- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (February 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470438703
- ISBN-13: 978-0470438701
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,433,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professional DotNetNuke 5: Open Source Web Application Framework for ASP.NET 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
DotNetNuke is a powerful open source framework for creating and deploying web sites with dynamic and interactive content. Written by the creator of DotNetNuke and a team of DotNetNuke community experts and ASP.NET programmers, this book provides you with the tools and insight you need to install, configure, and develop web applications with DotNetNuke 5.
After Shaun Walker's introduction to DotNetNuke and the business aspects of creating and nurturing the DotNetNuke community, product, and a new DotNetNuke corporation, the authors demonstrate how to manage and administer a DotNetNuke portal. They then show you how the application works through the DotNetNuke application architecture and its major application programming interfaces (APIs), which provide DotNetNuke's power.
You'll discover how to extend the portal framework by developing and distributing modules that plug into a DotNetNuke portal, and you'll examine the flexible skinning capabilities of DotNetNuke. This helpful exploration of the history, structure, and foundation of the DotNetNuke application affirms its place as an extremely extensible application framework.
What you will learn from this book
- The latest features and functionality of DotNetNuke 5 and the differences between DotNetNuke Community Edition and Professional Edition
The responsibilities of a host/administrator who is using DotNetNuke as a web portal, such as the uploading of skins and modules
The core modules that are included with DotNetNuke and how to use them
Ways to integrate DotNetNuke into an existing membership structure
Techniques for replacing hard-coded text with dynamic strings
The new unified model for packaging extensions for distribution
Who this book is for
This book is for nondevelopers who are interested in exploring the DotNetNuke framework as well as experienced ASP.NET developers who want to build dynamic ASP.NET sites or create add-ins to DotNetNuke.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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Top customer reviews
As someone else mentioned in more detail, the start of the book is padded with largely irrelevant anecdotes about the history of dotnetnuke. Unfortunately, once you get into the meat of the book, it doesn't get any more useful. The most obvious steps are laboriously described (how to unzip a file) and the most obscure (creating a module with multiple views) are skipped over lightly with the apparent assumption that the reader is already familiar with the topic.
Specific examples, as is often the case in Wrox books, are given around a sample project; however, in the tasks described, it is rarely made clear what steps are taken exclusively in support of the specific sample case and which are the general steps necessary for any project.
The code listings in the book are lengthy but are not commented sufficiently to be useful.
Much is made of the fact that the authors are significant contributors to the DNN project, but that is actually a recommendation against the book when you consider that the help integral to the product itself is similarly poorly written... click the question mark tag next to "Module Culture" and you get the tautological "The culture for this module" instead of anything genuinely helpful. The entire book seems to follow this general premise that throwing a greater volume of words is sufficient explanation for concepts, as if the reader already knew everything the authors do but simply needed to have their memory jogged. As a tool for learning the concepts of developing for DNN, it's not particularly helpful.
The rest of it is ok, but gets out of date quickly as new versions of DNN come out.
I think online dos are better than this book.
For someone who is trying to learn the technology as it exists today, this is trivia and a waste of valuable time. The one reason I bought the book was to learn how to compile custom modules in Visual Studio (which is advertises as explaining). In the 534 pages of piecemealed fragments of information and code, this was never explained. This book is a puzzle that you, the inexperienced DNN developer, have to piece together and hope for the best. Code examples supposedly downloadable from DNN's website were unavailable there. In a word - pathetic. Don't waste your money.
I didnt have this book when I was asked to create a DNN site with some custom content at work. I'd had no previous experience with DNN, but am an ASP.net developer with other portal app experience so was able to set up my dev DNN site pretty easily. I do wish I'd had a chance to glance over the chapters on intro/setup before doing so just because there are a few options that aren't quite intuitive. I also noticed a lot of questions asked in the forums are answered here.
The first chapter went into some background of DNN - very enjoyable for a technical book. I'm glad the authors didn't choose to put this as a foreword or I probably would have skipped over it. Reading how such an extensible open-source application came into existence is really neat. It also tells you about the decisions made along the way and why they were made.
After the intro, installation, and admin-type content, the book goes into more detail about the application design, the different provider models, APIs, etc. I really liked how the authors started out describing the chain of events that occur within the application when a web request is made (like how the friendly URLs are processed, for example). All of these more technical chapters are very clearly written and provide sufficient detail and examples.
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I thought "here we go again" when I saw the long preamble by Shaun...Read more