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ChrisHammond.com
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:28:20 AM
A few months ago I released V4 of my DNN Development templates, which included a new project template for Themes (skins). This weekend I was working on a new theme (skin) for a customer project and came across a few changes I needed/wanted to make to the Theme project template, so you get to benefit from those changes as I have put a new release out of the project templates.
DNN Connect
Friday, April 10, 2015 6:10:00 PM

We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now.  The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem.  This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior.  We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas.  In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.

The Mighty Blog
Friday, April 10, 2015 3:02:31 PM

DNN-Connect: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, Vicenc Masanas

We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now.  The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem.  This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior.  We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas.  In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.

Want to Be on the Show?

We are always looking for new people to be features on the show.  Please let me know in the comments of via email if you’d like to be on the DNN Hangout.

Next Episode

Next month we will be speaking with Mandeep Singh from Mandeeps.  He’s going to walk us through the most recent release of the Live Forms module. 

Site of the Month

We had a site of the month to feature this month, but I decided to postpone this segment to the next episode so that we had more time to speak with our 3 guests during this hangout.

If you would like for your site to be featured in an upcoming hangout, please let me know.

DNN Hangout with DNN-Connect

Show Notes

Interesting Blogs

Ecosystem Releases

DNN Connect
Saturday, April 04, 2015 9:11:04 AM

Retina and high-res displays are a challenge when you want to do them correctly - but we discovered a very simple solution to this about 2 years ago, which I would like to share. Let's make our DNN sites amazing!

DNN Connect
Thursday, April 02, 2015 4:13:00 AM

Over the past few days I’ve put together a module that implements yet another showcase. “Showcase”, here is similar to what the “Forge” does on the official DNN site. Why would I do this? Good question. What provoked it initially, was the upcoming DNN Connect 2015 conference and my desire to allow people to “showcase” their work/ideas. What I had in mind was what we dubbed “poster sessions”. Basically the ability to put up a poster on a wall in a predetermined format. Now we could just say: OK people, “you can bring an A2 poster to the event and we’ll put it up” but then we’re going to get all kinds of formats (some have more time and creativity in this respect than others). So to level the playing field I was thinking: what if we had a database that could flow into a PDF template?

DNN Connect
Sunday, March 22, 2015 6:15:43 AM

This analogy jumped into my mind the other day. As a (DNN module) developer I feel somewhat like a cook. A cook, taking various ingredients and combining them into something hopefully very tasty. A cook, because we use other people’s work to create our own unique work. It is not just using .net and DNN as a platform that I’m talking about. Here I was thinking about the myriad of libraries and programming paradigms that I’ve used over the years.

The Mighty Blog
Friday, March 20, 2015 12:12:45 AM

Central California .Net User Group Meeting 20150319

I’ve always been passionate about helping people learn more about DNN and use it in new and creative ways.  I noticed that Sean Gahan was giving a presentation at the Central California .Net User Group in Fresno, CA.  (They told me this area is also called Clovis.)  I immediately contacted the, because I was hoping that they might be streaming the user group meeting.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case, but they invited me to speak. 

Sean of course presented on DNN development, and they asked me to take this into a deeper level.  I began by giving an introduction of DNN and it’s architecture.  Then we walked through using the Christoc module development template.  The demo was finished off by walking through the example solution I have that demonstrates what the environment might look like for team and enterprise development.  We capped things off by discussing some best practices.  Something I kept trying to highlight was how much code that they don’t have to write anymore.

The meeting was held at a place called Bitwise Mural District.  The name and the look from the outside was deceiving.  I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being one of the coolest co-working spaces I’ve been to.  It was like walking into a well-funded San Francisco start up office.  I’ve been to tons of code camps and user group meetings across the country, and this was one of the coolest venues for a user group meeting.

If you’re in the “Clovis” area, I highly recommend this group.  The format is very laid back, and highly informative.  It doesn’t hurt that the folks in this group are all fun, smart, and incredibly interested in soaking up and sharing information.  Oh, and my favorite attendee was Dilbert!  (See the photo above.)

 

You can also download the PDF of the presentation.

DNN Connect
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:40:00 PM

This month, we talk to our first Microsoft employee, Jared Shockley.  Interestingly enough, he wasn’t technically a Microsoft employee when we originally scheduled him to appear as a guest speaker.  We spoke to Jared about how he found DNN, what it was and is like to work for Microsoft (since this is his second time with the company), and we dive into some of the first things you need to know before starting with Microsoft Azure. 

The Mighty Blog
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 4:29:28 PM

DNN Hangout March 2015: Jared Shockley

This month, we talk to our first Microsoft employee, Jared Shockley.  Interestingly enough, he wasn’t technically a Microsoft employee when we originally scheduled him to appear as a guest speaker.  We spoke to Jared about how he found DNN, what it was and is like to work for Microsoft (since this is his second time with the company), and we dive into some of the first things you need to know before starting with Microsoft Azure. 

Want to Be on the Show?

We are always looking for new people to be features on the show.  Please let me know in the comments of via email if you’d like to be on the DNN Hangout.

Next Episode

We don’t have next month’s speaker scheduled yet.  Please let us know if you want to be part of the show. 

