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Welcome to the community corner MVP edition Dennis Adolfi. Dennis isn't on twitter and so missed my original series of blogs but I didn't want to miss him. I really appreciate Dennis getting in touch and answering my question.  

Thanks for getting in touch Dennis. #h5yr

Dennis Adolfi

Job Title: System Developer

MVP Status:
How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?

I’ve actually written a blogpost a few years ago for 24 days in Umbraco answering this exact question, so instead of me repeating it, go check it out!

How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?

I’ve been working with Umbraco for the past eight years and the community is obviously a big part of why I still am. The love and the warmth that this community showed me when I was new to the world of Umbraco was amazing and it’s something I try to remember whenever I’m helping someone today. How it feels being new and asking an “obvious” question, being afraid to sound “stupid” and how much it means to someone if you just put yourself in their shoes and give them a warm and friendly welcoming.

Have you been to Codegarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?

I love CodeGarden, been there twice. Amazing vibe, insights and ideas being shared between fellow Umbracians over great food, coffee and drinks, what’s not to love?

How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?

The first time back in 2016 came as a complete surprise and I probably didn’t believe it at first. I’d been really active on the forum that year but becoming an MVP was not something I was expecting. This year 2020 was different because I knew I had put in a lot of contributions (Core, Documentation, Blogging etc.) and knew I was probably going to be a good candidate. So not as surprised as the first time, but equally happy and grateful of course.

Has being awarded the MVP made you look at things differently / has it changed anything in your day to day life e.g. asked to do more Umbraco talks? Asked more Umbraco questions at your workplace?

I’ve always been the Umbraco guru at work, with or without the MVP title. Being awarded MVP twice is something I’m very proud of but I don’t think it has changed much in how I see things or my day to day life. It’s just nice to remind myself with sometimes when I’m having a rough day.

If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?

Always have the Umbraco source code open next to the project you’re working on. It’s a great way to quickly check how a certain API or Service is working under the hood but also if you find a bug or an improvement it’s much easier to fix it straight away and submit a pull request. It’s true as they say: if you find a bug then you are probably the most suited person to fix it.

Tell us about 1 of your most favourite things whether it's a band, a colour, a bit of software you couldn't live without, an item of clothing, a book, anything but tell us why you love it so much.

My Kindle. I read a lot of books, like a lot on them, and in the past I used to have a lot of paper books laying around which was not very environmental but also not practical in terms of storage. With my Kindle I can carry around hundreds of books in my pocket and read pretty much wherever I am. It’s really nice to read on, weights nothing and the ebooks are usually much better priced than the paper version.
Highly recommend!

What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?

I’ve always enjoyed being the first one at the office so I usually start my days really early in the morning. From there I can slowly light the place up, put on some chill music and prepare some coffee before I start my day.

After that my workdays are quite undramatic and probably not very different from other developers. Meetings, stand-ups, coding, chatting with coworkers and playing FIFA on the lunch break. At Creuna, stress is taken very serious and everyone knows that developers usually performs their best when they are relaxed and not interrupted too much so I usually get to focus most of my time and energy on my craft which is just the way I like it. It’s a really nice environment to work in and I have the privilege to work with very talented people.

The best thing about starting my workday early is I get to leave early to spend time with the most important people, my family! I recently became a father to a little girl and at the moment I’m on a seven month long parental leave, which so far has been the best months of my life.

What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

Cooking! I love to cook. Always have, for as long as I can remember. I’m actually a trained chef and I’ve work about ten years as a chef before I become a developer. I’ve worked with all kinds of cuisines, from French to Swedish, even Japanese, mostly seafood.

At home I specially enjoy a challenge, so the more complicated dish the better. If there’s a dish that takes four days to prepare, involves fifty different ingredients and special tools then I can almost guarantee I have tried it. My mantra while experimenting in the kitchen is: -“Relax, the worst thing that can happen is we’ll go out and have pizza instead.”

Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?
Just be safe and take care of each other.

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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