Building Websites with DotNetNuke 5


Building Websites with DotNetNuke 5
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  • Create and manage your own website with DotNetNuke 5
  • Customize and enhance your site with custom modules
  • Code provided in VB.NET and C# using Visual Studio 2010
  • Covers module development using Silverlight and Linq to SQL
  • Complete coverage of setup, administration, and development

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2010
ISBN : 1847199925
ISBN 13 : 9781847199928
Author(s) : Ian lackey, Michael Washington
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Web Development, DotNetNuke, Open Source, Web Development


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: What is DotNetNuke?
Chapter 2: Installing DotNetNuke
Chapter 3: Users, Roles, and Pages
Chapter 4: Standard DotNetNuke Modules
Chapter 5: Host and Admin Tools
Chapter 6: Understanding the DotNetNuke Core Architecture
Chapter 7: Custom Module Development
Chapter 8: Connecting to the Database
Chapter 9: Silverlight Coffee Shop Viewer
Chapter 10: Creating Multiple Portals
Index
  • Chapter 1: What is DotNetNuke?
    • Open source web portals
      • What is a web portal?
      • Common portal features
      • Why DotNetNuke?
        • PHP-Nuke
        • Joomla!
        • DotNetNuke
      • Benefits of using an established program
    • The DotNetNuke community
      • Core team
      • The DotNetNuke discussion forum
      • The bug tracker
      • The DotNetNuke project Roadmap team
    • The license agreement
    • Coffee Connections
      • Determining client needs
        • What is a user story?
        • Advantages of using user stories
        • Coffee Connections user stories
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Installing DotNetNuke
    • Installing DotNetNuke (local version)
      • Clean installation
      • Downloading the code
      • Setting up an application
        • Verifying default documents
      • Setting security permissions
      • Setting up the database
      • Running the install wizard
    • Upgrading
      • Upgrading the checklist
      • Backing up your database
      • Backing up your DotNetNuke files
      • Performing the upgrade
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Users, Roles, and Pages
    • User accounts
      • Who is a user?
      • Creating user accounts
        • Setting required registration fields
        • Managing your own profile
        • Registering a user manually
    • Understanding DotNetNuke roles and role groups
      • Assigning security roles to users
      • Role advanced settings
    • Understanding DotNetNuke pages and tabIDs
      • Administering pages
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Standard DotNetNuke Modules
    • DotNetNuke modules
      • Adding a module
      • Module Settings
        • Editing a module
        • Importing and exporting content
        • Syndicate information
        • Help and Online Help documentation
        • Editing module functionality
    • Changes to the organization of modules
    • Standard modules
      • Account Login module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features
      • Banner module
      • Console module
        • Administration and modification
      • Feed Explorer module
        • Administration and modification
      • HTML module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Search Input and Search Results module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
    • Additional Modules
      • Announcements module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Blog module
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features
      • Chat module
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features
      • Contacts module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features
      • Documents module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Events module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • FAQs module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Feedback module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Form and List module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Forums module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
      • Gallery module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
      • Help module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
      • IFrame module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Links module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Map module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Media module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
      • News Feed (RSS) module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features
      • Reports module
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Repository module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
      • Store module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • Survey module
        • Administration and modification
      • Users Online module
        • Administration and modification
      • Wiki module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
      • XML/XSL module
        • Practical purposes
        • Administration and modification
        • Special features and additional information
    • Third-party modules
      • Commercial modules
        • Developers and vendors
      • Open source modules
        • Developers and vendors
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Host and Admin Tools
    • The difference between host and admin
    • Admin tools
      • Site Settings
        • Basic Settings
        • Advanced Settings
        • Stylesheet Editor
      • Pages
      • Extensions
      • Languages
      • Skins
      • Security Roles
      • User Accounts
      • Vendors
      • Site Log
      • Newsletters
      • File Manager
      • Recycle Bin
      • Event Viewer
      • Site Wizard
      • Google Analytics
    • Host tools
      • Host Settings
        • Basic Settings
        • Advanced Settings
      • Portals
      • Module definitions
      • File Manager
      • Vendors
      • SQL
      • Schedule
      • Languages
      • Search Admin
      • Lists
      • Superuser Accounts
      • Extensions
      • Dashboard
      • What's New
      • Marketplace
      • Extra options on the ADMIN menu
      • Common Tasks
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Understanding the DotNetNuke Core Architecture
    • Architecture overview
    • Diving into the core
      • Using the Context object in your application
        • The PortalSettings class
      • Working with the configuration files
      • The web.config file
        • Configuring the providers used in DotNetNuke
        • Handling the providers
        • HTTP modules
        • Application settings
      • The global files
        • Global.asax.vb
        • Application_Start
        • Examining Application_BeginRequest
      • The Globals.vb file
    • Putting it all together
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Custom Module Development
    • The Coffee Shop Listing module
    • The development environment
    • Creating the view control
    • Displaying the module
    • View control summary
      • The module folder structure
      • Inheriting from PortalModuleBase
      • Module configuration
      • Diagnosing errors using the Log Viewer
    • Navigation
      • NavigateURL
      • IActionable
    • Updating the configuration
    • Navigating from ShopList to EditShopList
    • Navigation summary
      • NavigateURL
      • IActionable
    • Localization
      • Localizing static content
      • Localizing dynamic content
      • Localizing the content
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Connecting to the Database
    • The DAL, DAL+, and LINQ to SQL
      • The DAL
      • The DAL+
      • LINQ to SQL
      • Summary of the data connection methods
    • The database scripts
      • Executing the install script
      • Creating the LINQ to SQL DataContext class
      • The Settings page
      • Creating the Settings page
      • The Settings page
        • Inheriting from ModuleSettingsBase
        • Overriding LoadSettings and UpdateSettings
        • Storing values in ModuleSettings
      • Updating the configuration
    • The EditShopList page
      • The EditShopList.ascx file
      • The EditShopList code behind file
        • The remaining methods for EditShopList
    • The ShopList page
      • The ShopList.ascx file
      • The ShopList code behind file
        • SetProfile/GetProfile
        • GetModuleSettings
        • The remaining methods for ShopList
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Silverlight Coffee Shop Viewer
    • Silverlight and DotNetNuke
      • Creating the web service
        • Getting coffee shops
        • Getting last used zip code
      • Creating the WebService.asmx entry point
      • The Silverlight application
        • Adding reference to System.Windows.Controls.Data
        • The web service proxy
        • The Application_Startup page
        • The Silverlight Coffee Shop Viewer UI
        • The Silverlight Coffee Shop Viewer code
        • Building the Silverlight project and moving the .XAP
      • Altering Coffee Shop Viewer to launch the Silverlight application
        • The ShopList UI
        • The ShopList code
    • Packaging the module
      • Deploying the module
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Creating Multiple Portals
    • Multiple portals
    • Parent portals versus child portals
      • Setting up a parent portal
        • Registering your domain and setting the DNS
        • Creating a parent portal
      • Setting up a child portal
    • Creating portal templates
    • Using the Site Wizard
    • Managing multiple portals
    • Summary

