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DNN Digest - September 2018

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Editor's Note

The DNN ecosystem has continued along the path of progress and the momentum is great to see. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes in the Technology Advisory Group making it easier for the community to contribute to the platform. One of the main tasks they’ve been undertaking is to get continuous integration and continuous delivery in place. This work is impressive to see and will help a great deal with automation. Think about making a pull request which then results in a build process that will run tests indicating if your updates failed or passed. It’s a great win for efficiency for our community and project.

In other news EVS, the extension verification system, has been open sourced. This is another win for the community and you can read the details in a blog by Ash Prasad. The DNN TAG has also published the 9.2.2 release candidate which is out there for testing. Be sure to test the RC and provide feedback.

In a previous DNN Digest I interviewed Daniel Valadas who has led the initiative to get all core modules current on 9.2. Daniel has recently made another stellar contribution in creating a YouTube video playlist for how someone can get started with DNN and GitHub. These videos go from A to Z and are very thorough. If you wish to get involved with making code contributions to the platform this video series is a great place to start. Check out the video playlist on YouTube.

Earlier this week DNN Corp CEO, Andy Tryba, presented at the quarterly Virtual User Conference. One of his updates was that another solution has been added to the DNN Prime offering, Manuscript, which is a Fog Creek software. If you are a DNN Prime customer then you now have access to this solution in the portfolio.

And finally, we were excited to see the team from Foremost Media announce the first annual DNN Website Awards. Shared in a blog this week, the DNN Website Awards looks to celebrate the best designed and developed DNN websites in the world. This is another example of community members stepping up and giving back to the ecosystem and it’s great to see. So be sure to submit your best DNN websites at by October 31st!



DNN Digest September 2018 Upcpoming Events

Sept 20th, 2018
Southern Fried DNN
Charlotte, NC & Live-Streamed Online

DNN Connect logoThe Charlotte based DNN User Group, Southern Fried DNN, will host their monthly meeting next Thursday. This meeting will feature Southern Fried’s own Ryan Moore who will discuss several options for structured content in DNN. Ryan will demonstrate and explain both the DNN Evoq Liquid Content solution and comparable Community solutions including DNNSharp API Endpoint & XMod Pro, 2SXC, Form & List, etc. This meeting will be live-streamed to the greater DNN Community.

Register for the Meetup


Oct 3rd, 2018
Live-Streamed Online

The Toronto area DNN User Group, TADUG, will host their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd. The meeting is all about DNN Prompt and the meeting head line is “On Being Prompt or Learning to Love the Command Line”.

If you haven’t explored or heard of Prompt yet, now’s the time. It has been called the most significant addition to DNN in recent memory and the creator of Prompt, Kelly Ford, will show you what it is, why it is, and how you can use it to get more done in less time.

Register for the Meetup


Feb 19-21st, 2019
DNN Summit
Denver, Colorado

DNN Summit logoDNN Summit 2019 is returning to Denver Colorado. The conference dates have been announced and the Call for Speakers is open for one more day. Submit your sessions ASAP and stay tuned for more info on DNN Summit! Conference registration will be starting soon...

Submit Your Sessions to DNNSummit


DNN Digest September 2018 Spotlight

Spotlight: DNN Open Friday

DeskPal’s DNN Rockstar and DNN MVP Aderson Oliveira has recently launched something called “DNN Open Friday” which is a live meeting where community members can engage which each other and receive hands-on help in real time. If you are looking to get past some issue or just want help or want to help other community members, feel free to join


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Featured Content: DNN as an Azure Web App

Have you ever wanted to run DNN as an Azure Web App? If so, Andrew Hoefling’s recent blog may be of interest to you. In this blog entry Andrew walks through, step by step, how to get DNN running as an Azure web app. It’s great content… thanks for sharing Andrew!

See the blog: DNN as an Azure Web App

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Project Updates September 2018

Project Updates

This section highlights updates and contributions to the DNN Core platform and to open source extensions plus we provide details around projects that have recently updated.

DNN Platform
The DNN Technology Advisory Group has posted the 9.2.2 release candidate so be sure to download it, kick the tires, and test it out. The final version should be released soon so stay tuned..

DNN Platform GitHub Insights


DNN Community Projects
In the community projects area area we’ve got a few updates to announce…

  • David Poindexter has released nvQuickPulse which is a fully open source mobile app project that will make it easy to keep up with all things open source in this great DNN Community. You can find a YouTube Demo of the mobile app and also find it in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and on GitHub.
  • Jay Mathis has released a new version of the X3 Advanced URL Management module which you can find on GitHub.
  • Daniel Valadas released a new version of the Announcements module which fixes a few bugs. Check it out on GitHub.

DNN Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight: Engage Software

In this section we’ll feature a DNN Partner and discuss the partner’s firm and any feature projects that show off DNN.

Engage Software Logo This month we’re featuring Advanced level DNN Partner, Engage Software. Founded in 1999, Engage is a leading DNN service provider specializing in enterprise-level web development, front-end design and back-end configurations and integrations. Engage is also a Microsoft Certified Silver Partner. You may recognize some of Engage’s employees who are active in the community. Chief Technical Officer, Brian Dukes, earned DNN MVP in 2012. He and Creative Director, Anthony Overkamp, have been featured speakers at DNN Summit.

Areas of specialization
Engage Software specializes in 3rd party system integrations such as association management software, customer relationship management systems (CRMs), financial software, and inventory management systems. While Engage serves a wide variety of industries, the majority of their work is in the fields of financial services, healthcare, retail, transportation and software.

Due to the significant number of integrations of leading .Net-based association management systems (AMS), the Engage leadership saw a need for an AMS targeted to meet the needs of small- to mid-sized organizations. And thus, launched Engage AMS built on DNN. Engage Software also offers Engage Sports, a DNN-based platform that serves the software and online needs of sports league management.

Engage’s Journey with DNN
Since adopting DNN in 2003, Engage Software has launched well over 1,000 sites and in 2008 became DNN Corporation’s Official Training Provider. In 2010, DNN acquired the training business and resources. Presently, Engage remains DNN’s longest-standing partner and continues to provide customized DNN training, design, development and strategy to our clients.

Recent Projects
Engage leveraged the DNN multi-site management solution to provide companies, such as Heartland Dental, True Value Hardware, and Dominion Powersports solutions to manage their hundreds to thousands of locations, offices, and dealerships. These tools allow administrators to create content once and share it across the sites. Where needed, these solutions have also enabled centralized grouping and management of these sites and their users.

Learn more about Engage Software


DNN Digest September 2018 Featured Tweets

Featured Tweets

Oliver Hine tweeted about updates to the Persona Bar.

Oliver Hine tweeted about updates to the Persona Bar.

David Poindexter tweeted hinting about a new open source solution he’s working on.

David Poindexter tweeted hinting about a new open source solution he’s working on.

Andrew Hoefling tweeted about using DNN and symlinks.

Andrew Hoefling tweeted about using DNN and symlinks.


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