After becoming a new core team member, I have been asked to blog about my role within this team; there is a difficulty, as the boards state in the reception form, that they "would like to leave the option open to determine what additional responsibility would best suit your preferences and the needs of the project over the next few weeks" - since this has not made out yet, I will spread out my ideas, how I would like to use my skills for improving the DotNetNuke core project.
Of course I will continue to care for User Defined Table module, trying to get out soon a next release, which shall be the last feature release, before we are reworking the module for DNN 4 - with a new architecture, a new extended application field and many improvements.
Besides I will care for a sunset version of Contacts, that will migrate all existing module instances into UserDefinedTable modules. I will blog about this separately.
Colaborating in the developement of DNN, I would like to focus on usability - IMO an aspect of high importance, that in general is often neglected by developers (unfortunately), and even DotNetNuke has some options for improvement. One result shall be an improved URL control.
Another extension of the framework I will try to work on are additional functions for module developers - in the projects, there are currently several solutions for the same task (e.g. creation of thumbnails), that I would like to see consolidated in the core, making it easier to create feature-rich modules in less time. Stefan and I have already worked on a core extension for token replacement - we will blog, when it will be integrated in the core framework.
The third area of my interest is making DNN fully multi-language enabled. This is not only due to the fact, that I am non-English tongued (please apologize for any mistakes in my posts) but I am also providing more than 400 German language packs for Core and module versions, that would get a wider acceptance, if we could support multiple languages in the core.
Last but not least I will try to keep contact with the community by participating in the forums. So, there is a lot to do, but I look forward to these new areas of activity - and expect to get support and feedback from you as well.