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DNN Digest - November 2018

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Editor's Note

As we head into fall, the DNN Community continues to thrive. The DNN TAG recently had the long term planning meeting and it was a timely meeting as some of Microsoft’s recent announcements factored into the discussion and strategic plans for DNN platform. It’s great to see the passionate debate and discussion among community members about the future of DNN.

Speaking of the future of DNN, did you know that the roadmap for DNN is publicly available? The DNN Platform Roadmap resides in the community area of the website and is a great place to get a glimpse of both the short term and long term plans for DNN. The roadmap is being actively maintained and November will see a lot of work being done on DNN 9.3.0 with the code-freeze date targeting 11/23. Keep an eye on the roadmap page to stay in the loop!

One area where we’ve seen an awesome display of open source community contributions is in the core modules development team! They continue to impress with their consistency and dedication, updating what used to be known as the “core” DNN modules. These modules are used on a lot of DNN sites and it’s great to see them being actively maintained and updated. Thanks to Daniel Valadas, Ernst Peter Tamminga, and the Core Modules team for their continued efforts in this area. The community is impressed with and appreciates your contributions!

The core modules development team inspires others to get involved and contribute. Did you know that you can get contribute to DNN simply by posting your thoughts on issues? The community can greatly benefit from everyone’s perspective and we have several issues marked with the tag “Request for Comments” which means we need your feedback! Journey on over to the DNN Platform issues tab on GitHub and share your thoughts on any issue(s) you like.

And lastly, did you realize that last month’s DNN Digest was the 1 year anniversary of the newsletter? I post past editions of DNN Digest in the community section of the site and this newsletter started last year in October. It’s hard to believe it’s been one year already. I hope you feel the newsletter adds value for you. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see more or less of in the DNN Digest.



DNN Digest November 2018 Upcpoming Events

Nov 15th, 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 be a double-header featuring Southern Fried’s very own Clint Patterson presenting on one of Microsoft’s latest technologies, Blazor, in a session titled “Scratching the Surface with Blazor”.

The second part of the meeting will feature DNN MVP Mike Smeltzer presenting on the latest and greatest with DNN Shine control panel. Mike has made some nice updates to his control panel and we are eager to see his progress at this meeting.

Register for the Meetup


December, 2018
Live-Streamed Online

The Toronto based DNN User Group, TADUG, will host their monthly meeting in December (stay tuned in to the TADUG Meetup page for the specific date). The meeting will feature DNN MVP Mike Smeltzer who is making his rounds on the speaking circuit! This presentation is titled “The DNN Building Blocks” and will be a high-level walkthrough of what building blocks are available to solution designers and developers when building solutions on the DNN Platform. This Meet Up will touch upon the common extensions such as modules and themes but also jump into more unknown areas such as analytic providers, system events, connectors and more!

Register for the Meetup


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

DNN Summit logoDNN Summit 2019 is returning to Denver Colorado and it will be here before you know it! Registration is open, speakers have been contacted, are confirming their sessions, and should be listed on the site soon. Register now to get the best rates for the conference!

Register for DNN Summit


DNN Digest November 2018 Spotlight

Spotlight: DNN Hangout is Back!

Do you remember DNN Hangout? DNN Awareness Ecosystem Advisory Group leader Will Strohl has revived the DNN Hangout and has kicked off the series with the first meeting featuring co-host Ralph Williams and DNN MVP and open source enthusiast David Poindexter! It’s really great to see DNN Hangout back in action. Kudos to Will for making this happen. See the replay of the first Hangout and get relevant links in Will’s blog about the meeting.


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Featured Content: How to Test an RC (Release Candidate) by David Poindexter

Have you ever wondered if you could help out and make DNN better? Testing a release candidate is one way you can contribute and it only takes a few clicks, no code involved! David Poindexter posted a great blog titled “Simple 10-Step Testing for DNN Platform Release Candidates” outlining the ways anyone can help test a Release Candidate.

Screenshot of the blog by David Poindexter

Project Updates November 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.

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DNN Platform GitHub Insights


DNN Community Projects
There were some recent releases and updates in the community projects area that I’d like to highlight. Thanks to the maintainers and contributors for continued work on these extensions, the community is appreciative!

New Releases:

DNN Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

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

November Spotlight: XCESS
XCESS Logo XCESS is a software company based in Leusden, the Netherlands. We build web applications and apps for mid-size organisations in various sectors. We use Microsoft technology only and have been building on DNN since 2005. DNN is our framework for developing custom web applications. We combine DNN’s strong modular architecture and its open but secure .NET foundation with front-end tools and libraries like AngularJS, TypeScript and SignalR to create robust web applications that also provide a great user experience. As a promotor of open source, XCESS has made multiple contributions the DNN community such as modules, translations and DNN Connect talks. Our CEO Ernst Peter Tamminga has been rewarded DNN MVP for several years now. Recent projects include, a community platform of volunteers for sport events like the Swimming World Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race finish. It’s both a public website and a planning tool which enables the Eventmakers team to organize large events with hundreds of volunteers.

Learn more about XCESS


DNN Digest November 2018 Featured Tweets

Featured Tweets

Ryan Moore tweeted about his cross-country trip and a dinner with Kelly Ford of DNN Dev.

Ryan Moore tweeted about his cross-country trip and a dinner with Kelly Ford of DNN Dev

Will Strohl tweeted about a recent experience working with OpenContent.

Will Strohl tweeted about a recent experience working with OpenContent.

David Poindexter tweeted about his open source contributions for Hacktoberfest..

David Poindexter tweeted about his open source contributions for Hacktoberfest.


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