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The Mighty Blog
Monday, June 27, 2016 9:42:35 PM

OpenForce Connect Orlando 2008 group photo

Don’t let the headline freak you out.  It’s not as bad as it sounds…  We’ll start with some background, and then I’ll tell you the details.

Where it All Began: OpenForce Connect Orlando

The DNN Corp-run commercial conference that used to occur every year was originally called OpenForce.  However, many of us felt that the DNN community could and should have its own event.  One that was focused on the community, and less on anything commercial.

In 2008, I helped as a local organizer for the very first community conference in North America.  It’s described in detail in the first chapter of any Wrox DNN book, and it was known as OpenForce Connect Orlando.  At the time, I was a co-founder of the largest and most popular DNN user group, known as the ODUG or Orlando DotNetNuke Users Group.  We put together an amazing event in less than 2 months’ time.  We had over 200 people there for a one-day and one-track event. 

Day of DotNetNuke (now DNNCon) was founded on the principle of being a community-run event, for the community.  If you’ve ever been to a code camp before, this was one of the events that DNNCon was modeled after.  No matter if/when DNN Corp has their own commercial event, this event was meant to serve the needs and desires of the community.

The following year, the community kept pinging me and others in the user group to put on another one.  We really wanted to, but we also weren’t sure if we could.  After all, we didn’t want to step on any toes (so to speak) since DNN wasn’t really ours.  It belonged to DNN Corp.  For those of you that haven’t been around for that long, you may not know some of the ways people tried to “steal” DNN in the past.  So we wanted to make sure we did this in the right way.  We kept e-mailing the folks at DNN Corp for several months, but no answer.  Eventually, we took things into our own hands.

Now don’t go all conspiracy theory in the comments…  They literally couldn’t respond to us, but we wouldn’t know that until much later.  2009 was the year that DNN Corp got funding.  Part of the funding process required silence on their parts, so they couldn’t respond.

Day of DotNetNuke is Born

With a literal 2 months to the day, a group of us decided to put on the first Day of DotNetNuke event, and I was unanimously “volunteered” to be the organizer.  In two months’ time again, we filled an entire event with people from all over the world.  We had 5 or 6 tracks, training, and even exceeded the fire codes due to having too many people.  Getting down the halls was a challenge to say the least.  (Luckily, we didn’t get into any trouble.)  This event would boast the most attendees for any future event until the first one held in Palm Beach some 4 years later.

Over the years, you’ve seen numerous people as the organizers of each respective event.  I made it my role to recruit and empower event organizers in any way I could.  I helped them to plan, organize, and execute each event.  Without these people, this community event may have only happened once.

Here we are in 2016, and since then, Day of DotNetNuke has been rebranded to Day of DNN, and then to DNNCon.  It’s been held 10 times in 3 countries, 2 continents, and 8 cities worldwide.  By my guesstimate, it’s helped several thousand people all over the world from every walk of life learn more about DNN.  I’ve heard too many amazing and life-changing stories to recount.  At each event, I’ve collected new friends from all over the globe – relationships that in some cases are as close or closer than family.  In fact, the first time I met my soul mate was at a DNNCon.  Needless to say, DNNCon means a lot to me. 

My Decision

If DNNCon has a “daddy,” I guess it would be me.  As a father, sometimes you need to let your kid grow up on their own.  This decision isn’t just about that though – but it’s not any less true.

Any of you that know me know that I’ve recently been going through some personal issues with a tragedy that literally hit close to home.  I need to clear my plate a bit.  Keeping up with everything I used to do before the tragedy has proven to be too exhausting since.

At the end of the day, I had a vision, together with hundreds of other DNN’ers I we were able to make it happen, and it was nothing short of inspiring to see it continue to be adopted by so many people all over the world.  These past 8 years have been very rewarding as a result.  However, the only constant in life is change, and now is the time for a change to be made for DNNCon.  We are at a critical point of growth in our community, and DNNCon needs a fresh vision and a renewed energy.

The Future

DNNCon Baltimore was the first event that was run in a committee manner.  I’ve tried a few different models in the past, and this one was pretty successful.  There is now a committee of well-known and experienced DNN community members who will take DNNCon and push it forward to bigger and better things.  As of today, they’re 8 strong – eight of the brightest and most creative minds ever to be involved with DNNCon.  Needless to say, the event we’ve grown to love is in good hands.

I’m very excited for the new life and energy the committee will bring to you in the future events to come.  As of right now, they’re closing in on making a decision for either Fall or Spring for the next DNNCon, but I’ll let them give you the details.

As for me, I’m not leaving the DNN community.  You’ll still see me at events, online, and I’m still going to build and maintain DNN modules.  This is simply a passing of the DNNCon torch from me, to a new group of people.

