My Notes of the Cascade 7 Webinar

My notes from the webinar about Cascade 7. Hannon Hill should have a video of this webinar on their site in a week or so.

June 5, 2012

Bradley Wagner


  1. Portability
  2. Performance
  3. End-user experience
  4. Interface/usability


  1. Released May 8, 2012
  2. Over 65 downloads
  3. 2 Betas and client survey
  4. 400+ Votes satisfied
  5. Features for all stakeholders and user

DEMO: Content Portability

whole-site export that downloads .csse files

DEMO: Database export utility

everything expect binary files

DEMO: Site Clone/Copy

It keeps local references local to the copied site, and
external references (_common) stay external.

DEMO: Move/Rename Unpublish

Auto-unpublish when assets are moved/renamed. This
works on manual as well as expired assets (expiration folder

DEMO: Modules

Easy way to add content e.g. twitter feed.

New >> Block >> Twitter Feed

Also swap out assets (blocks) on a page. with Inline

It dynamically updates the published page with new

DEMO: Spectate Connector

SAS marketing tool. Makes (empty) forms really easily.
Create connector in Cascade first, then use a new button on wysiwyg to drop
in form. Also, processes form data e.g. send email.

DEMO: Features – Caching (index

Speeds up render on Cascade.

DEMO: Features – Improved History

Type ahead with action list when users scroll over

DEMO: Features – Global Search

Type ahead added.

DEMO: Improved HTML5 Support

Embed video as HTML5. CAVEAT: Chrome doesn’t like
to render videos inline, but Safari will (Why?)

Also, improved Tidy – HTML5 nicer

My Questions:

Q: How does site copy handle locked files?

A: (They didn’t answer, but I think it will make a copy of the last saved version.)

Q: How does it hand internal asset references? One of
the problems we have when we copy now with 6.10.9 is
“hotlinking” images (or other assets).

A: It keeps local references local to the copied site,
and external references (_common) stay external.

Other Answers

Common assets (e.g. _common) need to exist before a site is copied.

Transport passwords are encrypted.

Memorial Day Ribs – The Tradition Continues

I know I said last year I was done with ribs. I know I should have read my blogs again to remind myself that me and ribs are not meant to be, but time heals all wounds and how quickly we forget.

This year I used a different technique hoping a avoid last year’s failure.

I bought 3 racks of St. Louis style ribs from Kroger’s. In hind sight I think I could have gotten away with 2 racks. We had baked beans, salad, and corn on the cob; never made it to the watermelon. Maybe we’ll turn the left overs into pulled pork via the slow cooker.

Defrost the ribs
Defrost the ribs.

First, marinate the ribs in apple juice for 2 hours.

Marinate in apple juice
Marinate in apple juice

Next, I coated both sides in Gulden’s spicy brown mustard.

Coat with mustard
Coat with mustard.

Next, I coated both sides in Nolan Ryan’s BBQ rub. It was spicy, but not too spicy.

Coat with rib rub
Coat with rib rub

Then, the ribs cooked on the grill – indirect heat of course – for 3 hours at between 200 and 300 degrees. (I think the unsteady temperature is the primary reason for my rib failures.)

Next, I bathed the ribs in sauce and wrapped them in aluminum foil. They went back on the grill for another 2 hours.

Bath in sauce
Bath in sauce.

Finally, I took them off the grill and let them rest for nearly an hour. They weren’t fall off the bone, but they weren’t tough either. I still haven’t found my holy grail, my fountain of youth, my….Maybe next year. (Maybe next year I’ll wise-up and buy the cooked ribs.)

Cut up the ribs and enjoy
Cut up the ribs and enjoy.

But seriously, temperature is the number one factor to effect tenderness. I think I need a good thermometer and I need to stabilize the temperature.