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May 2007 Entries

DotNetNuke Meeting - Thursday May 31 - DNN Skinning

Sheldon Cohen has organized a meeting at Host.NET on Thursday, May 31st.
Tracy Wittenkeller from T-Worx www.t-worx.com will be presenting at this meeting. He'll be covering DotNetNuke skinning. Skinning is one of the main reasons why so many people have decided to use DNN, with it?s flexible architecture and layout.

Please visit: http://dotnetnuke.meetup.com/44/calendar/5806959/ to register.

It is good to see other groups forming, a very good sign! Looking at MeetUp there are a lot of web and computer technology groups in the area.

I have been using DotNetNuke .. http://www.dotnetnuke.com , an open source vb.net project for certain customers for a number of years. Shawn Walker was the original creator working with IBuySpy as a base. Many hosting services like http://www.webhost4life.com/default.asp?refid=computerways allow you to install nuke with a few clicks. A very convenient way to get a starter website and with a nice set of "skins" that you can create or buy will make a very professional site. It is all free. There are many modules both free and for pay are available.

Another application that is open but not quite open source is Community Server, http://www.communityserver.com by Telligent which was started by Rob Howard of asp.net fame. Thiis c# application is targeted at a community sites and includes blogs, forums and galleries. It to is free in it's simplest form but they charge money for standard, professional and enterprise versions that have more features turned on. I recently used it to make a very simple community site without any skinning at http://www.deerfieldbeachleadership.com . Just wanted a place to dump pictures mostly. Community Server is also installable at many hosting services with a click of the button.

Both Nuke and CS are software platforms and allow you to create custom "module" to extend the functionality of the base product. Of course this may complicate upgrades but that is true of any custom software.

Don't forget the FlaDotNet meetings either: http://www.fladotnet.com, maybe I should post on MeetUp too!

Two New South Florida Speakers - May 2007

This month we had two new speakers in South Florida!

On May 1st at Citrix in Ft Lauderdale, Vishal Shukla presented an Ajax based web application he and his two co-workers wrote for the Palm Beach emergency operations. He did a really great job of pointing out the user interface features that make the application easy for people to use just like a windows app.

On May 8th at DeVry Univeristy in Miramar, Max Trinidad presented an overview of various scripiting languages and tools including powershell and a little behind the scenes look at the scripting that Systems Center produces. Even better he brough a stack of CD's with the presentation and all the resources related to scripting for everyone to take home.

A big thanks to both Vishal and Max, hope to see you speaking at the next code camp... which we have tentatively set for Saturday, February 2nd, 2008.

Teched 2007 - User Group Leader Summit in Orlando

As has been the custom at major conferences, INETA will again sponsor a User Group Leader Summit the Saturday before Teched 2007 on June 2nd in downtown Orlando from noon to 5pm.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who runs, volunteers for or is interested in starting a user group to get some great ideas from other leaders and to share the unique things that you may do. Interactive disucssions will cover topics including running a group.content, promotion and partnerships.

If you run a dot net developer group you will be able to meet the INETA (International .NET Association) leadership and find out how to register your group if you have not already. But no matter what type of group you run, we all have the same problems with finding venue, maintaining websites, boosting attendance, getting great speakers and the list goes on!

This event is free but you must register: http://summit.ineta.org

See you there!


The Guy From Boston vs The Kid From Brooklyn

Looks like the battle of the century!!

The Guy from Boston.. www.theguyfromboston.com  (my nephew, yeah!) has challenged the Kid from Brooklyn.. www.thekidfrombrooklyn.com  (BOO!, don't know him but i gotta stick with family) to lose 100 lbs.

The loser is to kiss the other's ass in Times Square! I don't know about that but it would be good for both of them to shed a few pounds!

If you want to help this along, send your support to radio jocks Toucher and Rich at WBCN in Boston. (www.wbcn.com).