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The Last CTO Developer Training Intro was such a success that we talked Andrew into doing a series of Last CTO Trainings for developer topics.

Next up is Basic Block Development.This class teaches developers what they need to know to make a simple block in concrete5.

This class will be taught at 10 AM Pacific on May 30 (date changed). And, it's an amazing deal at $95 (that's $200 off the standard training class price).

Covered Topics

  • Block architecture
  • Files included in a block's directory
  • Block add/edit templates
  • Multiple view layers with Custom Templates
  • Including JavaScript/CSS in a page's header when that block is on the page
  • How the data model works.

Prerequisites

Understanding of concrete5 and an intermediate understanding of PHP.


Franz and Andy review a new git pull request, talk about improvements to concrete5.org and answer viewer questions about Composer blog features.


Earlier this month, Round the Bend Blog did a post about why they chose concrete5. Instead of just picking a well-known CMS, Round the Bend decided to make a wish-list for what they would like in a CMS platform and then dug in to do some homework. Their needs led them to use concrete5.

For Round the Bend, critical functionality included:

  • Built-in Features: They wanted to be able to add a form, set up a blog, add new pages, delete pages, manage images, and more with relative ease, right out of the box.
  • Add-on Features: They wanted a good selection of add-ons available for a nominal fee.
  • Security: They expected solid site security and fast updates for critical issues.
  • Ease of Use: They needed a CMS where technical and non-technical users could create a web presence with ease.

Read more about why Round the Bend uses concrete5: http://rtbtemplates.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-choose-concrete5.html


Earlier this month, Adrian Speyer wrote a great blog post about why he prefers concrete5 to WordPress. Adrian still likes WordPress, but he thinks "if non-technical user content manipulation is a major concern, Concrete5 is the best option."

Some of the features of concrete5 that he loves:

  • It's super easy to build with, once you get the hang of things.
  • It has fine granular control for user permissions.
  • Upgrading is smooth.
  • It's extremely user friendly for the non-techincal user once it's set up.
  • The Marketplace. There are tons of things free for use with the core Concrete5, including themes and add-ons galore. The prices are more than fair and reasonable. If you are a coder yourself you can sell or offer for free your own upgrades as well.

Read more of Adrian's thoughts about concrete5 on his blog: http://blog.mark8t.com/2012/04/09/concrete5-the-cms-option-you-are-looking-for/


This week Franz and Andy decode concrete5 core version numbers, check out new Marketplace items and answer your questions in "How Would We Do That?"


concrete5 5.5.2.1 is a stable release that fixes a number of bugs in 5.5.2, improves pretty URL compatibility and performance.

5.5.2.1 Release Notes Available Here >

You can download concrete5 5.5.2.1 from the concrete5 downloads page:

Download Here >


This week we take a look at some great new tutorials on switching to concrete5 from Drupal, announce Karma winners from our online community and answer viewer questions live on the air.


You know and love Andrew's code, and maybe you've been lucky enough to get some answers from Andrew directly in the past. Well as the project and core team continues to grow, it's time for our CTO to pass the torch on much of our training sessions to less senior staff.


Andy and Franz chat about an upcoming point release, check in with a few great forum posts, review new Marketplace goodies, and answer viewer questions. Check it out!


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