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Pluggable Admin Modules

In DNN v3 we extracted the Desktop Modules into their own projects (and more recently we have created separate Project teams for these modules).  IMO these have been a great success.

One of our Roadmap ideas for a while has been to do the same with Admin Modules.  ie to extract them into their own project.  Some of our admin/Host modules are rarely used - they are not required to run the application in most situations. 

Recently, there have been some suggestions in the forums that the ability to change admin/host modules would be of interest

This Blog is an attempt to guage the demand/interest in this - I CAN MAKE NO PROMISES.

In theory, this would allow 3rd party Module developers to build better mousetraps, especially for managing Users/Roles/Pages/Modules/Files - any UI provided is subjective.

It would also enable us to package a "light" version that only includes the basic needs for Admin/Host (additional components could be added as neccessary).

A number of things would be needed (the following list is probably not complete):
  1. An ability to configure the Admin/Host menus on install/portal creation - this really is already available for admin menus (through templates).
  2. An ability to add new Admin/Host pages through the UI (as well as delete)
  3. An ability to add new Admin/Host modules to existing Admin/Host pages (as well as delete)
  4. An extension of the Module Installer to install admin/host modules
  5. An extension of the Module Definitions framework to support Admin/Host modules, so the Control Panel "offers" the correct list of modules for Standard/Admin/Host pages
  6. A physical extraction of the code (this is actually easier in .NET 2 - as we will not need any new Class Libraries)
  7. A reorganisation of the Admin folders - 1 module per folder (as with Desktop Modules)
We have already extracted our API into a Class Library for .NET 2, so this process is much cleaner in .NET 2.


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