Ok, so my blog has been getting a little neglected lately... life seems to present it's busy times and it's slow times. In my case it seems that life decided the entire year was to be busy! In the midst of freelance contract work, consulting, managing projects, studying a business degree part time, and running an Iaido class among other things; an interesting opportunity presented itself. So, to get to the point I have been appointed the new Community (Awesomeness) Manager at SilverStripe Ltd! (I have unoffically added the "awesomeness" part so I get me be myself as a job - "C.A.M"). SilverStripe is a PHP web Framework and CMS that I have been using successfully with client projects and have been participating in the open-source commmunity over the last 4-5 years. Speaking at meetups and contributing code where I can. It is also a local Wellington, NZ company.read full post
I have been working recently on SilverStripe 3 projects that require setting up some default roles and permissions... however... I could not seem to find a concise table mapping out each of SilverStripe out of the box permissions codes.
So here they are in all their glory...
*note that for each ModelAdmin you create you get a new permission checkbox.
On the 17th July (2013), we had another SilverStripe Developer Community Meetup which was a chance for me to present the outcomes from a previous talk I had given on the social learning theory concept of "Communities of Practice". At last years talk we also held a brainstorm workshop around how we, as a communty, and SilverStripe Ltd could support the community by creating actions, events and artifacts to build bridges between the layers that exist in a community of practice.
This was then followed up by me actually actioning a bridge building action, that is, presenting a case study which are important communty artifacts demonstrating the value of the domain of knowledge that the communty practices to people outside the communty. This sparks interest in individuals as they think about their own work related challenges and how participating in the communty may help them overcome these and hopefully getting more people interested in SilverStripe CMS and the community as a whole.
I spent a couple of days last week attending the AgileNZ 2013 conference here in Wellington. 2 days of great keynotes and breakout sessions with a variety of speakers, though I think the most valuable aspect of conferences like these are the conversations that happen during the breaks... social learning/communities of practice in action I suppose.read full post
This is my first blog post in quite some time, but it is a doooosie, possibly one of my largest projects to date!read full post
Another speaking engagement at the SilverStripe Wellington Meetup (my third time!) on the 1st August 2012. This time I took the concept of a Communty of Practice outlined by Etienne Wenger et al, and applied it to the open-source software development community that works on the SilverStripe CMS. We later followed this up with a 20-30 minute hands-on workshop in which participants were asked to look at providing ideas around ways SilverStripe Ltd and the Community itself could help build bridges between the different levels of participation present in a Community of Practice.read full post
With half the year already over and my blog updates being a little irregular lately I thought I would give a bit of an update as to the goings-ons of late.read full post
Following on from few weeks ago where I presented some examples of Web 2.0 - 3.0 technologies and ideas being utilised in everyday life, I would like to continue that theme. Highlighting how the 4C appraoch of social media implementation (from Niall Cook's - "Enterprise 2.0" - Communications, Cooperations, Collaboration & Connection) applies using a real world example. Last weekend I attended a "hackfest" set up by the SilverStripe Open-Source Community. SilverStripe is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) developed in Wellington, New Zealand and powers some high profile corporate and government websites. What makes SilverStripe unique though is the fact that their flagship product is free and open-source. Check out a quick video from Siguard , one of the founders for a great overview of their approach to software and open-source.read full post
As I wonder around Wellington lately I started to realise how much Web 2.0+ (2.5, 3.0) concepts and technologies I actually interact with on a day to day basis. After looking into some of the more formal definitions of these evolutions of the web, 2.0 with the web being used as a platform for social interaction, 2.5 with its "mobile" application of 2.0 ideas and 3.0 looking at being the "semantic" web (web that understands what we are trying to find by providing extra data about our context or preferences). Here is a few of the more interesting situations and examples that are not the usual Facebook checking or Twitter tweeting.read full post