In closing, I’d like to thank you all for the support in putting on this event over the years.  If any single video can sum up what DNNCon is, was, and could be, this would be it. Enjoy, and I hope to see you at the next event (where/whenever that may be).

DNN Connect
Friday, June 17, 2016 3:19:00 AM
Ever wondered what Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is? Or why it matters to DNN? The goal of this paper is to provide you with an overview of what AD is and how it can integrate with your DNN website or intranet to make your life easier in managing your site users and security.
DNN Connect
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4:03:40 AM

During DNN Connect 2016 a group of interested attendees got together to discuss their experiences of using Azure Web Sites to host DNN Community and Evoq versions. Here is a summary of the notes taken during the session along with the key pieces of advice and top tips.

DNN Connect
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:20:00 PM
View this presentation and associated "How To" video from DNN Connect 2016 to understand why and how web businesses are experiencing diminished profits from mobile, what they're doing about it, and how DNN can be optimised for business profit.
The Mighty Blog
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 10:19:49 PM

DNN Hangout: March 2016 with David Poindexter

David Poindexter is our guest in this month’s show.  David is the “GeekEO” of nvisionative.  I’ve interviewed him before in a Hotcakes Hangout, so you can get a lot of information about David and his company nvisionative there.  In this show though, we wanted to focus on community activities.  David and his fellow DNN’ers in the Charlotte, NC area have been doing great things for years now, so we wanted to pick his brain a bit, and then we finished things off with a very HUGE surprise for the DNN community.

Want to Be on the Show?

We’re always look for new guests to be on the show.  Please contact me or send me a note in the comments below if you want to be featured, or know of someone that should be.

Next Episode

Our next episode isn’t yet finalized, but when it is, you’ll find it on the DNN community events page.

Site/Extension of the Month

We’re always looking for sites or extensions to feature in this segment. Please let me know if you’d like for me to do a quick segment on one of your sites or extensions.

DNN Community, User Groups, and MORE

Show Notes

Blogs & Articles

Extension Updates

DNN Connect
Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:45:00 AM

There are two DNN conferences coming up very soon.  DNNCon is in April, held in Baltimore, Maryland, and DNN-Connect is in Girona, Spain in June.  Our guests are all organizers or co-organizers, and they spend some time with us

DNN Connect
Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:45:00 AM

In this episode, we decided to have our guest be the topic.  The DNN 8 release was so HUUUUUUGE that we felt that it needed to speak for itself.  DNN 8 brings with it a ton of new features that developers can take advantage of.  These things include new MVC and SPA development patterns.  Patterns that never before existed officially and never before came supported out of the box.

The Mighty Blog
Friday, February 26, 2016 11:22:28 PM

DNN Hangout February 2016

There are two DNN conferences coming up very soon.  DNNCon is in April, held in Baltimore, Maryland, and DNN-Connect is in Girona, Spain in June.  Our guests are all organizers or co-organizers, and they spend some time with us

Want to Be on the Show?

We are always looking for new people to be featured on the show. You don’t have to be an “expert” in anything. Just be prepared to chat with us about anything interesting about DNN, no matter how big or small.

Please let me know in the comments or via email if you’d like to be on DNN Hangout (or if you know of someone that should be on the show).

Next Episode

Next month, we speak to David Poindexter from nvisionative, and a co-leader of the Southern Fried DNN user group.  He’s going to talk to us about user groups and other community topics.  However, I hear that he might have a HUGE surprise presentation during the hangout as well.

Site/Extension of the Month

We’re always looking for sites or extensions to feature in this segment. Please let me know if you’d like for me to do a quick segment on one of your sites or extensions.

DNNCon and DNN-Connect 2016 Questions and Answers

Show Notes

The Mighty Blog
Friday, February 26, 2016 10:37:10 PM

DNN Hangout January 2016

In this episode, we decided to have our guest be the topic.  The DNN 8 release was so HUUUUUUGE that we felt that it needed to speak for itself.  DNN 8 brings with it a ton of new features that developers can take advantage of.  These things include new MVC and SPA development patterns.  Patterns that never before existed officially and never before came supported out of the box.

Want to Be on the Show?

We are always looking for new people to be featured on the show. You don’t have to be an “expert” in anything. Just be prepared to chat with us about anything interesting about DNN, no matter how big or small.

Please let me know in the comments or via email if you’d like to be on DNN Hangout (or if you know of someone that should be on the show).

Next Episode

That’s already happened.  See the next post about the next episode. 

Site/Extension of the Month

We’re always looking for sites or extensions to feature in this segment. Please let me know if you’d like for me to do a quick segment on one of your sites or extensions.

DNN 8 Overview for Developers

Show Notes

If any links are missing from the show notes, you can blame Joe.  But if you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to update the post with any missing links.

