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Rock RMS is Released

Monday, November 03, 2014 10:44 AM by nairdo
It recently came to my attention that someone thought the Rock project was dead because the team members were not blogging about it on our personal blogs. How far from the truth! In all fairness, we probably should have told everyone months ago to go Read More...

Rock Beta Status

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:58 PM by nairdo
From a blogging perspective, I've been in a cave for the past 6-12 months helping to get Rock into it's beta phase. If you are hungry for Rock news, hopefully you're plugged into our podcasts , our Getting Started docs , our Q & A system Read More...

RefreshCache is Four Weeks Away

Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:17 PM by nairdo
RefreshCache (RC) is four weeks away, so if you've been slacking it's not too late to register. If you do so before Sept 30th, you'll be eligible to win the Surface RT we're giving away. This year we're experimenting by joining forces Read More...

Rock ChMS Update

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:03 PM by nairdo
A little over a year ago the Spark Development Network was formed and at RefreshCache v3 we announced our intentions to begin developing a Church Management System called Rock ChMS. Where are we now? Well, hopefully you've subscribed to the semi-regular Read More...

Mobile Phone Check-in

Thursday, July 05, 2012 2:42 PM by nairdo
Last year I told you about our problem of trying to check-in 1750+ kids ( http://codersforchrist.com/cs/blogs/nick/archive/2011/07/25/VBS-Check_2D00_in-Process-Improvement.aspx ) at roughly the same time to avoid the long line that growing as our Vacation Read More...

5th Generation Arena ChMS Website

Friday, November 18, 2011 8:57 AM by nairdo
Today marks the launch of our 5th Arena ChMS powered website . This time around it was more of a cosmetic face-lift, and as far as the switch-over was concerned, we used all the tricks we learned last time to make the change very smooth (more on that Read More...

Rock ChMS, An Open Source Church Management System and CMS Framework

Monday, October 10, 2011 1:11 PM by nairdo
I've joined forces with an initially small team of developers and artists to form the Spark Development Network ( www.sparkdevelopmentnetwork.com ) and we are creating a new, open source Church Management System ( ChMS ) called Rock ChMS. You can Read More...

Custom IE Error Page (DNSERROR.HTM)

Monday, June 20, 2011 3:22 PM by nairdo
When you use a web based kiosk for your attendant-less check-in system , you should think about what's going to happen if your network fails you -- especially if you're using the 3G network. This is what you'll see if the kiosk cannot reach Read More...

I'm Defeated: Community Communications

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:20 AM by nairdo
I admit defeat. I can't keep up with all the community posts in the Arena community forums anymore. Actually, I would have to say it started at some point during 2010. I just would not admit it until today. I guess this might also mean the.Community Read More...

Jason Offutt == JSON Data

Thursday, November 25, 2010 8:40 AM by nairdo
My good friend and co-worker, Jason Offutt , recently started blogging over at JsonData.tumblr.com . (Yes, not only is he a developer and an artist, he's also a great writer!) In our spare time, Jason and I have been working on a couple of open source Read More...

Silence: the moral dilemma on hiding a Facebook friend

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 7:31 PM by nairdo
Yesterday I used the "hide" <friend> feature on Facebook and I'm torn over it. For me, the Facebook trend had become something I dreaded because of a particular person I know who doesn't seem to have a day job other than to FB Read More...

The Arena Community Developer Board

Friday, July 02, 2010 8:37 AM by nairdo
In February 2007 the guys at Arena ChMS established what was loosely called the Community Developer Board (or CDB). This little known group was comprised of the Arena team ( Jeff M , Steve, Mark , Alfred , etc), Jon and David from CCV , and Phil and myself Read More...

101010 A Developers Conference: RefreshCache

Saturday, May 08, 2010 6:28 PM by nairdo
Last year we decided to take a little more ownership of our destiny so we created " RefreshCache ," the free two day event for church developer teams that use the Arena ChMS platform. We're doing it again, but this year we're breaking Read More...

Ignore This Book At Your Own Peril

Saturday, March 27, 2010 11:09 AM by nairdo
" Ignore this book at your own peril. " -- Seth Godin said that about the book Rework by the founders of 37signals . Before I even finished it, I went and ordered two copies for some friends. Everyone will benefit from reading the book, but Read More...

RefreshCache 09: Summary

Sunday, October 11, 2009 11:47 AM by nairdo
Wow, what a week**. Based on the feedback we heard or saw ( Josh , tweets ), some blog posts we read ( Joel , Brian ), as well as Jason and my own observations, we can now say RefreshCache was a total success! While each person had their favorite part, Read More...

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