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Baby Steps


The ideal way to move open source projects forward is by frequently issuing updated builds during the course of a release. The expectation is that community members install these builds, trial the new functionality, and report back on how things work and/or make fixes to the updated code. A successful beta program engages the user community in helping to improve the product by identifying issues early in the development cycle. Unfortunately, expectations don’t often match reality.

Today there is too much friction for users. It’s not that there haven’t been community members interested in the updated builds. Rather, they’ve been reluctant to reinstall the product each time a new build is made available. Upgrading a site can involve lengthy testing to ensure that custom modules continue to work properly and that the site skin didn’t break due to a CSS change in the platform. Fortunately, the requirement to reinstall the DNN Platform each time an interim build is released is now a thing of the past.

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Sep 01
By: Joe Brinkman

DNN 8.0.0 CTP 4

DNNReleaseOver the last month the DNN team has been hard at work on DNN 8.  DNN 8 is a big release with a lot of bug fixes, improvements and new features. Many of the DNN 8 changes involve improving the platform architecture to make it easier to maintain as well as providing greater control to users on what features get installed.  We are also working to make it easier to extend DNN in new and interesting ways.  In previous CTPs we introduced new module types, added additional security options for Web Services, started the process of separating admin functions into standalone modules, and introduced a brand new content management option. CTP 4 is focused on three main features: 1) OAuth server support 2) CKEditor as the default HTML Editor 3) Separation of admin modules.

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Aug 31
By: Joe Brinkman

DNN Hangout - August 2015 - Understanding the DNN Platform Source Code

Every now and again, we’ll throw in a special episode of DNN Hangout, where we talk about something that we believe will be extra beneficial to the community.  Sometimes this will have one or more special guests attached to it, sometimes it won’... Continue Reading »
Aug 27
By: Will Strohl

DNN Hangout - August 2015 - Introducing Aricie’s PortalKeeper Module

It’s always exciting for me to meet someone in the DNN community that I haven’t met before.  This hangout is one of those times.  In this hangout, we speak with Jess (or Jean-Sylvain Boige) of Aricie.  He’s the CTO of Aricie and the ge... Continue Reading »
Aug 24
By: Will Strohl

Making the Control Panel (Mostly) Accessible on Mobile Devices

Have you ever attempted to make a change to a DNN website from a mobile device only to find you can't access the "Edit Page" section of the Control Panel?  Ideally it would be great if the Control Panel were responsive.  However, until that time comes, there is a quick workaround we have used... Continue Reading »
Aug 22
By: David Poindexter

DNN 7.4.2 Beta

DNNReleaseI am pleased to announce that DNN 7.4.2 Beta has been released.  DNN 7.4.2 is almost complete and we are just doing some cleanup and testing before our planned September release. We currently going through some performance testing and will likely include a couple more fixes before our final release.  In the meantime, we thought it would be good to give the community a chance to take a look at the 7.4.2 release and let us know if there are any show stopping issues we might have missed. 

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Aug 06
By: Joe Brinkman

Vendor Interview: Will Strohl, Co-owner @ Hotcakes Commerce

Vendor Interview: Will Strohl, Co-owner @ Hotcakes CommerceThis is an interview I have recorded with Will Strohl, Co-owner and Director Of Product Development @ Hotcakes Commerce, an ecommerce solution for DNN. Continue Reading »
Jul 29
By: Aderson Oliveira

DNN 8.0.0 CTP 3

DNNReleaseSince early spring, the DNN Platform team and the DNN community have been hard at work on DNN 8. In this major platform release we are looking to dramatically reshape how DNN is delivered and to provide great new capabilities that make it easier for site owners to build and maintain websites and applications. We are also providing new capabilities to make it easier for developers to leverage modern technologies to create DNN extensions.

I am happy to announce the release of DNN 8.0 CTP 3. This release is focused on delivering the new Dynamic Content Type Manager and incremental update support.

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Jul 20
By: Joe Brinkman

DNN Hangout - July 2015 - How Many Ways Can You Extend DNN?

This month we had the pleasure to speak with Mitchel Sellers.  He’s a long-time DNN supporter and advocate.  Aside from being a DNN and Microsoft MVP, he’s literally written the book on extending DNN through modules.  He&rs... Continue Reading »
Jul 17
By: Will Strohl

Auto tweet DNN Community blogs?

How can you auto-tweet a new blog entry that appears in the DNN Community blog?

That can be easily done with IFTTT.

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Jul 15
By: Ernst Peter Tamminga
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