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After a short break from the weekly Community Corner, I'm really happy to introduce you to the latest member to contribute to this blog. 

Before we welcome the newest member, I'd like to give you a bit of information about the direction I plan to take the Community Corner over the coming weeks and months. 
I would still like to introduce a new person to the Umbraco Community on a weekly basis, but obviously, this isn't always going to be possible - unless a lot of people come forward all of a sudden. 

The original plan was to introduce new people to the Umbraco Community. People who have only been working with Umbraco for the past year, however, I had a thought about this. Some people may have been working with Umbraco for years but are new to the community side of things. So, with this in mind, I'm opening up the Community Corner to anyone who would like to be more involved in the community. Whether it's a developer, a project manager, an editor, a content writer, a meetup organiser, anyone! 

The only requirement is that you are wanting to introduce yourself to this fab Umbraco Community! Simple! 

Our newest member to the community might be known by someone, but maybe not so much by others. He was nominated for a feature by Ravi Motha

Enough of my rambling on - it's now time to introduce Andrew Hawken to the Community Corner! 

Andrew Hawken

Andrew Hawken

Director, Technical Lead etc. Fifty Eggs Ltd

How long have you been using Umbraco?
Since V5 (cough)

Twitter handle if you have one:

Short introduction about you.
e.g. Hobbies, where do you work, anything you'd like to share.

I've enjoyed programming since starting out with the Basic programming cartridge on an Atari 2600 in 1979! Somehow it became a career. Away from the screen I enjoy motor racing - I used to race a Caterham, but these days just go along to watch.

I run Fifty Eggs full time, we work as a small agency, with two of us covering a handful of clients, most of whom have been with us around a decade.

What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
I tend to build things that aren't websites. The two recent projects I've had was a company training/document management system that captured all their internal reference material, and made it available offline : Publish events pushed the content to a CouchDb, which then syncs to a PouchDB in a PWA, with everything working offline including search.

Another project acts as a hub for product specification. It takes product details from various manufacturers, (each product type is created by the client as a DocType) and the system allows them to export product in the right format for each retailer. This is called Setup Management.

Why are you using Umbraco?
I use umbraco because it is so extensible. There is so much available out of the box, but if what you want isn't there, you can find it in a package, or create it yourself. Its a shortcut to a solid UI, and an un-opinionated public website.

When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?
A great and helpful bunch of people, easy to talk to, with great meetups on multiple continents!

What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?
Actually, something I'd like to see less of - fragmentation. At the moment the "online community" is split over Our, Slack (which I've yet to try), Stack Overflow and possibly other places. Its harder these days to know where to get help on day to day queries.

If there was one question you'd like to ask the Umbraco Community, what would it be?
Where's the best place to get help? Is it still Our? Do I need to try Slack?

Is there anything you found difficult when you first started using Umbraco?
Actually very little. Other than making my first commercial project in V5. Oh well...

What you're favourite album to listen to?
When working, anything by Rodrigo y Gabriela provides a great mix of energy and focus. But favourite album? I can't even name a favourite genre! It changes with mood.

Anything else you'd like to say?
I feel a bit of a fraud appearing here - I've been attending the London meetups for a few years, been to the UK Fest a few times, and did my first CodeGarden this year, so I'm not a stranger to the Umbraco community.

About the author



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! 

He is also a GitKraken ambassador and helps look after the website.

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