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Building Websites with VB.NET and DotNetNuke 4

Daniel N. Egan, Michael Washington, Steve Valenzuela

A practical guide to creating and maintaining your own DotNetNuke website, and developing new modules and skins
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811992
Paperback336 pages

About This Book

  • Specially revised and updated version of this acclaimed DotNetNuke book
  • Create and manage your own website with DotNetNuke
  • Customize and enhance your site with skins and custom modules
  • Extensive coverage of the DAL and DAL+ for custom module development
  • Complete coverage of setup, administration, and development

Who This Book Is For

This book has been written for both the beginner wanting to set up a website and also ASP.NET developers with a grasp of VB.NET 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 2005. No prior knowledge of DotNetNuke is assumed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is DotNetNuke?
Open-Source Web Portals
The DotNetNuke Community
The License Agreement
Coffee Connections
Chapter 2: Installing DotNetNuke
Installing DotNetNuke (Local Version)
Logging In as Admin and Changing Passwords
Chapter 3: Users, Roles, and Pages
User Accounts
Understanding DotNetNuke Roles
Understanding DotNetNuke Pages and tabIDs
Chapter 4: Standard DotNetNuke Modules
DotNetNuke Modules
Standard Modules
Chapter 5: Host and Admin Tools
The Difference between Host and Admin
Admin Tools
Host Tools
Chapter 6: Understanding the DotNetNuke Core Architecture
Architecture Overview
Diving into the Core
Putting It All Together
Chapter 7: Custom Module Development
Setting up the Development Environment
The Coffee Shop Listing Module
Navigation and Localization
Chapter 8: Connecting to the Database
DotNetNuke Data Access Layer (DAL)
Create the Database Elements
Comparing the DAL to the DAL+
A Close-up Look at the DAL
Complete the Presentation Layer
Implementing Optional Interfaces
Packaging Your Module for Distribution
Chapter 9: Skinning Your Site
What Are Skin Packages?
Uploading a Skin Package
Applying the Skin
Creating a Custom Skin
What Tools can we Use?
Creating a Skin Using HTML
Creating a Skin Using Visual Web Developer
Creating the Cascading Style Sheets
Creating the Skin Package
Chapter 10: Deploying Your DNN Portal
Acquiring a Domain Name
Finding a Hosting Provider
Preparing Your Local Site
Setting Up the Database
FTP Your Files
Chapter 11: Creating Multiple Portals
Multiple Portals
Parent Portals versus Child Portals
Creating Portal Templates
Using the Site Wizard
Managing Multiple Portals

What You Will Learn

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
  • Extend DotNetNuke using the DAL and DAL+ to create powerful custom modules
  • Create your own skin using a HTML Editor
  • Find out about where and how to host and deploy your site


In Detail

DotNetNuke is an open-source Content Management System and web application framework. DotNetNuke has taken the Microsoft world by storm and now at version 4, its community has grown to over 200,000 users.

This book covers virtually everything you need to know to get your DotNetNuke website up and running. Concisely written and with clear explanations, this book is covers installation, administration, deployment, site creation and all of the basic built in DotNetNuke modules. For developers, chapters on the core architecture, skinning and custom modules, including coverage of the DAL+, 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 walkthrough of creating a new custom modules. Special emphasis is given to the DAL+, an extended feature set of the DotNetNuke Data Access Layer (DAL). You will see how to create custom modules with the DAL+, and invigorate your module development.

Web designers will enjoy the material on skinning, helping them to create a new look for their site. You will learn about creating new skins, and packaging them up for easy deployment.

You will master all of this as you leap into the development of a DotNetNuke 4 site.


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