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DotNetNuke Connections Pre-Conference Training Requirements

If you are attending the pre-conference training for DotNetNuke Connections next week here’s the information you need to know prior to coming to the class!

First off, if you aren’t registered for the training yet get signed up soon! If you are registered for DotNetNuke Connections but not the training you can add the training on, so get to it!

So here’s what you need to know about the training on Monday. We will be developing a module that you can walk away with at the end of the session, in either VB or C#. In the morning session I will go through the basics of what we will be creating, the afternoon will be spent actually building the module in lab sessions. I, as well as other DNN Corp employees, will be walking around helping everyone with the process of doing the building of the module. You can do your development in either C# or VB, whatever you choose, we will provide source code examples and support for both.

For the lab sessions here’s what you need to bring, the more prepared you are the easier things will be, and the faster you’ll be able to build the basic module, if you get done quickly we’ll have plenty of “enhancements” you can make to add additional features to your code.

  1. A laptop
  2. Software Requirements/Recommendations
    1. Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 (Recommendation is Windows 7)
    2. Visual Studio 2008/2010 or Express editions (Recommendation is a full version of VS 2008 or 2010)
    3. Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008/Express (Recommendation is full version of 2008)
    4. SQL Server Management Studio (express edition is fine as well)
    5. .NET 3.5 SP1
    6. DotNetNuke 5.5.1

We will be doing development on the latest release of DNN (5.5.1), you can go ahead and download either the SOURCE package or the INSTALL package before the training, though I will have some thumb drives to help distribute content to everyone in the case that we don’t have WIFI in the training room (I think we will).

I would encourage you to go ahead and get your development environment setup before you show up to the training, while we will have some time to do this, if you have this working properly before hand it will make everyone’s day go more smoothly. For how to configure your development environment check out this blog post I did in June. Don’t worry about the other posts in the Series, we will be providing you different module development templates for this training session than what I posted in the series.


The training starts at 9am and goes until 4pm, but I will likely be in the room around 730am, so if you want to show up early please feel free to do so, I can assist you with getting your development environment setup or any other DNN struggles you might be having. I don’t know what room we are in yet, but if you want to follow me on Twitter (christoc) I will post the info on Monday morning when I figure out where we are.

I would also encourage you to tweet and look for the #DNNCON hash tag next week, there will be lots going on with attendees and announcements and such that likely go out as well.


Don’t forget about the Community event on Wednesday night, it is ONLY For DotNetNuke Connections attendees, so if you signed up for ASP.NET Connections or one of the other Connections conferences be sure to switch over to DNNCON when you check in at the conference! There are a TON of prizes that will be given away that night, I hope I can win but I’m not sure I’ll be eligible!


Also stay tuned to another announcement I will blog about later this week about Movember and how you can participate. If you don’t know what Movember is check out and get you upper lips ready! It’s time to change the face of men’s health!


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