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Southern Fried DNN Wrap Up

By Ralph Williams, Jr. on 4/18/2013

FriedDNNLogoI am a geek. One of my favorite things to do each year is to go hang out with a  bunch of other geeks and talk about a product that I use at work, DotNetNuke. But, DotNetNuke is much more than a product or tool, it’s also a community of great friends. Last weekend was Southern Fried DNN, an event that wrapped a day of hands-on training with the Day of DotNetNuke. The event was a blast as was all of the time away from the event which included dinners and party and just general hangout time in the hotel lobby. It was great to see some of my best friends and getting a chance to make new ones.

This was my 4th Day of DNN that I was able to be a part of.  As a matter of fact, the original Day  of DotNetNuke 2009 in Tampa was my first opportunity to present on Skinning with DotNetNuke. This year, I was privileged to be a trainer for the Skinning 101 session for the pre-event training and present on Skinning Responsive Skins for the Day of DNN.

RalphFriedDNN2During the Skinning 101 class in the pre-event training, I was able to lead the students through ways to set up their DotNetNuke environment, basic skinning concepts, making use of Skin Objects, setting up a menu using the core DDR menu, and provided a quick tutorial on packaging a skin. There was a lot to cram into the day, but I believe we were able to really tackle some of the basics of getting a skin created.

RalphFriedDNN1In my Skinning Responsive Skins session at the Day of DNN, I presented basic concepts of what Responsive Design is, how to implement CSS Media Queries and an overview of some of the frameworks that are available to assist in creating solid responsive designs.  I also gave a more in depth look at using Bootstrap in DotNetNuke and using some of the components within DotNetNuke.

As I mentioned earlier, this event has become one of my favorite events of the year and I must say the guys of the Queens City DotNetNuke User Group (QCDUG) did a fantastic job! This year’s event was even better than last year’s which itself was a fantastic event.

I am usually able to enjoy this type of event twice a year, once at the Day of DotNetNuke (run by the DNN Community) and once at DNNWorld (run by DNN Corp.). But, alas, this year’s DNNWorld was cancelled. Making me a very sad panda… That is until my boss, Ryan Morgan, walked into my office and asked, “How do you feel about the fact that you will be running your first Day of DNN??” So, this October 19th, we will be hosting the very first Day of DotNetNuke Palm Beach. In case you’re keeping count, that’s 2 (two) Day of DNN’s this year! So, I will be very busy for the next 6 months, but am very excited to know that I will be able to see everyone again later this year.

Slideshows for my sessions at Southern Fried DNN.