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I've been really busy since July 1st performing Orchard CMS 1.8.1 upgrades in addition to project work.

Lots of interesting upgrades that include pre-Orchard 1.5 websites, lots of old custom Orchard modules that needed to be re-written and optimized for Orchard 1.8x, and one website in particular that I chose to start from scratch and re-import all the existing data!

Starting another Orchard CMS 1.8.1 Website Upgrade tomorrow!

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I've been developing smaller, marketing websites for clients using Statamic since the first of the year and am very impressed with this flat-file CMS based on PHP.

Statamic is fast and easy to customize. I am easily able to develop Statamic Themes, functionality for the website, and Statamic add-ons and extensions. The documentation is wonderful and product updates and support have been impressive.

I'm looking forward to developing more websites with Statamic and even offer training in the near future. If you're looking for a new, simpler CMS based on PHP, I recommend taking a look at Statamic.

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Orchard CMS 1.8.1 Released last week with 36 bug fixes.

I was expecting Orchard 1.8.1 to be released a long, long time ago, but better late than never. I recommended that my clients not upgrade to Orchard 1.8 if they weren't experiencing performance issues or needed a new feature in Orchard 1.8. So... last week I started upgrading a lot of Orchard Websites to 1.8.1 in addition to my normal project work.

If you haven't upgraded to Orchard 1.8, I highly recommend you upgrade to Orchard 1.8.1.

Good Luck!

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Orchard 1.8.1 RC was released. If you have time to test it before Orchard 1.8.1 is released, please do!

I was sure Orchard 1.8.1 would have been released a few weeks ago, but I think they wanted to save it until after the Orchard Harvest Conference.

Really looking forward to this version. There are lots of important bug fixes and performance optimizations in this version. I have a lot of Orchard Website upgrades I have to do as soon as Orchard 1.8.1 is released.

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Orchard is a free, open source, community-driven project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform.
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I converted my play website, www.davidhayden.org, from Orchard CMS to GitHub Pages using DocPad to Statamic CMS. Like I said, it is more of a play website :)

The good news is that all of that playtime has me loving Statamic, which is a flat-file CMS based on PHP. I am now using Statamic in replace of Orchard CMS for those client websites that don't need all the functionality of Orchard.

The only thing I haven't gotten used to with Statamic is that it isn't open source. At the same time, however, I am rather enjoying the wonderful documentation, the quick response time for support requests, the awesome blog posts covering new features as they come out, and the frequent product releases. You just don't get that from Orchard CMS, so it's nice to experience that with Statamic.

Anyway, if you are a hardcore Orchard CMS Developer like me looking for a CMS to handle websites that don't require the functionality in Orchard, Statamic is  a really nice choice even if you don't know much about PHP.

If you start playing with Statamic and have any questions, let me know.

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Free Python Books I found on the Internet as my daughter and I continue improving our Python programming skills.

Really enjoying teaching my daughter the computer science behind the various data types and algorithms we use during our exploration.

I had no idea how incredibly productive Python is for scripting and smaller RAD projects. I find myself using it in replace of C# now for a lot of smaller tasks.

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Brackets 0.40 Released! Love this editor for web designers and front-end developers. New features include:

Multiple File/Folder Exclusion Sets
Find in Files now supports multiple file/folder exclusion sets. Exclusion sets can be named for easier selection.

Fixed Windows Menu Drawing
Menus on Windows now draw properly when you have a custom Windows theme installed.

Code Inspection Fixes
Bug fixes and more unit tests for running multiple linters.

Improvements for Toggling Comments
Toggle Comment now works for languages like CoffeeScript, where the open and close comment delimiters are the same and the line comment delimiter is a prefix of the block comment delimiter.

Fix Keyboard Shortcuts for Non-English Keyboards
Brackets no longer adds keyboard shortcuts that have a key available only when AltGr key is pressed.

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Why Use Brackets? Design In The Browser. Brackets doesn't get in the way of your creative process. It blends visual tools into the editor while pushing HTML and CSS to the browser as you code. An Elevated Experience. Brackets isn't just pretty, it's also powerful. You'll enjoy writing code in ...
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I wrote a quick blog post on using Raven Forms to add forms on Statamic Websites.

Raven Forms consists of Tags, Formsets, and a Control Panel to help you add forms to Statamic Websites, capture form data, validate form fields, save it to a file, specify email notifications and spam filtering, display metrics, and manage form submissions from the control panel.

Although I wish Raven Forms shipped with Statamic as opposed to being an add-on, I am very happy with how easy it is to use Raven to add forms to a Statamic Website. The fact that configuration is declarative and the form tags work very well with existing HTML markup make it a blessing.

If you are looking for a flat-file, PHP-based CMS for your website, check out Statamic. If you are interested in hiring a Statamic Developer, please contact me.

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New version of GitHub for Mac.

"We’ve just shipped a significant new update to GitHub for Mac, with simplified navigation and a renewed focus on your cloned repositories.

With this update, you’ll be able to spend less time navigating lists of respositories, and more time focusing on your repositories and your branches."

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Following the recent release of GitHub for Windows 2.0, we’ve been working hard to bring our two desktop apps closer together. We’ve just shipped a significant new update to GitHub for Mac, with simplified navigation and a renewed focus on your cloned repositories. With this update, you’ll be able to spend less time navigating lists of respositories, and more time focusing on your repositories and your branches. Simplified Navigation The si...
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Google announced their new Web Starter Kit:

Designed to help you apply Web Fundamentals’ best practices in new projects, Web Starter Kit is a lightweight boilerplate with templates and tooling. Web Starter Kit gives you responsive layout, a visual style guide, and optional workflow features like performance optimization so you can keep your pages lean and fast.

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Multi-device responsive boilerplate. A responsive boilerplate optimized for the multi-screen web, with a high PageSpeed Insights performance score. Living component style guide. A visual design system for documenting your site's components that evolves as it does. Cross-device Synchronization ...
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If you use a Mac and are looking for a great file management, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV Amazon S3 client application, ForkLift is a fantastic application and currently on sale for $0.99 on the Mac App Store.

I think I bought it on sale for $2.99 or something awhile back and use it constantly. Great application. I have never had it crash and it meets my simple needs for FTP and SFTP when I need it. My daughter uses it constantly, too, and loves it.

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Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about ForkLift - File Manager and FTP/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3 client on the Mac App Store. Download ForkLift - File Manager and FTP/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3 client for [?] and enjoy it on your Mac.
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Firebug 2.0 Released!

Lots of nice features:

- Syntax Highlighting
- Pretty Print
- DOM Events Inspector
- Searching in the HTML Panel
- Code Auto Completion
- JavaScript Expressions Inspector
- Console Log Grouping
- Inspect JavaScript Function Return Value
- Show/Hide Firebug Panels
- Displaying Original CSS Color Values
- Quickly create new HTML attribute
- Inspect Registered Mutation Observers

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