Will "the Mighty" Strohl

Will Strohl's Blog

rss

My name is Will Strohl. I'm a former employee of DNN Corp., a leader, personal branding expert, technologist, gamer, and more...


DNN 9 Appears to Be a Foundational Step Forward for the Future of DNN

DNN 9 Persona Bar

DNN Corp is on the verge of releasing their latest DNN Platform release, version 9.0.0.  As a DNN MVP, I of course had to take a look around at the new stuff coming.  It’s still in the early stages though, so there are a few areas where the new updates have some smoothing out to do, but overall, the updates we’re seeing in version 9.0 are very nice.  In short, it’s a much more contemporary user experience for all involved – but a very important step in the right direction for the future of all DNN’ers.  Here’s my preview and insights after using DNN 9.0 for the first time – a pre-release version of DNN 9.0, that is.


A Year of Grief: Thoughts & Lessons Learned

Sabrina and I at Artesa in wine country

I would imagine that not everyone who reads my blog knows, but as of today, it marks a year that I’ve been going through the process we call grieving.  A year ago today, I went through the most traumatic thing a person could go through – I found the person I love more than anything in this world, passed away.  My soul mate, lying there, all of my hopes and dreams, lost and crushed in less than a second.  Nothing can prepare you for such an abundantly awful thing.  Nothing.  However, one thing is certain, almost no one on the planet is immune from this experience.  No one.


Moving on from DNNCon

OpenForce Connect Orlando 2008 group photo

Don’t let the headline freak you out.  It’s not as bad as it sounds…  We’ll start with some background, and then I’ll tell you the details.


DNN Hangout - March 2016 - DNN Community, User Groups, and MORE

DNN Hangout: March 2016 with David Poindexter

David Poindexter is our guest in this month’s show.  David is the “GeekEO” of nvisionative.  I’ve interviewed him before in a Hotcakes Hangout, so you can get a lot of information about David and his company nvisionative there.  In this show though, we wanted to focus on community activities.  David and his fellow DNN’ers in the Charlotte, NC area have been doing great things for years now, so we wanted to pick his brain a bit, and then we finished things off with a very HUGE surprise for the DNN community.


DNN Hangout - February 2016 - DNNCon and DNN-Connect 2016 Questions and Answers

DNN Hangout February 2016

There are two DNN conferences coming up very soon.  DNNCon is in April, held in Baltimore, Maryland, and DNN-Connect is in Girona, Spain in June.  Our guests are all organizers or co-organizers, and they spend some time with us


DNN Hangout - January 2016 - DNN 8 Release Overview for Developers

DNN Hangout January 2016

In this episode, we decided to have our guest be the topic.  The DNN 8 release was so HUUUUUUGE that we felt that it needed to speak for itself.  DNN 8 brings with it a ton of new features that developers can take advantage of.  These things include new MVC and SPA development patterns.  Patterns that never before existed officially and never before came supported out of the box.


DNN Hangout - December 2016 - Module Development from a Skinner’s Perspective

DNN Hangout: Ralph Williams

While this is nearly a month late in getting posted, the show isn’t any less important.  Not by a longshot.  In fact, it’s one of my favorite episodes we’ve ever done.  In this show, we speak with Ralph Williams.  If you’ve been around DNN for any length of time, you know that we all know Ralph for one thing… his amazing theming (skinning) work.  He’s one of the minds behind the initial Day of DotNetNuke branding, technical presentations on best practices as it relates to DNN theming, theming training at all of the recent DNNCon events, and wrote the theme chapter in the latest DNN book.  In this show, we didn’t speak to Ralph about themes at all.  We spoke about the MODULE that he built.  Not just any module either… a SPA-based, video-centric LMS module!


DNN Hangout Special Episode - October 2015 - Building Modules Using the DNN 8 MVC Pattern

DNN 8 MVC Module Development Pattern

This is the second of two special episodes of the DNN Hangout, focused on helping DNN developers world-wide to learn more about the DNN 8 module development patterns.  This time, we walked through the MVC development pattern in DNN.  Following this hangout, you should have all of the knowledge you need to get started building your module for the DNN 8 Module Development Contest. 


DNN Hangout Special Episode - October 2015 - Building Modules Using the DNN 8 SPA Pattern

DNN 8 SPA Module Development Pattern

Every now and then, we throw in a special episode of DNN Hangout.  These special episodes are normally by request of you or another viewer in our audience.  This time, we didn’t need to wait for a prompt…  With the announcement of the DNN 8 module development contest, we already knew that people would be more than eager to get started… but before you can get started, you probably need a primer on just how to do that.  That’s the sole purpose of this hangout.


DNN Hangout - October 2015 - Getting Funky with the Form and List Module

DNN Hangout - October 2015 - Clint Patterson and the Form & List Module

This month is a hangout that I’m very proud to have been a part of.  For one reason, we announced an exciting DNN 8 module development contest.  A contest that will yield some people in the community a lot of cash.  The other reason, is that I have the honor of interviewing one of my favorite DNN brothers, Clint Patterson.  I think you’ll agree by the end of the hangout – if it takes you that long – that Clint is one of the smartest people in our community, and easily one of the most resourceful, passionate, and sincere members we have.  We are lucky to have him in our community.