TRI and Catch: A new way to do Tridion Implementations

In a previous post, I mentioned the SDL Tridion MVP retreat, and that front-end is going to become a really big deal in the world of Tridion. Today, I would like to briefly discuss what I meant by that. (Briefly means “under 1000 words”).

What it amounts to is an amazing project by Bart Koopman and Will Price. The project is called the SDL Tridion Reference Implementation, or STRI, or TRI — and despite the boring sounding name, this is a huge deal.

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What I learned at the SDL Tridion MVP retreat: Sharing is Caring


All the way back in Febuary Ferbruary Febfruary the second month of this year, I wrote about how I’d been nominated for this really cool award, the SDL Tridion Most Valued Professional award. Also known as the Tridion MVP award. It was a really, really  cool honor to have been nominated, and I got all sorts of cool perks:

  • A really cool badge
  • Access to a super secret chat room
  • Invitations to special meetings, where we plot to take over the world discuss upcoming changes to SDL products

And, an invitation to Portugal.  This post is about that.
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Grunt.js: Minify, rename, and put it in another folder

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If you know Grunt.js, this post is for you. Grunt is a super awesome node.js-based task runner. It makes development easier, your productivity faster, and your attractiveness… attractiver.

I don’t want to go through all 3,000+ reasons that Grunt is fantastic, so I’ll just give you one: You’re writing some JavaScript files. You’d like them to be minified, renamed, and placed in another directory… Every time you save a file. But, the Uglify task doesn’t do that!

Oh, but it does…

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Front-end Architecture Options in Tridion

I had a discussion recently about whether to put CSS into Tridion as multimedia components or code components, and it triggered a really fun discussion. We talked about all of our different strategies and use-cases for managing the CSS in SDL Tridion, and it seems like something that other folks may ask about in the future. So what I’d like to do here is summarize my thoughts and experiences on front-end architecture, and what implementation options you have in Tridion.
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Two Front-end Tidbits for Tridion Guys

As I’ve mentioned previously, I recently left Tahzoo and started working at a new company called Content Bloom. Last week was Content Bloom’s global training summit, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (if that’s a real place). Everyone at the company presented on a topic; it’s a chance for us to all teach each other. I was nominated to speak on Front-end, but with only a 30-minute window, I had to be very focused on what I was going to teach on. Very focused. So I picked only two topics— and I only went over by an hour.
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The Case for Re-Architecting Your CSS (with a CSS Preprocessor)

In the last few months I’ve become a pretty big fan of a particular CSS preprocessor called Stylus. Stylus is a node.js-powered preprocessor that I’ve used with some clients. Stylus has offered a huge boost in both my productivity and quality— and I’ve conjectured that it even gives me an edge performance. After seeing huge gains, I’ve wondered if existing websites can get a benefit from a CSS-to-Stylus conversion. Clients don’t ask for one, and it’s probably because no one has every done a CSS-rewrite and actually measured the gains. Well, guess what? I did a Stylus conversion on my blog, to find out if I could find any gains…
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The End of !important: Using Specificity Tricks to Trump Styles

Last week I was hit with a small challenge of fixing a snippet of code that fixed a problem with a third party application called Media Manager. It  does some pretty nifty things with videos — but it also injects a <style> into the <body>. Because it does that, I had a challenge in changing the dimensions of a video on the client-side. I first worked up a fix over there. Then I worked up a fix for the fix here. It involved a lot of attribute selector shenaniganery and ultimately, revelations about !important —including ways to avoid it at all costs.
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Changing Media Manager Video Sizes with Tridion: a Fullscreen problem

At my Media Manager presentation at Tridion Developer Summit a few weeks ago, I showed a trick for resizing your Media Manager videos outside of Media Manager’s outlets.

This morning, I learned that there was a bug with the approach, and this afternoon, I found a fix. Let’s discuss. Read More