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Notes on the January 2009 ODUG Meeting

I decided to attend to see how the group was doing and learn a little more about Dot Net Nuke (DNN). Meetings are held on the other side of Orlando from me, but with a 7 pm start time I missed most of the traffic and had an easy drive. The location isn't hard to find, but is also easy to miss at least at this time of year with it being dark early.

The meeting was pretty typical user group; big conference room provided by a corporate host, sign in sheet, some free magazines, and food courtesy of Vaco this time (pretty good food, though a few complained about the heat given off by the food warmers...can't win some nights!). Will Strohl got the meeting started on time and did a quick run through of group news and upcoming related events (though he didn't list my own SQL group meeting next week!). He also had a camera set up to stream the meeting--------------------

Featured speaker was Stan Schultes, well known in the Florida community and based out of Sarasota, probably about a 2 hour drive to the meeting location. He started by talking about some of the changes in the just released DNN v5, and then did a very basic install to set the stage. From there he went through all the steps needed to create and load a custom module. Can't say I walked away a DNN expert, but I did get a greater sense of the capabilities and some nice tips on DNN development (use IIS rather than the VS web host, develop on a server OS, code against a production install rather than load all the source code each time). He also mentioned one point that caught my interest; in v5 it's apparently possible to delegate sending newsletters without making the person a site admin. I can see that being handy for user groups at least, and probably a lot of other scenarios (and I need to find out how PASS is solving that issue for chapters/user groups).

Info on the user group at http://orlando.dotnetnukeug.net/Default.aspx, more info about Stan at http://www.vbnetexpert.com/.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by John Magnabosco on 12 January 2009

The installation of DNN 5 is very tricky when using a remote database - there is a timeout issue when it generates the stored procs that it uses. DNN does need to improve the overall install experience as more people adopt this product. For example: A clean rollback when the process fails.

I would be very interested in hearing about their experience with streaming their meetings. We have been thinking of doing something similar for our IndyPASS meetings.

Posted by Will Strohl on 16 January 2009

First of all, it was a pleasure to have you at the meeting, Andy. I hope we see you again.

Most of the admin modules have been re-designated in DNN 5 as regular modules, allowing them to use the same permissions structure as the rest of the modules out there.

According to this and your offline feedback, I have made some adjustments to make our venue and meetings better. Thank you so much for your honesty!

@John Magnabosco - I agree with you on the installation process. While it is one of the best out there for a web app, it has MUCH room for improvement. However, I have yet to experience the timeout problem you're talking about. That's interesting, but not good. :(  Also, we use a simple webcam with UStream.tv. It works great, and we learn new things at every meeting to improve the experience for those watching from afar.

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