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March 19, 2015
Five Things I Learned in Mura Admin/User Training
On Monday I attended the Mura Admin/User Training here in Sacramento. Normally I'm not given the title of "Site Administrator"; I typically build the site for a client and hand it over. But I wa....
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March 2, 2015
SacInteractive meeting and schedule changes
Hi all -- We've got some changes coming to SacInteractive. Moving forward we'll be meeting on the FIRST Tuesday of each month (instead of the 2nd Tuesdays that we were using previously). Our first meeting on the new night will be tomorrow ....
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February 20, 2015
ColdFusion: Now and Next Recap
Last night was the "ColdFusion: Now and Next" meeting at the Adobe headquarters in San Francisco. There were some scheduling issues causing the meeting to start late, but overall I think that ended up making the meeting more valuable. Initially it was to be Rakshith Naresh and Elishia Dvorak speak....
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January 13, 2015
Tonight at SacInteractive -- 2015 Planning meeting and Software Raffle!
This month we're going to do an "all hands on deck" planning session for 2015. Everyone is encouraged to bring their ideas for SacInteractive. If there's a topic you'd like to see us present, or something you'd like to present on yourself, please come to the meeting and discuss with us. We'll also b....
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December 8, 2014
Tuesday at SacInteractive -- Intro to Object Oriented JavaScript
This Tuesday night (tomorrow) at SacInteractive, I'll be giving a new (for me) presentation, "Intro to Object Oriented JavaScript". We'll go over basic terms like "class", "object", "constructor" and "encapsulation". And we'll show you how they fit into the JavaScript world. Object Oriented Progr....
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October 22, 2014
CF Camp Wrap-Up
CF Camp 2014 is done. Overall I think it was a success for everyone. It was a very intense schedule, leaving CF Summit and immediately flying to Germany the very next morning (especially having to give presentations at both conferences). I've been a little und....
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October 22, 2014
CF Camp Notes: Get Grulping With JavaScript Task Runners, Matt Gifford
Get Grulping With JavaScript Task Runners, Matt Gifford "Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated." --Confucius Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures To get ....
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October 22, 2014
CF Camp Notes: Event Gateways, Gert Franz
Event Gateways -- Gert Franz What are Event Gateways anything that java/railo can "react" to is an Event Gateway additional way to contact the app server (aside from web services, etc) doesn't have to be over HTTP, can be triggered by FTP too, etc. CLI -- w....
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October 22, 2014
CF Camp Notes: Hidden Gems in ColdFusion 11, Charlie Arehart
Hidden Gems in ColdFusion 11, Charlie Arehart Not discussing everything in CF11, just things that don't get much PR There's no single document that lists all the new features, that makes it hard to find them. Don't miss the docs: wikidocs.adobe/com/wiki/di....
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October 22, 2014
CF Camp Notes: ECMAScript 6, Matt Bourke
ECMAScript 6 - Matt Bourke ECMAScript is a "language", JavaScript is a "dialect" of that they're kind of 1 in the same. Creating awesome games in JS is easy -- Phaser.js Automated regression testing w/ casper.js JS is the "assembly language ....
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On Monday I attended the Mura Admin/User Training here in Sacramento. Normally I'm not given the title of "Site Administrator"; I typically build the site for a client and hand it over. But I wanted to get more familiar with Mura (and was unable to attend the Back-end Developer training this week due to a schedule conflict...boo), so I signed up. Besides, it never hurts to learn new things; and knowing more about the best practices for Administrators might help me in building future sites, optimizing my workflow, etc. Rather than giving a full-on review I thought I'd list a few of things things I found noteworthy during the course. (I kept a Google Doc of all my notes, but it's rather cluttered and wouldn't make much sense to post here out of context.)

First, I need to give props to the Mura guys. Due to some last-minute client issues, I wasn't able to sign up until literally the night before the class. Assuming everyone had left the office by then, I thought I'd just show up at the class and see if they had room (I'm local, so worst case: I'd have spent 10 minutes in the car for no reason, not a huge a deal). Blue River wrote me back minutes after seeing my RSVP and let me know I was signed up for the class...it must have been 10pm at night when this happened. Excellent customer service. Steve (the instructor) was great, answered everyone's questions, kept the class rolling at a good pace, and is a very engaging instructor. Being a trainer myself, I always appreciate when the instructor genuinely enjoys being there and teaching the material – it makes the experience -so- much better for everyone.

With that, I give you 5 (random) Things I Learned in Mura Admin/User Training...

  1. The "Escape-L front end editing" was used a lot in class, and streamlines the workflow a lot. Typically I build out Users / Groups for my clients so they can log into the Admin and get the same effect, but using the front-end editing really significantly speeds things up! When I was first told about this feature, it was described as a "quick way to log into the Admin", which isn't exactly correct. I've basically been ignoring it, but I think that will change now.
  2. Multi-Device Preview. How this skipped by me I have no idea. But it's going to save me some back-and-forth debugging on websites. Mura has a baked in feature that emulates the different "viewport" sizes so you can test what your site will look like on desktop, tablet, and mobile, all without leaving your desktop browser.
  3. Turn off "User Activity Session Tracking" in the Dashboard to make the sites run faster. Google Analytics can do everything this can do, and it's faster.
  4. Google reCAPTCHA is baked into Mura now. You just need to register for a key with Google and you can add that "I am not a robot" checkbox to your Form Builder pages quickly!
  5. The "Zoom" feature in Mura Admin. It's never seemed that useful to me before, I've found other ways / places to click and get what I need. However every once in a while there are spots where my browser (usually Firefox) just kind of freaks out and won't let me select certain items in Site Administrator. Using the "Zoom" tool fixed that in most (but not all) of the cases.
  6. (+1) Steve likes making references to NPR and Digital Underground during class. :)


A sign of a good training class (or user group meeting, or conference session) is when you leave feeling motivated and excited to work on a project using the new found knowledge. Mission accomplished!



-nolan

March 19, 2015
Five Things I Learned in Mura Admin/User Training
On Monday I attended the Mura Admin/User Training here in Sacramento. Normally I'm not given the title of "Site Administrator"; I typically build the site for a client and hand it over. But I wa....