If you're looking to captivate (or just plain capture) your audience, then you can't pick a much better venue in Manchester than a canal boat. Always keen to get involved in the local developer community, Blueprint assembled a motley crew of 40 local Umbraco developers for a cruise down the ship canal to Media City aboard the well provisioned (read projector, PA, bar...) L.S. Lowry.
The evening set off with Ismail Myatt providing us with a recap from the recent annual Umbraco Code Garden conference in Copenhagen. Next up was Matt Brailsford who gave us an in depth presentation on project Belle, aka Umbraco v7. After a break to enjoy the views and a few drinks from the on board bar, Blueprint's own Sam Flanagan gave an interesting round up of some of the unique features and key differentiators of the Umbraco CMS. Sam talked about how Umbraco could be used to implement structured content and intelligent content development approaches, giving examples of recent work on healthcare and financial services websites.
Sam went on to say "Manchester is the UK's biggest digital hub outside of London and it's great to see such an active community of developers here. We look forward to hosting more events like this and being a part of the vibe in this great city."
Umbraco is one of the most popular web CMS on the Microsoft technology stack, currently with over 200,000 installations worldwide and growing daily. The CMS is popular with larger agencies and organisations who have outgrown WordPress and need a more powerful, but still open source, solution for website development. Blueprint is an Umbraco Certified Partner.
The Manchester Umbraco Meetup is organised by Chris Gaskell and runs regular events. For more information and photos, take a look at the Manchester Umbraco Meetup page at www.meetup.com/Manchester-Umbraco-Meetup/events/121582102.