This month is a hangout that I’m very proud to have been a part of. For one reason, we announced an exciting DNN 8 module development contest. A contest that will yield some people in the community a lot of cash. The other reason, is that I have the honor of interviewing one of my favorite DNN brothers, Clint Patterson. I think you’ll agree by the end of the hangout – if it takes you that long – that Clint is one of the smartest people in our community, and easily one of the most resourceful, passionate, and sincere members we have. We are lucky to have him in our community.
We had planned to speak with Phillip Becker this month, but he had a personal emergency he had to tend to. We’ll get that rescheduled for you soon… Go figure – we got the technical issues solved, and we loose the speaker. This left us to get creative last minute and come up with a show for you – and we did. In this show, we pull out some of our tips and tricks, in addition to bringing you the typical DNN news.
Every now and again, we’ll throw in a special episode of DNN Hangout, where we talk about something that we believe will be extra beneficial to the community. Sometimes this will have one or more special guests attached to it, sometimes it won’t. In this special episode, Joe Brinkman and I walk through the source code of DNN platform. It’s grown so much over the years that we realize just how intimidating it can be to someone. After watching this hangout, that intimidation should be at a minimum.
It’s always exciting for me to meet someone in the DNN community that I haven’t met before. This hangout is one of those times. In this hangout, we speak with Jess (or Jean-Sylvain Boige) of Aricie. He’s the CTO of Aricie and the genius mind behind the module for DNN called PortalKeeper. I must admit, I didn’t know anything about PortalKeeper before this hangout, but rest assured… this is going to be a pretty standard tool of mine for current and future projects. If you’ve gotten even the beginnings of a technical bone in your body, you’re sure to geek-out just like I did!
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.
It’s been several years since I last updated the skin on my site. Thanks to Ralph Williams, the site is looking really good again and it’s responsive. If you need a new design for your site, I highly recommend him. However, the process to get to this blog post was quite tumultuous – chock full of hours troubleshooting and continuous frustration spread over the past week. Simply put, my site “appeared” to be loading okay whenever I came to it, but I rarely browsed my own site. The process of rolling out my new design had revealed to me that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
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.
I’ve always been passionate about helping people learn more about DNN and use it in new and creative ways. I noticed that Sean Gahan was giving a presentation at the Central California .Net User Group in Fresno, CA. (They told me this area is also called Clovis.) I immediately contacted the, because I was hoping that they might be streaming the user group meeting. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case, but they invited me to speak.