I’m building an ASP.NET Training Portal on DotNetNuke

So, blogging is fun, but…….

I want to build an ASP.NET Training & Educational portal.

It will be found at www.MasterASP.net

I’ve deployed the site on my awesome dedicated server at MaximumASP and set up DotNetNuke version 4.0

Sidebar – DotNetNuke (DNN) is a cool app, but boy the installer sucks. (At least compared to the PHP Content Management Systems). I tried deploying a site via the DNN Starter Kit, The Binary Install, and the Source Installer. After working through the normal early few errors I got stuck on with a “Null Object” error. Since DotNetNuke seemed to install completely and successfully and upon navigating to the site it gave me the “Null Object” exception and since DNN lacked the error handling to catch the error and provide me with any meaningful information, I was stuck, the exception message from the ASP.NET runtime wasn’t very helpful.

After walking though the install instructions again (twice) line by line, the error didn’t go away.

I searched the web and found dozens off forum and blog posts of people hvingt the same issue. But, nobody seemed to have an answer.

So, I wiped out the database, deleted all the files, the ASP.NET application, and the application directory and did the whole thing over again (the sane way as the first time) and VIOLA ! It worked.

So, DNN 4.0 is up and running.

For anyone that’s interested, I’d like you to take a look at the site and make suggestions as to how I should build up the site.

1.) Content Suggestions – What articles, sections, formats, etc. would you suggest?
2.) DotNetNuke – What DNN theme & DNN extensions do you suggest?
3.) What Open Source ASP.NET projects should we initiate?

Your input will be greatly appreciated.

Just click the email/contact link to send me your input.

Comments (3)

  1. dskcheck says:

    First, it’s a great initiative.

    Second, I would prefer to have the articles on Fundamentals. Most of the forums (for that matter every) target on the latest technology developments.. no one is ready to explain the latest things in a funda manner… Hope you will do that. I love to contribute if i can.

    Third, concepts like "code contests" at frequent intervals will cause the users to visit again.

    I’ve many more suggestions, will share if they are heard…

  2. michael1047 says:

    Yes! DNN really blows.  IMO, Rob Howard is a god; but needed to keep his mits out of DNN.  In fact, MS should stay out of the open source of DNN… it’s really been bastardized.  I agree with your blog… The core team needs to scrap the installer and the provider model… the lifecycle management of the provider model will die on the vine… too complex.

    In my opinion… bring back .asp  copy, paste, done!  

  3. Nigel says:

    Joe, i couldn’t agree with you more. THE INSTALLLER FOR DOTNETNUKE does in deed S U C K.

    the first test install i done on a remote server went without hitch. A latter install in the root has resulted in 5 attempted re-install with no success. Agggggghhhhhh.

    Not very impressed at all !

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