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Improving DNN: How we fixed DNN's built-in extension system only showing the first file for a product

weweave is not only providing modules which extend DNN's range of functions. We also actively support the development of the DNN CMS software itself.

Last week, we discovered a bug in DNN's functionality for purchasing and installing new modules from within the CMS: As an extension publisher, you can make multiple versions of your module available for download. This is quite useful for customers if you employ a license model like we do: Our customers get one year of free updates for DNN Dynamic Roles. Thus, we're required to make older versions of our module available as well. We can't just delete old versions from the list of available downloads.

However, DNN's extension page (tab "Purchased Extensions") only showed the first download option. After talking this over with DNN's support team, it became obvious that this is not the desired behaviour, but a bug in the DNN software.

We fixed this bug in DNN's source code, created a pull request on GitHub, and informed the support team. Our pull request has already been labeled "in progress". Hopefully the fix will be included in one of the next releases.

This is how the list of "Purchased Extensions" looks like after the fix is applied:

More information:

This post has been crossposted to the weweave blog.

Comments

Beth Firebaugh
Thanks! What a great example of seeing something that needs to be done and taking the initiative to do it!
Beth Firebaugh Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:14 AM (link)
cathal connolly
thanks Jan - Nathan (from the store team) and I discussed this bug earlier this month and were debating whether to fix it on the store end (by returning only the latest version) or the platform end (by showing all available versions) - your pull request was a pleasant surprise and much appreciated.
cathal connolly Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:11 AM (link)
Jan Jonas
Thanks for your feedback cathal. IMHO this bug should be fixed in the platform. When creating a product in the store you can provide an arbitrary number of files and these files should be available in the DNN platform. One could image to provide additional files such as Manuals which are not marked as deployable. If you show only the most recent file, additional resources (like manuals) could hide the (deployable) installation file.
As an alternative (to improve the usability) one could think about grouping the files on the "Purchased Extensions" tab by the package name.
Jan Jonas Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:39 AM (link)
Sebastian Leupold
great job, Jan!
Please continue contributing :)
Sebastian Leupold Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:27 PM (link)

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