Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
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This week's newest member to the Community Corner has been using Umbraco for around 6 months and is lucky enough to be heading to CodeCabin this year. Ladies and Gents, boys and girls, please give a massive Umbraco welcome to......
Name: Jamie Townsend
Occupation: Managing Director / Developer
How long have you been using Umbraco? Around 6 Months
Twitter handle if you have one: @JamieTownsend
Introduce yourself to the Umbraco Community:
My name is Jamie, I am a married 33 year old father of one with a baby on the way!! C# developer by trade, running my own one-man band IT company as a contract developer / consultant.
I’ve been in the trade since around age 16, first learning HTML and Classic ASP then moving onto WebForms and then moved over to MVC.
I would say I am a bit of jack of all trades, being a one-man band I get to do a bit of everything.
What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
Currently rebuilding my own project website into Umbraco, it’s a football score predictor website with links to third party API’s to get current football scores and to update the website. Also working with a client clearing their backlog of client tasks.
Why are you using Umbraco?
It’s something I wanted to do for a long time, but every time I tried, I failed because of one reason to another, mostly because of the time needing to invest to learn how things work. Then more clients requested help with Umbraco so I decided to take the plunge and do the Training courses. I am now a Certified Master 😊
When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?
Well, I would say it’s all a bit overwhelming. I’ve had help from people on the Forums, Slack, Twitter and Cloud support. Everyone is super friendly. I think it could be a little clearer where someone needs to go to find the best support possible, on my travels - I’ve seen people ask questions all over the place and sometimes can be hard to know where to go, slack, forums, twitter, gitter etc – perhaps a page somewhere that breaks it down would be good. For me, I kind of just stumbled across each platform rather than following guidance.
What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?
Helping to clear up/clarify Legacy stuff! As a newb I’ve spent a great deal of time looking about for answers or guides, the Umbraco docs have been brilliant and there are so many good blog posts, however most of the time I found myself in a scenario of getting the answer I need but using old versions of Umbraco and then struggling to work it out.
If there was one question you'd like to ask the Umbraco Community, what would it be?
Any reading materials you would suggest? Also can I have some stickers 😝
Is there anything you found difficult when you first started using Umbraco?
Thankfully I had Umbraco training before really trying Umbraco out so I had a good starting place I would say.
But I think the setting up cloud projects in VS could be improved. I watched the TV episodes and a few guides but was always a bit of a puzzle figuring out which way to do things, especially when setting up from scratch and also setting up other peoples projects later on.
Anything else you'd like to say?
No idea what it means, but #H5YR
(Owain then sends an email to Jamie to explain the question.)
The only thing else I can think of for the final section is that I am going to CodeCabin this year, so if anyone has any advise to please share!