris and Daniel created a website and came across several simple and common performance problems that the built-in output cache in Orchard cannot solve.

    Their IDeliverable.Donuts module is available here:

    www.ideliverable.com/products/premium-orchard-modules/ideliverable-donuts

    IDeliverable

     

    What's new in ASP.NET MVC Core 2.0

    N. Taylor Mullen (Microsoft)

    Taylor gave us an overview about the upcoming new features that will be available in ASP.NET Core 2.0 like Razor Pages.

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    Scaling Orchard

    Rob King (Bede Gaming)

    Rob explained how Bede Gaming is using Orchard CMS to build a multi-tenant solution that serves millions of transactions per day, in a multi-node Azure environment.

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    What is Orchard Core SaaS Framework?

    Nicholas Mayne

    Nick made multiple demos showing how to use the framework used in Orchard Core to create a modular SAAS application.

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  • Orchard Harvest Conference 2017

    Please join us for our next Orchard Harvest Conference 2017.

    February 21 - 22, 2017 (Tuesday - Wednesday)

    The event will be held in New York, USA at the TKP New York Conference Center.

    2 Days of Community, Networking, Speakers, and Social Activities

    We are very excited about this event and look forward to welcoming members of the Orchard Project open source community from across North America as well as from around the globe.

    For more information about the event, please visit the Orchard Harvest Conference 2017 website.

  • Orchard documentation migration

    The documentation of the Orchard project is a community effort and an open source initiative.

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    The Orchard team decided from the very beginning to use Markdown files to manage the documentation pages and to publish the source code on GitHub  so that people can contribute providing pull requests.

    Recently, the documentation has been migrated to MkDocs in order to be hosted easily on ReadTheDocs.

    The benefits are almost the same than previously :

    • Any changes on the repository will automatically be deployed after a commit/push thanks to a WebHook.
    • You just have to know the Markdown syntax to edit the files.


    Some new features convinced us to switch to ReadTheDocs :

    • The files are statically generated, so the display is pretty fast.
    • The search inspects an index file to allow to find the terms you are looking for.
    • The template is made in Jinja2 (http://jinja.pocoo.org/) which is easy to integrate.
    • The design is responsive so the pages are well displayed on smaller screens.
    • We can specify which branches we want to build, which will allow to keep an history of previous versions.


    If you want to discuss with the team, you can reach us on the Gitter chat dedicated to the Orchard documentation.

  • Orchard Harvest 2015 Panel session

    This week, I had the chance to attend the Orchard Harvest conference 2015 in Alicante, Spain.

     

    If you want to know more, I posted an article to summarize all the sessions (with links to Bertrand Leroy ‘s live blogging articles he made during the conference.)

    http://antoinegriffard.com/orchard-harvest-2015-summary

     

    The last session was a panel and the attendees could ask questions to some of the Orchard committee members  :

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    Bertrand Leroy, Zoltán Lehóczky, Sébastien Ros

     

    Here are some of the questions :

    Will there be an Orchard 1.10 after 1.9.2?

    Yes. The 1.9.2 version of Orchard will be released soon.

    There are already ideas for features that could be implemented in a 1.10 version (deployment, …)

     

    What about the Gallery of modules?

    The SSL Certificate has expired a few weeks ago. DotNetFoundation helped to buy a new one. It should be fixed soon.

    The gallery almost didn’t have any improvement in 5 years.

    We want to make some improvements like adding link to repository or manage the versions compatibility in a better way.

    Sebastien is working on it (he already has a solution and database in which he has been able to import all the modules and owners informations).

     

    Will discussion forums remain on CodePlex?

    Since we migrated on GitHub, it stayed on CodePlex because GitHub doesn’t really have a way to discuss or ask questions.

    We are considering Discourse as a replacement but we need to find how to export the existing threads.

    DotNetFoundation could help us to achieve this goal.

     

    What is the Orchard Local ambassadors initiative?

    Zoltán talked about Orchard ambassadors which are people who are willing to bring help and support near them, in their local area.

     

    How can we improve Localization?

    The localizations are available on this site : https://crowdin.com/project/orchard-cms

    You can translate them in your language.

