I just finished reading the interview with Shaun Walker by the folks at HowSoftwareIsBuilt.com. This is a website sponsored by Microsoft, whose purpose is to open a dialogue for proprietary and open source software development. What I think that means is that every developer you meet will have a slightly (or drastic) variance on what each of those terms mean. This website appears to have its goals rooted in bridging that gap. In helping to build that bridge, they recently interviewed Shaun Walker.
If you’re new to DotNetNuke®, then you might not know who Shaun Walker is. Basically, he’s the father of DNN. He was the original developer behind the web application framework you’re using today. I won’t go into any greater detail here, because Shaun does a much better job of telling us who he is in his interview.
The interview covers the topics that we have heard before, but not a whole lot. We pretty much all know where DNN came from if we’ve been in the DNN community for a while. However, this article begins and hovers over how DNN has grown over the past 2 years, especially with the venture capital funding. That is all great information, and I found it useful. However, I think there is a single section that most of the community will be very interested in.
One of the questions posed to Shaun asks about the future of DotNetNuke®. Any of us that are running businesses or sites that depend on DNN should keep our eyes open here whenever the topic is brought up. Fortunately, there wasn’t any new information there, but not everyone is aware of these future goals.
The most notable goal to me is for the DNN platform and the DNN marketplace (Snowcovered) to become a more seamless experience. This goal is important for a number of reasons. The first reason this is important to pay attention to, is that they are using the IPhone App Store as a model to try and minimize the learning curve and obstacles for non-technical hosts using the DNN framework. (Yes, there are plenty of them out there, and they need help.)
The main reason I loved to hear this is what other things this implies. If you haven’t already noticed, with each release of DNN, it becomes more and more usable. Many of the tasks that seemed troublesome or tedious have been getting easier. This is a path that will continue to grow. This has always been a concern and on the radar for the DotNetNuke® Corporation, but since they are now managing a commercial product, these enhancements are happening much faster.
The other future enhancement is already being done by those in the DNN offices, and elsewhere. This is the use of the cloud to host DNN websites. There are already many DNN websites, including mission-critical ones, that are utilizing the cloud – and doing it well. Luckily for them, DNN has its sights set on making sure that these use cases are completely covered.
There is more to the article, and I encourage you to read it for yourself.