Entries for April 2008

April 29, 2008

Semi-Automatic DotNetNuke Module Package Builds Revisited

Back in January I made a post here about creating semi-automatic module packages on the fly from within Visual Studio.  The method I showed at that time was a little bit primitive but it worked perfectly.  Recently I have had some time to refine the batch script itself as well as the integration point to the DNN project inside Visual Studio.  My recent changes now allow me to make 2 small changes for each project and builds work as I expect, it also creates a conditional system that can handle file deletions as well as dynamic loading of debug or release .dll files to the package.  This posting will cover this new process in detail..

April 19, 2008

Modules, Compatibility, and Developer Responsibility

Recently I have worked with multiple clients that have had "minimum version" issues with DotNetNuke modules.  They have a new module, or a new version of an already installed module and they install it on their site.  Just after installation they find out that the module doesn't work with their version of DNN.  Sometimes this isn't a major issue as long as it is only the module that doesn't work and it was a new module.  However most of the time it isn't the case, usually it happens to existing modules that include lots of data.  Since DotNetNuke doesn't offer a rollback function these types of issues can be critical to users of DNN.  Now the first argument that I always hear on this topic is that "people should be backing up their site before an install/update to anything".  I agree with this to a certain extent, but on the other hand these people expect that we as developers will make using our product a pain free situation.  This is where this article come into play, I'll discuss a few methods where developers, including myself need to step up and provide better quality services to the general DotNetNuke public.  I'll even include a step by step guide that will show developers how to accomplish what needs to be done.

April 15, 2008

DotNetNuke Performance Settings Explained!

My last article on DotNetNuke administration topics was very popular "DotNetNuke Host Settings Explained", this article is the promised follow up that will provide detailed information on the Performance/Compression settings section of DotNetNuke Host Settings.  I will explain what the values do, and also my personal experience with the settings, please keep in mind that all DNN sites are different and your needs may differ from those listed in the article, if you are unsure of the proper settings for you environment, please don't hesitate to ask for assistance in my forum.

April 03, 2008

DotNetNuke OpenForce08

For those of you that monitor the DotNetNuke.com Announcements forum you will notice that DotNetNuke Corporation has announced they are doing OpenForc...

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