Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Getting Your Hands Dirty

Lori Halley 16 April 2010 0 comments

We're starting to get our first taste of good weather here, which means that after a few months of working on my moon tan I'm starting to remember what fresh air tastes like. Nights after work have been filled with working on the garden we're planting in our backyard - mostly moving piles of dirt while I listen to my beloved Blue Jays on the radio.

We're trying to grow more of our own vegetables and herbs at home. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the big one is so that we can better understand and respect the work that goes into those little things that we take for granted.

As I broke down dirt for one of the beds (while Ricky Romero was THIS close to a no-hitter) I thought about how my work life and home life weren't so different.

Our goal is to take something that would just be easier to have someone else do, and instead bring it down to a level where you can do it yourself. We want to take those things that seem remote and baffling, like building a website or growing a tomato, and make it easy and fun to get involved with and really get your hands dirty.

The biggest difference is that after a long day of work I wake up ready to do it again. A few nights hauling dirt, and stairs mock me.

Our own personal MacGyver
Everyone has their own interests, and it's great to see when they dovetail with their work.

When he's not jumping out of planes (parachute attached!), humblingyours truly at table tennis or looking for good Mexican food, FrankGoertzen is our Fresh Apricot. He's one of the newer members of ourteam and is one of the calm, cool, reassuring voices you'll get whenyou call our support line. As such he gets to hear a lot of your greatideas for Wild Apricot as well as some of the frustration for thingsthat, well, should be easy but never are. He passes your feedback alongto our analysis team or the forums and we take it from there.But from time to time Frank gets inspired.

What Frank does is create "Experimental" features. Heuses his knowledge of programming languages like PHP and Javascript aswell as Internet based services to create little mini-features. Whilethese features aren't fully supported by Wild Apricot, they do providea nice way for us to add a little bit of functionality to the sitebetween releases. Some of the awesome tools he's created

You can follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/fresh_apricot. I have collected a list of all the Apricots that are on twitter at http://twitter.com/GValentino/fellow-apricots.

A new gadget
Over the next few weeks I'm going to be going over some of the features that we're going to be releasing in 3.5. I thought I'd start us off a little gently with one of the smaller features. A lot of you have requested a simple way to integrate a form or some HTML code from outside Wild Apricot. There have always been a series of temporary solutions, but in the next release we're going to be introducing the latest in the series of Gadgets, in this case a Form or HTML Gadget.

Like all other gadgets, you'll have the ability to create a nicely formatted section of your page that will stand alongside whatever content you have. But while other gadgets, like the ones for Donations and Events, just took date from other sections of your site, this one will let you embed information from outside of Wild Apricot. So if you've created a form on another site and you want to put the code for it on this page, all you'll have to do is create a gadget, name it, and put your code in there. It's a simple little tool, but it's also very versatile. 

 

Forums!
We've had some new posts to our wishlist forum that are getting a lot of traffic.

And on the Roadmap

That's all for this week. No matter what do this weekend, if it's work around the house, some volunteer work or on your Wild Apricot site don't be afraid to get your hands dirty!

 

Originally posted by gvalentino 

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 16 April 2010 at 2:13 PM

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