I got my wife an HTC EVO last weekend (way cool, by the way). Her first stop? The Android Market to load up on all of her favorite apps for getting information and staying connected. But why is that interesting?
From a technology standpoint, my wife is like many people who kind of skipped web surfing and moved right into the wide world of mobile computing. My 13 year old son is right behind her, although you now know ahead of him that he's getting my wife's old HTC Hero as a "back to school" gift! It'll be his first phone and he's likely never to experience a laptop at all in favor of a tablet device. Bottom line is... if there's not an app for it my wife, my son and likely many of your prospects may never see your offerings. Innovate or perish.
DotNetNuke has always been a destination for innovators. Open source, generously BSD licensed, highly extensible, solid ASP.Net platform, lots of resources both free and commercial, examples and helpful community members and the availability of professional and enterprise options... it's no wonder that more than 600,000 websites have chosen DotNetNuke as their platform for innovation. But what about mobile?
DotNetNuke has always been a "mobile friendly" platform! This month we've set out to both demonstrate that for you and help you do it for yourself. We've started conducting a bi-monthly "Hackathon" to showcase community innovation and the theme for this round is Mobile DotNetNuke! In addition to accepting community contributions, we're also launching a mobile application ourselves for keeping up with the DotNetNuke Community called DNN Pulse. Source code for this application and every Hackathon project is freely available under BSD license from the DotNetNuke Forge.
DNN Pulse is being developed on the open source Appcelerator Titanium platform. Initially rolled out only for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 7 versions are in progress and before long you'll be able to find these applications in their respective online marketplaces. On Friday you'll be able to take a look at all of the Hackathon entries, download and install them on your devices and vote for your favorite (there are prizes at stake)!
We're excited about helping you innovate beyond the web and into mobile computing powered by DotNetNuke! In the coming months you can expect us to continue our community emphasis on mobile; see an increasing number of mobile projects in the DotNetNuke Forge; read many more blogs on web service deployment and mobile application development; and see your favorite DotNetNuke extensions become more mobile accessible.
Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7... Meet DotNetNuke? Oh, I see you've already met! We look forward to spending more time with you both!