Site of the Month

Northspan websiteEarlier this year we spoke with Aaron and Dylan Lopez from Innosoftware.  They submitted a site of the month submission immediately following that broadcast and I couldn’t wait to show it.  It looks great!

Northspan is a contract drilling company focused on exploration drilling, based in Kelowna, Canada.  Their site follows a lot of the “best practices” that Aaron discussed with us in the January hangout.  They have implemented a beautiful video as the background of the header area and implemented quite a few third party extensions.  Those extensions include DNN Sharp URL Adapter, DNN Sharp Action Form, 40 Fingers Style Helper Object, and plenty of 2 Sexy Content

If you would like to submit one of your sites to be featured in a future hangout, please let me know.

DNN Hangout with Jared Shockley

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Events

News

Extensions Mentioned

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DNN Connect
Friday, March 06, 2015 2:02:18 AM

DNN 7.5 is looking for a new theme that gives the first time DNN user a Wow! factor. Are you willing to show your talent and supply that fully open source fresh look for DNN 7.5?

Read on!

DNN Connect
Friday, February 20, 2015 4:01:00 AM
This year, everything has been organised to enable participants to come with their family ! From the possibility to have a family chalet to yourselves, to guided days out that have been put together for the occasion, to discover the region and relax... Don't hesitate to get in touch for more info !
Engage
Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:20:00 PM
In the perfect pairing of two worlds we do business in - franchising and associations - we had the pleasure of attending the International Franchise Association’s #IFA2015 Convention, and it was a great conference!
Tags: social
DNN Connect
Thursday, February 19, 2015 5:51:00 AM

today marks a new milestone in the run-up to DNN Connect 2015; we're open for registration! I'm proud to announce that we've been able to keep costs down to as little as 275 Euro for a 3 day event, including (as per tradition shared) lodging and (as per tradition tasty) food. This in large part due to the generosity of our sponsors. We are still working on sponsorship, but we're proud to announce that DNN Corp, 2Sic, ITM, Xcess, Vendorlink, Glanton/ITX, Iowa Computer Gurus, Altamys, OPSI and Engage are all contributing to this event.

Engage
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:17:00 AM
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) to enhance user experience, drive site traffic and increase visitor engagement with DNN’s Evoq™ Engage Social Online Community Solution.
Tags: AMS
Tags: CHADD
Tags: client
Tags: ProTech
The Mighty Blog
Monday, February 09, 2015 9:30:06 AM

DNN Hangout - Discussing the DNN 7.4 Release

With DNN 7.4 coming out on our scheduled broadcast of this month’s DNN Hangout, it only made sense for us to switch things around and talk about the release.  There are several nuggets of goodness that the community will enjoy in 7.4.  We spent this entire DNN Hangout talking about what went into the latest DNN release and what it means to you.

A DNN Hangout wouldn’t be a hangout if we weren’t hanging out with at least one guest.  This time, we invited Francesco Rivola from DNN Corp and Brian Dukes of Engage Software.  Francesco is one of the masterminds behind the new workflow API that’s available to all extensions in the community.  He even goes as far as showing up some code samples and gives examples of how we might want to use it for our own extensions.

Want to Be on the Show?

We are always looking for new people to be features on the show.  Please let me know in the comments of via email if you’d like to be on the DNN Hangout.

Next Episode

Jared Shockley was supposed to speak this month, but luckily he was flexible to move his episode to next month.  We can look forward to speaking to Jared next month about DNN and Azure.  He promises to speak to us about how to leverage the various Azure services in your own applications. Tune in on March 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM (PST).

Site of the Month

Unfortunately, I had to join the hangout late this month.  We’ll highlight this again next month.

DNN Hangout

Show Notes

There aren’t a ton of resources this month due to us not following our standard format.  You’ll see that return to normal next month.

DNN Connect
Friday, February 06, 2015 2:08:00 PM

One bigger item I’ve been dealing with for the 7.4.0 release was a portalsetting called Use Email Address as Username. The trouble with that setting used to be that usage was far from intuitive in the past and I hope to have improved on that quite a bit.

DNN Connect
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 2:07:12 PM

Everyone who has opened up the event log in DNN has undoubtedly been struck by the fact that there is a lot of information there. The event log is like a huge bin into which the platform and modules can drop anything they wish to log. To help you navigate the flood of information we use color coding and filters. This will allow you to answer questions like “User X had an error when they went to page Y. What happened?” You’d probably want to know when user X had this experience as the log is basically just a chronological list of events. But the event log is not able to answer the question “Who else had this error?” and “Is this error recurring often?” The event log was simply not designed to answer those questions. To address this, I’ve made a few changes to the framework which I’ll elaborate on.

Engage
Thursday, January 29, 2015 1:16:00 PM

In a world where over 1,600 DNN's Evoq 8 is coming, and it will change the way you see the platform.

Engage
Friday, January 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM

I've written a post about using JavaScript Libraries in DNN on the DNN community blog. We're excited about what it will look like for the community to start making use of this feature of the DNN Platform. Check it out!

Engage
Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:56:00 AM

Finding semalt in your Google Analytics or getting unusual, no time on site, one-page, high bounce traffic? That's likely bot traffic. Here's a simple tip from Google on how to hide that annoying data. 

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