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Effority is "King of the Forge"

Effority/Benjamin Hermann is the undisputed "King of the Forge" and I doubt that I will ever catch him. However, you might.

IWeb along with "Code Endeavors DotNetNuke Templates for C# and VB.NET" was one of the first two projects when the Forge was created. Two months later, Benjamin started creating projects for the Forge.

Then Effority released EALO.

It was like signing Michael Jordan to your team. This module puts up such huge numbers no current module comes close. A year ago the module would get about 30 downloads a week. Two days ago it got over 50 downloads in one day. Not only is it the number one DotNetNuke module in the Forge but it's gaining speed.

As of 5/25/2009 lets look at the numbers for the 1st two pages in the DotNetNuke Forge:

Person Project Votes Downloads
Benjamin Hermann Ealo - Localization for DotNetNuke 57 7526
Jon Henning Code Endeavors DotNetNuke Templates for C# and VB.NET 101 4768
Ian Lackey/Michael Washington IWeb - DotNetNuke WebServices Module 121 3905
Oliver Hine Weather 80 3790
William Severance Image Upload and Editor Control 88 3094
Philipp Becker Magic Content 44 3036
David Lee NB_Store - Free DotNetNuke Ecommerce Catalog Module 14 2840
Benjamin Hermann User Directory Module for DotNetNuke 51 2837
Philipp Becker dot.CRM 64 1766
barbus DNN Content Builder WCMS 8 1508
Donald Peter Downloads 22 1160
ErikVB DotNetNuke IdentitySwitcher 36 1128
Benjamin Hermann Workflow HTML / Versioning HTML Module for DotNetNuke 2 1058
Charles Nurse The Family Tree project 25 1013
Chris Hammond DnnCart - An open source shopping cart for DotNetNuke 82 1007
Ian Lackey/Michael Washington IWebCF - DotNetNuke WCF Services Module 3 994
CurlyFro Dotnetnuke Upcoming Events Addon 7 820
Philip Beadle TestDrivenDNNModule 6 751
Ian Lackey/Michael Washington SilverlightDesktop for DotNetNuke 6 696
Charles Nurse DotNetNuke Module Toolkit 18 692

Now let's look at it by individual:

Person Downloads
Benjamin Hermann 11421
Ian Lackey/Michael Washington 5595
Philipp Becker 4802
Jon Henning 4768
Oliver Hine 3790
William Severance 3094
David Lee 2840

It's not even close. Effority/Benjamin has more than twice the downloads of the nearest competitor (Ian and myself). Ian and I still have 10 more votes than Effority's projects but I expect that statistic will soon be history in a few weeks.

The reason I shake my head in amazement at these huge numbers is that the DotNetNuke Forge is a open even playing field. Anyone can create a project by just clicking on this link. When Effority dominates the field so decisively they have entered the arena with every module developer in the world and have emerged as number one.

Why Count the Numbers?

When you're giving software away for free you do it because you want people to use it. The more people the better. You also challenge yourself to become a better programmer. You will think twice about taking a shortcut when you know someone can easily look at your source code on and post to the DotNetNuke Forum how stupid your method was on line 437 in "View.ascx.cs".

When you're up against other candidates for a job, the fact that 10,000 people are using your code might just put you ahead of the other candidates. The last time I was out interviewing for a job half the people I interviewed with were using Open Source code I wrote. Needless to say the only question was how much they could pay me not if I was qualified for the job.

The Era of the "Houses"

About a year ago I did a blog post about the "We are Entering the DNN Forge Era". I see a lot of great projects in the past year an I think the Forge is getting stronger every day. In the future I think you will see more programmers banding together and forming "Collectives" or "Houses".

There are no set rules for programmers working together but more can be accomplished when they do work together. You will notice I lump Ian Lackey and myself together because we are able to support more projects by working together. We have some really cool stuff we are working on that I would never consider if I were working alone.

A Level Playing Field

Yes you can put your module in the DNN Marketplace or try to become a "Snow Covered Millionaire", but to set yourself apart from all the other modules out there you may want to pluck down some money and buy yourself one of the ads you see to the right of this blog. The "big players" are serious and those ads are not cheap.

To compete in the Forge you only need to write a good module and support it. You don't even need to host a website, will give you all the tools you need absolutely free.

Anyone can create a project by just clicking on this link.


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