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Friday, December 2, 2011 by Ian Robinson

Resource Round Up: Client Side Performance in DotNetNuke 6.1

Filed under: Tips & Tricks, Module Development, DotNetNuke

DotNetNuke 6.1 introduced a new set of functionality for managing client resources (CSS and JavaScript files). Here is a quick round up of resources ...

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Monday, March 28, 2011 by Ian Robinson

Razor in DotNetNuke

Filed under: Module Development, DotNetNuke

This evening I gave a presentation at the St. Louis DotNetNuke user group. What follows is a summary of that talk. It is intended to be a high level introduction to Razor. I want to provide a bit of history, point out all of the moving pieces, and relay enough information so that those unfamiliar could jump in and get started with Razor in DNN.

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Monday, January 24, 2011 by Cuong Dang

DotNetNuke CSS Precedence, What You Should Know.

Filed under: Skinning, Module Development, DotNetNuke

 DotNetNuke skinning isn’t easy as long as you figure out exactly how CSS files from the framework get loaded at runtime. I remember when I first started creating skins, I had to spend a tremendous amount of time fine tuning the details such as typography, padding, margin, and so on. My job became so much easier when I found out the secret is understanding DotNetNuke CSS precedence. There are many CSS files being loaded on a page when a user lands on your site. Depending on how your site i...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Developer Quick Tip: the BR Element Explained

Filed under: Tips & Tricks, Module Development

As many of you may know, I work closely with the development team at Engage on various projects. One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen is that developers use <br /> (BR) to create padding between elements. Sometimes, I see big chuck of BR element being used across just to create a larger padding between their elements. This isn’t new to many developers; I often see it in many commercial modules we bought as well. If you find yourself doing this religiously and not know what it means ...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Good Usability or Just Common Sense?

Filed under: Module Development, UI and UX

Rating is something that I have never seen anybody in DotNetNuke community has done it right. It might sounds pretty extreme, but if you have seen something that provide values as what I am going to discuss in this blog, please feel free to direct me there. I sometimes run into modules (whether if it is free or commercial) that provide rating ability on articles or products in a way that is… somewhat useless to visitors. Things like five-star-rating is one of most common mistake I’ve seen aroun...

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Saturday, November 8, 2008 by Ian Robinson

Signs Your DNN Module Development Skills Could Use Some Sharpening

Filed under: Module Development

While helping with the content for our DotNetNuke OpenForce Post Training Conference, I came up with a tongue-in-cheek (yet still kind of serious) listing of symptoms of a flawed DNN module development process. Recognize any of these? Your latest DNN module utilizes in-line CSS like it was going out of style. You frequently need to release new versions due to changes that consist solely of updates to hard coded strings in your code-behind. Every time you implement your modules a...

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