Man… What a year. Really. A lot of things have happened, and it’s already 1/4 of the way over. The best part is that we have a brand spanking new release of DotNetNuke that features social features for all editions of DNN in the 6.2 release. That release is right around the corner, and DNN Corp folks have been busy blogging about 6.2 features quite regularly. But wait, there’s more! That’s right… This is my elevator pitch, or boardwalk pitch. You choose. Just don’t call me Billy Mays or Vince Shlomi. Go ahead, look them up. One was great but passed away, and the other. Well, let’s just not go there.
DNN 6.2 is Around the Corner
There are a ton of new capabilities coming in version 6.2 of DNN that include two huge areas: social, and service framework. The social topic is big enough at this point that we all understand it even if it’s only from a high level, but the service framework is the beginning of a much broader area that developers will simply love!
This release marks the long anticipated integration of the beloved Active Social suite of social capabilities. You see, a little over a year ago, DNN Corp acquired Active Modules, and their most popular app offering was a suite of features that made up a product called “Active Social.” If you desired, Active Social nearly gives you a Facebook experience within minutes on your own website. However, the features are much more powerful than that. They allow you to build, maintain, and grow communities on your website that center around your brand, cause, or products. This is the most powerful way to market to and engage with your customer base.
The service framework is just the beginning of something bigger, but if you’re the techie type and look under the hood to see what it’s about, you can’t help but geek out over it! The service framework lays the foundation of what will be centering DotNetNuke as your primary point of managing online content, and allowing content to broadcast from, or import to your website. Integrate this feature into your website, and the possibilities are endless, regardless to the device or platform we’re talking about.
Got a PHP web property? So what.
Have a cutting edge handheld device. Check.
Need to integrate with a Java app? Easy.
Want to have two way communication with the next social website? Done.
This and more is what will be possible in the future using the service framework.
All of this is great and all… But how in the world do you learn about how to use any of these new features? What can you do to ensure that you will be productive with these features from day 1? This is where the Day of DotNetNuke Charlotte comes in!
Attend the Day of DotNetNuke
The Day of DotNetNuke has always been and always will be a free event to attend. All you need to do is find a way to get there. Once you do, you will be able to enjoy DotNetNuke swag, sponsored giveaways, numerous DNN sessions, and more. You will also get to meet and chat with some of the very same engineers that built these features. There’s nothing more geeky in the DNN world right now than that! Oh, and don’t forget the always fun DNN After Dark party. If you haven’t found out yet, attend and you will soon find out that the DNN community knows how to have a great time!
Be a Speaker
There are already a variety of speakers for the event, but anyone could potentially be chosen as a speaker. Just create a compelling session abstract about DNN 6.2, or social on DNN, and submit it. This is easily one of the most rewarding ways to give back to the community, and make a name for yourself at the same time.
Be a Sponsor
Sponsors are what make this event great. I’ve said it time and time again. Without the generosity of sponsors, the event wouldn’t be free, and there wouldn’t be all of the great events and freebies that we’ve enjoyed in previous events. If you are interested in sponsoring, just fill out the sponsor form on the website. The DNN community never forgets about the great companies that help support it. This is easily one of the best ways to build and maintain your brand in the DNN ecosystem.
This is all well and good, but what can you expect? Check out this video montage from the Chicago event!
This blog entry is cross-posted from my personal blog site.