This is the second post in a series of blog posts that will focus on ways that you can participate in DNN in some way. Participation is incredibly important. Without it, any community will suffer, and an open source community like ours knows this all too well if you look at the history of open source. After all, what good is any project if no one is using it. Luckily, we have had the luxury of millions of users, nearly a million production sites, over a thousand eco-system vendors & system integrators, and more. We have thrived more than most. However, like I stated before, there are a ton of ways for you to participate. If you’re new to DNN, this post will help you help others by answering questions.
There’s really nothing bad I could possibly say about any code camp in Florida. Community leaders like Dave Noderer make such a thing impossible. They are so amazing in their ability to organize a fantastic event. South Florida Code Camp 2013 was just as amazing as this code camp always has been. This is about my 3rd or 4th time presenting here. It just gets better and better! This blog post is mostly about the resources for my sessions though.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, but the last official release of the Media Module for DotNetNuke was in January of this year! That is way too long for this module to go without having a release. Therefore, I am very excited to get this release out the door, and even more excited about the nature of the updates that can be found in this release.
If you’ve never been there, you should know that Tampa Bay is an incredible city. It may not look large depending on where you’re from, but it’s home to Busch Gardens, New York Yankees spring training, former Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers, NHL champion Lightning, the Rays, and it’s also where the best Punisher movie was filmed (in my opinion). This city was also home to the first ever Day of DotNetNuke in 2009, which has since spread to Orlando, France, Canada, Chicago, and Charlotte. I am very happy to be able to say that I am once again bringing DotNetNuke back to this great city in a meeting on August 23, 2012.
The Disqus Module for DotNetNuke was originally just something I thought would be fun to try. It was a little side project to waste a little bit of time while taking a look at the benefits of the Disqus platform and service. It’s an incredibly great discussion engine that can be used in a large number of ways. This includes comments of course, but think about anything on a website that requires or can allow people to discuss your content. The possibilities are exciting! It’s been a while since this module has had a useful release of new features, so I am proud to say that you no longer have to wait!
If you haven’t learned yet, the Day of DotNetNuke always has surprises that are only available to people that actually go to the event. It’s always been my style to save the best for last in terms of announcing those surprises. Also in that bucket is that I want for those that physically attend DotNetNuke events get the very best in value when these plans are made. If this hasn’t taught you anything, it should teach you this… DO NOT miss the Day of DotNetNuke. This year, the surprise is not just one, but TWO surprises. These surprises have been kept so quiet that the local event organizers and even people at DotNetNuke Corporation didn’t know.
Many of you are not even aware that the Open Graph Protocol even exists. However, it has been the backbone of inter-connected websites ever since social sharing of content and web pages has existed. This is the standard that Facebook, Google+, and others have adopted to properly connect, share, and display content from site to site when a visitor decides to share it. Of course, like any other standard, every site varies on how well they adopt this particular standard.
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.