DotNetNuke 5.4 Adds Support for .NET4 and Document Management
Hot on the heels of the release of DotNetNuke 5.3 (news, site) comes DotNetNuke 5.4. Why so quick to produce a new release? The desire to support Microsoft .NET 4 for starters.


Getting Up to Speed with Microsoft

DotNetNuke 5.3 was only released at the end of March. That update included improved content administration through the addition of page level workflow, a new ribbon bar control panel and improved access to page editing. Get all the details here.

But they had more work they needed to do. That included ensuring the DotNetNuke platform supported Microsoft's latest platform updates with .NET 4 As you probably know, DotNetNuke is built on ASP.NET, so it was important to ensure it would work with both .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.

As is normal course when testing compatibility with technology updates, there were a few issues, but these were resolved and DotNetNuke 5.4 was on its way to release. If it makes you happy, the issues were resolved through working with the Microsoft Web Platform team.

New Document Management

But support for .NET 4 isn't the only thing new in 5.4. Another major feature introduced to the professional and elite editions is document management. Prior to 5.4 DotNetNuke did not have any strong document management functionality. But according to Shawn Walker, co-founder of DotNetNuke, there were several third party modules available.

So DNN took a look at what was available on their Snowcovered Marketplace and decided to obtain the IP for one of those solutions. The one they chose came from Xepient and was called OpenDocumentLibrary.

Now the commercial editions have document management capabilities such as:

  • WebDAV
  • Check in / Check out, Versioning, Rollback
  • Automatic synchronization with existing document libraries
  • Workflow for documents
  • Creation of document folders and permissions on folders
  • Usage reporting

According to DNN 1 in 4 organizations using the platform use it for intranets or extranets and this functionality fits perfectly with those needs.

What's in It for the Community

So the commercial editions picked up document management, but the community also got a few things as well:

Folksonomy: In 5.3 DNN taxonomy capabilities were added to the DNN core. In 5.4 the core now has Folksonomies -- basically a crowdsourcing approach to tagging content. Because it's added to the core, all editions get the functionality. To make it sweeter, there's an associated API that will enable developers to add the functionality to their own DNN apps.

Ribbon Bar Control Panel: Remember that ribbon bar control panel added to the the commercial editions in 5.3? Well now it's also available in the community edition

Telerik RAD Editor: The Community Edition also now has the Telerik rich text editor. This is a continuation of the OEM agreement with Telerik. DNN will still ship with the FCK Editor, which was the prior editor, but all new downloads of DNN will have the Telerik RAD editor as the default editor.

Navin Nagiah, CEO of DNN told us that they are committed to both the commercial and community editions of DotNetNuke. In order to strike a balance between the open source edition and the commercial editions, they always think about what they can give back to the community when they introduce new capabilities in the commercial editions.

The functionality they choose to move into the community edition is based on what the community is asking for and how they can make the experience as seamless as possible between their editions. And of course we have already seen that some functionality is added to the core automatically making it available to all editions.

A New Release Cycle Approach?

There was a little less than one month between the 5.3 and 5.4 releases of DNN. Walker indicated that he was very pleased with how much they are able to offer in such a short time frame. But don't expect to see shorter release cycles on a regular basis.

Walker said 5.4 came out quickly due to the Microsoft .NET 4 framework release. We should expect release cycles to resume as usual.

If you've been itching to move to the new .NET framework, DNN 5.4 is ready and waiting to work for you.