If you follow this blog a little bit, you might have seen my post from last week about Umbraco 5, where I complained about the lack of documentation for the project. As it turns out, my complaints were heard at “the top”. Niels Hartvig, the founder of Umbraco, was so kind as to not only comment on the post, but also write to me. He let me know that the documentation is being worked on and the team is happy for user input on the matter. I was also invited to take part in the upcoming CodeGarden conference to learn more about the project. Now, that’s what I call a great customer support . I am looking forward to the conference and getting to know the community behind Umbraco.
Meanwhile, the Umbraco team has just announced today that the documentation for Umbraco 5 is now available on github. So far it doesn’t have that much content (just an installation guide and a few partials) but it is a good start and a step in the right direction. Certainly an address worth keeping and returning to on regular basis, if you are thinking seriously about Umbraco 5.
While the github site is still a work-in-progress, one has to look for resources all over the net. And here is a list of a few websites, I found useful so far:
- A look at the basic parts of building a site with Umbraco 5 RC2 - this post will be especially useful to those who already know Umbraco 4 because it spends a lot of time compering the two versions
- Umbraco Video Tutorials - the tutorials refer to Umbraco 4 but some, especially basic, things are the same in both versions
- github gist partials by Warren Buckley - razor code snippets to cover some basic functionality (various navigations, RSS etc.)
- Introduction to Razor by Scott Guthrie – this isn’t the most “beginner grade” explanation as it assumes some knowledge of programming but it is, nevertheless, well explained.
- More Razor posts – Scott Guthrie wrote a series of blog posts about Razor (see the links at the beginning of his post) and I found that each of them was at least partly useful for learning the basics of this syntax.
This list is by no means exhaustive and I am sure you will able to find more valid resources once you start digging. But I hope you’ll find these links useful.
If you have any more good Umbraco 5 resources do share them with me.