Ian lackey

Ian Lackey worked as a systems engineer for a St. Louis-based ISP from 1999 to 2002. At that time, he began developing web applications using ASP and migrated to ASP.NET shortly before the 2.0 release. Ian now works as a full-time programmer analyst II for Washington University in St. Louis Medical School - Department of Pediatrics. He also runs a small business, DigitalSnap Inc. that provides complete DotNetNuke solutions as well as individual modules (http://www.itlackey.net).
Currently Ian is involved in community-driven areas such as the OpenLight Group, which manages open source projects including several DotNetNuke modules and many Silverlight-based applications. He will also be speaking at the St. Louis .NET user group meetings this year.
Ian currently lives in a small town in Illinois, just East of St. Louis, with his wife Julie and two daughters, Britney and Brooklynn.


Michael Washington

Michael Washington is a Website developer and an ASP.NET, C#, and Visual Basic programmer. He is a DotNetNuke Core member and has been involved with DotNetNuke for over 3 years. He is the author of numerous DotNetNuke modules and tutorials. He is one of the founding members of the Southern California DotNetNuke Users group. He has a son, Zachary and resides in Los Angeles with his wife Valerie.

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What you will learn from this book

This book will give you the skills to create and manage DotNetNuke websites as quickly as possible. You will:

  • Install and configure DotNetNuke
  • Master the standard modules
  • Understand the core architecture of DotNetNuke
  • Explore the inner workings of DotNetNuke modules
  • Use code provided in VB.NET or C# using Visual Studio 2010
  • Learn module development using Silverlight and Linq to SQL
  • Learn to create portal templates and set up multiple portals

In Detail

DotNetNuke is an open source Content Management System and web application framework. It has taken the Microsoft world by storm and now at version 5, its community has grown to over 200,000 users. Revised and updated for DotNetNuke 5, this renowned book is your indispensable guide to creating content-rich websites with DotNetNuke, as quickly as possible.

With this book in hand, you will be able to get your DotNetNuke website up and running. Concisely written and with clear explanations, this book covers installation, administration, deployment, site creation and all of the basic built-in DotNetNuke modules. For developers, it also covers the core architecture and custom modules, including module development using Linq to SQL and Silverlight, to give you the skills to customize and extend your site.

The book starts off by giving you a deep understanding of working with basic DotNetNuke sites, guiding you through the features and giving you the confidence to create and manage your site. After that, you will journey to the heart of DotNetNuke, and learn about its core architecture. Always concise, relevant and practical, you will find out what makes DotNetNuke tick, and from there, you will be ready to customize DotNetNuke. Developers will enjoy the detailed walk-through of creating new custom modules. Special emphasis is given to using Linq to SQL and Silverlight to invigorate your module development.

You will master all of this as you leap into the development of a DotNetNuke 5 site!

A practical guide that shows you how to build your own DotNetNuke website and develop new modules using Visual Studio 2010 in VB.NET and C#, using the latest technologies.

Approach

This book is a practical tutorial with step-by-step instructions and clear, concise explanations. Illustrative screenshots are used for better understanding at every step. You will learn how to set up and administer an example site, stepping through all the tasks to ease your learning. The emphasis is not on becoming a better VB.NET or C# programmer but on taming DotNetNuke.

Who this book is for

This book has been written both for beginners wanting to set up a website and also for ASP.NET developers with a grasp of VB.NET and C# who want a deeper understanding of how to work with DotNetNuke. To work with the DotNetNuke code, you will need access to Visual Web Developer Express or Visual Studio .NET 2010. No prior knowledge of DotNetNuke is assumed.

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