This month we had the pleasure to speak with Mitchel Sellers. He’s a long-time DNN supporter and advocate. Aside from being a DNN and Microsoft MVP, he’s literally written the book on extending DNN through modules. He’s regularly found at community events, and pretty much everywhere online, attempting to help people with their C# and DNN needs.
In this episode, we have the pleasure to speak with another veteran of the DNN community, Mandeep Singh. Mandeep is the CEO and founder of Mandeeps, one of the most successful and seasoned vendors in the DNN ecosystem. Like some of our previous guests, Mandeep has been using DNN since the beginning – and it shows. He and his team have been extremely successful in building up a large following of customers due to their focus on usability and support. As you’ll soon find out, they are raising the bar with the latest Live Forms release.
Practice makes perfect, right? At least that’s what “they” say. In this case, we attempted to do a special edition DNN Hangout about DNN and GitHub. Unfortunately, the first time we did it, we only showed a single screen. So we did it again! In this hangout, we focus on the process and steps that are performed when you contribute to the DNN GitHub project. This will be helpful to not only understand the process, but also get some ideas for process in your own projects.
We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now. The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem. This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior. We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas. In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.
This month, we talk to our first Microsoft employee, Jared Shockley. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t technically a Microsoft employee when we originally scheduled him to appear as a guest speaker. We spoke to Jared about how he found DNN, what it was and is like to work for Microsoft (since this is his second time with the company), and we dive into some of the first things you need to know before starting with Microsoft Azure.
With DNN 7.4 coming out on our scheduled broadcast of this month’s DNN Hangout, it only made sense for us to switch things around and talk about the release. There are several nuggets of goodness that the community will enjoy in 7.4. We spent this entire DNN Hangout talking about what went into the latest DNN release and what it means to you.
One of my favorite things about the DNN community is meeting new people and learning about what they’re doing with DNN. I first stumbled across Aaron Lopez a few years ago when he submitted himself for the first DNN Super Fan Contest. Unfortunately, he didn’t win, but his entry was good enough for me to remember who he was. Since then, he has been contributing to the DNN community a lot through twitter. Perhaps other places as well, but that’s where I see him. One day, he announced a new site that their company released and I couldn’t tell it was DNN. I had to learn more. This led to him publishing a blog on the topic and then he and his brother volunteered to come on the show to talk about some of the things they’ve learned with DNN.
As one of the more prominent producers of DNN video content, it seemed only logical that we should invite Aderson Oliveira of DNNHero to come and speak to us. He instantly suggested that we speak about templates in DNN and how they can be used to streamline content creation. As a huge fan of templates myself, I was excited about his presentation immediately. Not only did he not disappoint, but he covered nearly every aspect on this topic. So much so, that Joe and I really didn’t have any questions – and neither did our audience!
I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Mettler in Italy this past June. He is quite easily one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Once we began broadcasting the DNN Hangout shows, I could not wait to schedule Daniel for an interview, and while we had to wait for a while, Daniel did not disappoint with his interview and presentation. He even performed his demo on his live 2 Sexy Content website. During his interview, we learned about how 2sic became a company, killing pigs, spear fishing – oh, and we spoke about DNN as well!
We’ve just gotten done with the October episode of DNNHangout – this time featuring longtime DNN community member and skin designer, Tracy Wittenkeller. You may or may not have heard of Tracy, but he’s the man behind the team that brings you T-Worx and DNN Magazine. Chance are that you’ve already used or purchase one of his skins at some point. Tracy walks us through some new and exciting techniques that his company is applying to their new skins to help use contemporary design techniques, while at the same time making the content editing experience accessible to the average content editor. From what we could see, he’s taken this a long way to fill in that gap and by using a lot of existing DNN features!