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.
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
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!
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.
It’s always exciting for me to meet someone in the DNN community that I haven’t met before. This hangout is one of those times. In this hangout, we speak with Jess (or Jean-Sylvain Boige) of Aricie. He’s the CTO of Aricie and the genius mind behind the module for DNN called PortalKeeper. I must admit, I didn’t know anything about PortalKeeper before this hangout, but rest assured… this is going to be a pretty standard tool of mine for current and future projects. If you’ve gotten even the beginnings of a technical bone in your body, you’re sure to geek-out just like I did!
This month we had the pleasure to speak with Mitchel Sellers. He’s a long-time DNN supporter and advocate. Aside from being a DNN and Microsoft MVP, he’s literally written the book on extending DNN through modules. He’s regularly found at community events, and pretty much everywhere online, attempting to help people with their C# and DNN needs.
Personal branding is very important. More and more, you’ll realize this. If you’ve ever known or been a hiring manager, you know all too well how hard it is for a single applicant to stand out in that tall stack of résumés when a job is open. You’re the proverbial needle in the haystack. Here are a few easy ways to get out of the haystack and in front of that next great opportunity.
In this episode, we have the pleasure to speak with another veteran of the DNN community, Mandeep Singh. Mandeep is the CEO and founder of Mandeeps, one of the most successful and seasoned vendors in the DNN ecosystem. Like some of our previous guests, Mandeep has been using DNN since the beginning – and it shows. He and his team have been extremely successful in building up a large following of customers due to their focus on usability and support. As you’ll soon find out, they are raising the bar with the latest Live Forms release.
We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now. The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem. This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior. We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas. In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.
This month, we talk to our first Microsoft employee, Jared Shockley. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t technically a Microsoft employee when we originally scheduled him to appear as a guest speaker. We spoke to Jared about how he found DNN, what it was and is like to work for Microsoft (since this is his second time with the company), and we dive into some of the first things you need to know before starting with Microsoft Azure.