    We could support in a near future the localization of technical values like Type or Field names.

     

    How can I monetize one of my module?

    The gallery doesn’t provide this kind of feature and it is not planned.

    A solution is to use the Orchard market site in which you can add your module and can sell it.

     

    How can we improve Documentation?

    Same anwser as each year : OrchardDoc is an open source repository. You can participate and add some content.

    Besides, we have to find a way to reorganize the index.

    Some other open source project tend to use another solution. Ex: the ASP.NET team is now using ReadTheDocs to generate the ASP.NET 5 documentation

     

    Will Multi Sites be supported?

    Multi tenant sites are existing.

    We don’t plan to create a feature that allow the sites to share informations between them.

     

    A few remarks from Sebastien :

    If you want to chat with Orchard developers, you can use Gitter.

    If you want to organize local Meetup or event, DotNetFoundation can help (providing stickers, sponsoring, ...)

     

    Will their be more people contributing to Orchard from Microsoft?

    As you may know, The Orchard has been started at Microsoft by a team of developers and then progressively became an open source project and is now a community project.

    An important point is that many teams and sites are using Orchard at Microsoft and some features have been developed for such sites and then included in the modules.

     

    The Microsoft effort to help the project could become more important if Orchard allows to bring many sites in Azure.

    Which leads to the final question ...

     

    What are the plans for Orchard 2.0?

    Nicholas Mayne has started the Orchard VNext : https://github.com/orchardcms/brochard

    It will of course be built on ASP.NET 5 so it will be a whole new project.

    We need to make design talks about the architecture.

     

    If you have other questions, feel free to post or comment.

    You can also join us to our weekly steering committee meeting each Tuesday 12:00 PST and each Thursday for our bug triage meeting : http://orchardproject.net/meeting (Lync room)

  • Orchard Harvest Conference 2015

    Please join us for our next Orchard Harvest Conference 2015.

    October 05 - 06, 2015 (Monday - Tuesday)

    The event will be held in Alicante, Spain at the Melia Hotel.

    2 Days of Community, Networking, Speakers, and Social Activities

    We are very excited about this event and look forward to welcoming members of the Orchard Project open source community. 

    For more information about the event, please visit the Orchard Harvest Conference 2015 website.

  • Orchard Harvest 2014 - Day 3

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    Orchard 2.0 Vision + Q&A

    Speaker: Sébastien Ros

    This session was about the future of Orchard. We discussed about the next major version.

    The most wanted enhancements are on Data Access, Theming, Caching, Content management and Environment.

    The ASP.NET vNext has amazing new features (Roslyn, Performance, Portability).

    Developing with ASP.NET vNext

    Speaker: N. Taylor Mullen

    Taylor is a developer in the ASP.NET team and is currently working on ASP.NET vNext.

    He made some very interesting demos with a new ASP.NET vNext application explaining how to add dependencies, retrieve configuration, specify routing, add controller and view component.

    Halo Waypoint Case Study

    Speaker: Bing Huan Chio – 343 Industries

    Bing is in charge of the Halo Waypoint blog (https://blogs.halowaypoint.com) and explained how they use Orchard as a Backend to edit the blog posts and expose theme through a REST API.

    Many other people from the Halo team attended this session.

    Building an Orchard SaaS - DotNest

    Speakers: Benedek Farkas, Zoltan LehoczkyLombiq

    The results of the Orchard Harvest challenge were announced:

    1. MiniProfiler by Daniel Dabrowski
    2. Inline Editing by Matías Molleja
    3. Dynamic Forms by Cybage Software Pvt. Ltd.

    Then, the Lombiq guys made a demo of a template module using the Liquid markup syntax.

    They also presented their SAAS solution to host Orchard instances easily : https://dotnest.com/.

    Closing Session - Interactive Breakout Sessions

    The attendees worked in small teams on various subjects:

    • Orchard for Beginners
    • Documentation improvements
    • Need help?
    • Create a module
    • Charts module
  • Orchard Harvest 2014 – Day 2

    On the second day of the Orchard Harvest, we had the chance to attend great sessions with awesome speakers.

