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Charlotte Day of DotNetNuke 2012

By Ralph Williams, Jr. on 6/8/2012

This is cross-posted from the ArrowNuke Blog

Last weekend I attended and presented at the Charlotte Day of DotNetNuke. This is my third Day of DotNetNuke that I was able to attend and present. Actually, the Tampa Day of DNN 2009 marks my first time presenting on DotNetNuke. These events have been great on balancing experienced, known experts as well as locals who are new to speaking at these community events.

I have been hearing a lot of praise for this year’s event being the best yet, and I must completely agree with that! The level of effort and quality that went into this event was amazing. It seems like each event builds on the last and only keeps getting better. This year the Queen’s City DotNetNuke User Group was in charge of organizing the event and I give them a lot of props!

I was honored to be able to present two sessions, Skinning 101: A Complete Introduction to Skinning and jQuery with DotNetNuke: Creating Rich User Interfaces with jQuery and the Core DNN Modules. My boss, Ryan Morgan, also presented two sessions: Linking SharePoint & DotNetNuke with the SharePoint Connector and The Magic of Multi-Portal Functionality in DotNetNuke.  

As I mentioned earlier, there is so much that goes into making an event like this a success and I feel that the more you put into the event yourself, the more you also get out of it. I would like to thank all of the speakers for giving of their time and money to the DNN community, as well as the volunteers and sponsors. I am proud to be a part of a company that was a Gold Sponsor of this year’s event.

All of the learning was fantastic, but my favorite part, as always, was being able to spend time with so many different people. One of the biggest perks as a speaker or volunteer is the Appreciation dinner on Friday night and this year’s was a blast! I have made so many friends through these different events and on Twitter and it was great to see them all and shoot them with Arrow arrows during lunch and all throughout the day! To wrap up the weekend was the DNN After Dark party. What a blast!! I got to see so many of the DNN Corp riding the mechanical bull at Whiskey River. Among the list was the one and only Shaun Walker, Will Strohl, Joe Brinkman, Will Morganweck, and DoDNN event coordinator, Clint Patterson. I also got to witness my boss, Ryan, not once but twice, get thrown from the bull. There was even a DNN hosting war, between PowerDNN and Applied Innovations! This was the beginning of a long night which concluded with Team Arrow, Sabrina Wall and I, taking down Team DNN, Shaun Walker and Will Strohl, just before getting kicked out of the Aloft hotel lobby! What a night!

Thanks again to the Awesome DotNetNuke Community as well as the DotNetNuke Corporation for their involvement and support!

As time allows I will be posting my session notes and a few more tutorials in the near future.