ChrisHammond.com
Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:07:45 AM

VS2015-Templates

I’ve been maintaining my DotNetNuke Visual Studio project templates for a number of years now, one of the things they have sorely been lacking is the ability to “customize” the templates without having to crack open the full source code of the VSIX project, making changes, and then recompiling everything. There are 5 specific strings/values that were ripe for customization, but simply were not easily accessible.

  • Root NameSpace – The Namespace for the project, all of the files were populated with this namespace.
  • Owner Name – A DNN Manifest property that is used to provide information on who either developed the module, or commissioned the module development. This also gets used in all of the Copyright statements built into the templates.
  • Owner Email – Another DNN Manifest property, used to provide an Email address for contacting the owner/developer of a module.
  • Owner Website – The URL of the package’s owner, for further contact and information.
  • Local DEV URL – The URL of your local development environment.

Of all of those items, the one that has likely caused the most headache over the years is the Local DEV URL property, that was set at DNNDEV.ME, which if you followed along with my various tutorials, was the URL I always use for local development, that domain name points to 127.0.0.1. This actually works out great, but some people choose not to follow my tutorials or already have existing development environments configured, yet still want to use my templates. You could still use them, but you had to make some modifications to the PROJ files after creation in order to get things working.

With the latest release of the templates, when you create a project using one of the 6 included templates, you will then be prompted with a Wizard interface (single step) that will allow you to customize these fields.

TemplateCapture

As always, you can download the latest “release” of the templates from the DNN Store, or from the Visual Studio Online Gallery if you want to get creative, you can check out the Repo on GitHub

PowerDNN Blog
Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:30:08 PM
New DotNetNuke plans, improved specs, and new DNN VPS hosting options The PowerDNN team has unveiled new options and new plans across its full-range of product offerings. The new plans showcase a continued commitment to the DNN community. DNN hosting is here to stay and the entire PowerDNN Team has worked behind-the-scenes for months doing […]
DNN Connect
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 11:20:00 AM

DNN Connect 2016 has just opened its doors. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of last year’s DNN conference held in the South of France: DNN Connect 2015. We hope to repeat this success in Girona, Spain (just North of Barcelona) with DNN Connect 2016. This event will bring together DNN’ers from all over the planet in a rural, relaxed atmosphere to talk DNN. We feel there is no better way to network then over a good meal, with a fine wine surrounded by like-minded spirits. The top minds of DNN will be there to talk to you about the latest in DNN and ASP.NET. But we also encourage people to speak about how they’re running their business, how they leverage DNN to maximize their benefits. The opportunity we present is to bring all of you together and give you ample time to socialize.

DNN Connect
Monday, February 01, 2016 10:16:22 AM

We’ve just opened registration for our upcoming event in Spain. Now’s the time to think about presentations you may want to bring to your fellow DNN’ers. We’ve opened up a page where you can submit proposals. Note you need to log in to be able to add new sessions.

DNN Connect
Monday, January 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Announcing 2sxc 8.1 which has best-in-industry WYSIWYG experience (incl. drag-drop image and document-upload), a template editor with Sherlock-Snippets, ADAM 1.2 with file and folder metadata and more. 

ChrisHammond.com
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:29:35 PM
With the release of DNN Platform 8 last week it is now possible to develop modules using SPA and MVC patterns within the DNN platform. As Part of the buildup of the DNN 8 release, Will Strohl provided a Pull request to my DNN Extension Project Templates project to help clean up some of the basic module templates to work better on Windows Azure environments, and to prep them for inclusion of new DNN 8 specific templates for SPA and MVC modules. Early in the fall Joe Brinkman provided a partial SPA project, with the intention of it becoming a project template. I had a little time when it was initially submitted to work on it, but wasn’t able to get everything squared away on the template until early December. It wasn’t until last week that I got additional time to do further testing on the template and fix a few issues that occurred during the conversion to a project template.
DNN Connect
Monday, January 18, 2016 2:39:20 AM

So after extensive evaluation (parts 1, 2 and 3) and integration and design (part 4 & 5) I really want to add value. It's time to integrated ADAM - the Automatic Digital Asset Manager.

DNN Connect
Monday, January 18, 2016 2:37:25 AM

So after extensive evaluation (parts 1, 2 and 3) and basic integration and design (part 4) it was time for some advanced issues. In this case, DNN integration.

DNN Connect
Monday, January 18, 2016 2:34:00 AM

After evaluating over 50 editors and deciding to give TinyMCE a try, it's time to integrate it into 2sxc as a replacement for Telerik. Turned out to be easier than I thought…

DNN Connect
Monday, January 18, 2016 2:33:20 AM

There are over 100 WYSIWYG editors out in the wild. So it's important to filter them based on the critical criteria (mostly management criteria). Here's the full and short-list.

DNN Connect
Monday, January 18, 2016 2:32:08 AM

Whenever you need to evaluate something, the most important thing is determining what will define a winner. See if you agree/disagree, as this criteria will affect the choice of recommended WYSIWYG.

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