Widget Suite for DotNetNuke Version 01.03.01 Released

Widget Suite for DotNetNuke Version 01.03.01 Released

Whoa…  I cannot express to you enough – how much of a whirlwind the last few weeks have been for the Widget Suite for DotNetNuke project.  Many late nights have been spent going into this release.  Over this time, we’ve been tweaking and building widgets, automating the widget packaging process, adjusting the scope of the next and future releases, and most of all – releasing and managing a brand-spanking-new website!  All that has led to today’s announcement of the much anticipated version 01.03.00 release.

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Widget Suite for DotNetNuke Project Website Launches

Widget Suite for DotNetNuke Project Website Launches

The Widget Suite for DotNetNuke launched in late November of 2010 with a very simple purpose.  I wanted to document a few of the widgets I had created for technical presentations, and make them easy for others to use.  As with any other open source project that sees a little success, I had no idea how popular it would become – nowhere near as successful and DNN mind you – but unexpected just the same.

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How to Create a DotNetNuke Skin Widget

How to Create a DotNetNuke Skin Widget

What’s this?  You haven’t heard of widgets in DotNetNuke?  Just in case that really is true, I will give you a bit more background information about what a widget is in DNN.  Simply put, widgets are client-side applications that run in the web browser using any form of JavaScript that you’d like.  Primarily, you see them written in jQuery these days – but the beauty of this framework is that you can pull in ANY JavaScript library that you want!

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What is a Skin Widget in DotNetNuke?

What is a Skin Widget in DotNetNuke?

DotNetNuke has long had many ways to extend the application to fit your needs.  This included providers, skins, modules, and more.  It wasn’t until the first release of the version 5 series of DotNetNuke that there was finally a built-in and supported extension point that allowed you to extend the platform after the page loaded.  This all changed with the introduction of the Skin Widget framework.  Now, it was possible to do things that were previously only possible using a module or the skin itself, using JavaScript, and in most cases, the jQuery framework.

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