I was speaking with another member of the community about general DotNetNuke stuff, and the conversation turned to modules. It was mentioned that there wasn’t a single known open source module that offered the ability to integrate content sliders or banner rotators into your DNN website. There are of course a ton of ways to implement such a feature. Snowcovered has numerous modules that allow you to do this. So, I decided to create a nice and easy one for the Forge.
You may or may not be aware of a highly useful and engaging third party comment platform called Disqus. Disqus was created and founded in 2007 to allow websites to replace their comment engines with one that offers a much simpler and socially enabled alternative. With features like single sign on, centralized comment management and viewing, enhanced spam controls, consistent cross-site standards, and being able to use the same comment identity and information across multiple sites, it’s a no-brainer to want to use Disqus as your comment engine of choice. So, I chose to build a module to integrate it into DotNetNuke.
If you’ve been following my activities on Twitter or in the Forge, then you already have an idea of what the title of this blog entry is referencing. As of the writing of this post, I’ve had 5 different projects updated to be specifically installed on DotNetNuke 6.0. I was more than excited to get my most popular open source projects updated, to say the least.
I know it hasn’t been that long since the last release, but it certainly feels like it. The last release of the Lightbox Gallery module was in February of this year – 5 months ago. Okay… Maybe that is a long time after all… The newest release is here though!
I knew the challenges when I first took over the Media Module. In it’s first series of releases, it was built to make it easy to simply add an image on a page in DotNetNuke. Eventually, it was extended to also allow you to display videos in nearly the same way. Unfortunately, for many end-users, it’s just as easy to simply add the requisite HTML code to the Text/HTML Module to display all of the media types that the module was supporting (depending on the user, of course).
It’s that time again… The Lightbox Gallery module for DotNetNuke needed some attention. There were a few minor bugs that were annoying people that needed to be fixed, and a couple of enhancements as well.
I cannot honestly tell you where the time has gone. I first embarked upon doing something about the Media Module as a team member in 2008. Unfortunately, for many reasons, the module never really was updated until last year. I was able to get a release out the door last June. Somehow, nearly a year has flown by since that release. Where did the time go?!! Well, I was able to put my head down a few times over the past few months, and I am very happy to say that I have another release nearly ready for the release tracker.
There should be a new release of the Media Module submitted to the release tracker by the end of the month. There are many really cool updates coming to this release, but I would very much like to remove a feature – that is, if it doesn’t have an adverse impact upon anyone that is currently using the module.