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    Angular JS + ASP.NET

    Speaker : Damian Edwards

    The Program Manager at Microsoft on the http://ASP.NET team presented the future of SPA applications.

    The https://github.com/aspnet/MusicStore developed with ASP.NET vNext uses AngularJS, Jquery, Bootstrap, LESS, TypeScript, Grunt, Bower, …

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    From Boostrap to Orchard in 20 minutes

    Speaker : Sébastien Ros

    Sébastien demoed how to build a theme TheBootstrapMachine similar to the one used by weblogs.asp.net.

    It just took him 45 minutes (Slides included Winking smile).


    Workflows + Jobs API

    Speaker  : Sipke Schoorstra

    Sipke (Ideliverable) made a demo on an approval content workflow.

    Many steps (mail, timer, jobs, …) composed this huge workflow.


    Case Study: AMC Theaters

    Speakers : Travis Maddox, Adam Anderson - AMC Theatres

    2 developers of https://www.amctheatres.com/ exposed the architecture of their solution and the steps to adopt Orchard as a powerful CMS.

    This web sites has 30 millions page views / month.


    Introduction to ASP.NET vNext

    Speakers : Eilon Lipton (Principal Development Manager), Scott Hunter (Principal Group Program Manager)

    Scott talked about the vision of http://www.asp.net/vnext and the future of .NET.

    Eilon made some impressive demos with Visual Studio 14 and the new asp.net vNext web application.

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    Orchard - What's Next

    Speaker : Sébastien Ros

    The next version should integrate new modules and enhancements like :

    Audit trail, Deployment, Rest API, OData, Localization, Dynamic layout, …

    The Orchard project site and the gallery will also have a redesign.


    Panel - A Conversation with Core Contributors Followed by Q&A

    Speakers : Bertrand Leroy, Piotr Szmyd, Sipke Schoorstra and Sébastien Ros.

    The members of the steering committee answered questions about the future of the project.

  • Conference Orchard Harvest 2014 in Redmond–Day 1

    This year, the 3rd conference Orchard Harvest has been organized in Redmond on the Microsoft campus on June 9th-11th.

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    Keynote: The State of Orchard

    Speakers : Ylan Kunstler - Bertrand Leroy

    Bertrand gave us a little idea of the state of the project.

    Orchard has released 20 versions in the last 5 years.

    666k downloads on Codeplex, 6.1 modules downloads on the gallery.

    92k messages on the Codeplex forum, 3000 questions on Stack Overflow

     

    High Density Hosting with Orchard on Azure

    Speakers : Sebastien Ros

    Sebastien talked about the migration of the 750 blogs of http://weblogs.asp.net/ on Azure in a single Orchard instance.

    The cost to host all of these blogs is just 350$/month.

    See Jon Galloway’s article for more details.

     

    Themes, Layouts and Slideshows - Onestop

    Speakers : Jorge Agraz, Eric Perez – OneStop

    They are one of the early adopter of Orchard.

    40+ of their websites are using Orchard and they develop module to build their own ecommerce solution.

    A public repository is available to retrieve some of the modules they share with the community.

     

    Proligence, Projects, and Open Source

    Speaker : Piotr Szmyd (CTO)

    Piotr listed 3 modules that Proligence share as Open Source projects.

    A testing framework for Orchard, a WCF library, and a PowerShell integration of Orchard.

     

    Created by Hellocomputer - Built with Orchard

    Speaker : Samuel Goldenbaum

    Samuel showed some web sites built with Orchard using web api and Backbonejs:

    http://toyota.co.za/, http://www.visitjamaica.com/, http://www.fcb.com/

    An Ipad app has also been created using Orchard as backend.

     

    Azure Media Services

    Speakers : Ross Gardler, Roopali Kaujalgi - Microsoft Open Technologies

    The Azure Media Services module enables you to connect to WAMS, upload your assets, encode and play the videos.

    It has been integrated in the core modules.

     

    The Future of Widgets

    Speaker : Steve Taylor

    Steve made a little history of web components and how to bind templates in javascript.

    He made a demo with Polymer.js (http://www.polymer-project.org/) to consume the youtube api and display and search videos.