For those that don't know, we love to embrace new ideas and technology. One of the ways we do this is by running a dedicated day every month for everyone at Building Blocks to work on something away from their main project work. There are no rules - as long as it interests you and you can do a short demo at the end of the day.
Here are some of the things that were worked on:
External Content Library (ECL) Connector for SDL Tridion
Jim, Rob and Nick all had a race on to see who would be first to create an ECL Connector for SDL Tridion. Jim was the winner who managed to create a connector for YouTube and get the item published out too. Rob successfully created his connector against Amazon S3 but didn't have time to get anything published as he spent a lot of time fighting against their API. Nick was successful but this connector is a secret one for now! :)
Watch this space for a detailed blog post on the YouTube connector.
Custom Watch Face for a Pebble
Adam developed his own custom watch face for his fancy Pebble:
Yeoman Project Generator
John C took our front end boilerplate project template and created a Yeoman project generator (http://yeoman.io/generators.html) to make it even easier to kick off a new project.
Tridion Template Designs and Continuous Integration
I have managed to get a working prototype for editing Tridion template designs within Visual Studio, checking them in to SVN and then getting Continuous Integration Server, TeamCity, to automatically deploy those templates into Tridion.
3D Procedural Level Generator in Unity
John A, our resident games developer, created a great 3D level generator in Unity. You can configure the number of rooms, room width, room height (or depth) and then run the game and it will randomly generate the dungeon using prefabricated objects as tiles.
Pool League Website
We run a very competitive pool league in the office, so Gavin, Danny, Billy and John C have started work on a Building Blocks Pool application where people can log results, a running league table based on the past 3 months' results, challenge people to matches, add comments and 'banter' and decide on some standard rules once and for all.
Here's looking forward to the next Innovation Day!