It's all about time to market these days. Organizations are looking for ways to get their websites up and running fast, and DotNetNuke (news, site) has come up with a few ways for them to do just that.
WebMatrix and Razor
Let's start with Microsoft's recently released WebMatrix. The new website development and deployment tool is about about easy website set up and deployment. It offers a simple deployment tool for a number of open source web content management systems, of which DNN is not one. But that doesn't mean DNN can't work with WebMatrix.
What the open source .NET Web CMS vendor has done is release a module that supports the Razor view engine, enabling developers to quickly develop custom code that can be run in DNN websites and applications. Razor is a new view engine for ASP.NET and template markup syntax which allows developers to easily write code inline with HTML (here's a Razor intro from Scott Gu).
So, if you aren't completely up to speed with coding directly for DotNetNuke, you can build your website or pieces of functionality using the Razor scripting syntax and WebMatrix.
New Solution Packages
DNN has also come out with a few new starter solution packages that should help you get your website up more quickly. Developed for the Professional and Enterprise Editions of DotNetNuke, they include:
- Pro Quick Start for first-time DotNetNuke users
- Pro Upgrade or Pro Elite for current DotNetNuke users
- Enterprise Quick Start
- Enterprise Elite for advanced users
Each solution package includes a product subscription, training and installation support, and, depending on the package selected, higher levels of technical support.
A New Configuration Manager
For those who want a better way to manage their DotNetNuke implementations, a new Configuration Manager supports the ability to manage all the config files that go along with a DNN environment.
Config files can be loaded into a multi-line textbox in the web browser and modified/saved. Changes are automatically reflected in the environment. In addition, a Configuration Merge script can also be uploaded that automates a number of operations that are repetitive and/or complex.
Kind of simplistic capabilities, but if the option is to open file files in a text editor and manually edit them, then put them back into the environment, well, which would you rather have?
All of the above is available in DotNetNuke 5.6.1, a minor upgrade, but not so minor features.