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Beginning DotNetNuke Skinning and Design [Paperback]

Andrew Hay , Shaun Walker

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Nov. 5 2007 Programmer to Programmer
DotNetNuke is an open source framework built on top of the ASP.Net platform. While this system offers an impressive set of out-of-the-box features for public and private sites, it also includes a compelling story for folks who want to present a unique look and feel to visitors.

The skinning engine inside of DotNetNuke has strengthened over the course of several years and hundreds of thousands of registered users. The success of its skin and module developer community is another key indicator of the depth and breadth of this technology. The Core Team responsible for the DotNetNuke brand has gone to great lengths to enable a predictable and positive experience for both the visitors of the site and the developers who build them.

This book takes you through the process of designing a skin for a site. It describes a variety of techniques you can use in your HTML and CSS development as well as coding a few JavaScript, VB.Net, and C# statements. By the final chapter, you will be well versed in the installation, configuration, and customization of a DotNetNuke website.

The practical website design techniques described herein provide you with a modern, agile architecture that embraces the features in DotNetNuke and the flexibility of CSS. As a good steward of standards-based development, the author shows you how to work toward a DotNetNuke solution that successfully passes an HTML validation test. The interactive portions of this book examine how to add personalization, AJAX, Silverlight, and sIFR technology to extend your site.

When you finish this book, you’ll have a good idea of your next pursuit. You might choose to stay close to the presentation layer and dive deep into CSS and standards-based web development. Alternatively, this book might have whetted your appetite for DotNetNuke module development, or something in-between including JavaScript, AJAX, or Silverlight technology.

This book covers how to create a custom skin for DotNetNuke. As part and parcel of this process, it discusses the steps to install, configure, and construct a website for a specific group of users. The skin helps invoke the appropriate look and feel of the site and augments the content. It shows a variety of angles to address this challenge and presents several related technologies including CSS, Silverlight, AJAX, and sIFR that can be used to inspire the right mood for your particular site.


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Beginning DotNetNuke Skinning and Design

The skinning engine of DotNetNuke has strengthened over the last several years, making it a highly successful way to customize the look, feel, and user experience of a web site. Featuring a Foreword by DotNetNuke creator Shaun Walker, this book takes you through the process of designing a custom skin for a DotNetNuke site and shows you how to apply web design features to that site.

Author Andrew Hay discusses the necessary steps for streamlining the interaction between client and end-user, as well as designer and developer. To that end, he has divided the book into three sections: the first section addresses basic terminology used in DotNetNuke skinning. The second section shows you how to apply the skills you've acquired to a specific site. The final section explores new technologies and specialty areas of DotNetNuke, ASP.NET, and web site development.

No matter your amount of experience in web site development and regardless of platform, by the end of this book you will be well versed in the installation, configuration, and customization of a DotNetNuke web site.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to find, modify, and apply existing skins

  • Tips for working towards a DotNetNuke solution that successfully passes an HTML validation test

  • Ways to install a third party menu component

  • How to add personalization, AJAX, Silverlight, and sIFR technologies to extend your site

  • Ways to maximize the potential of web user controls in your site

Who this book is for
This book is for web developers who are interested in customizing the look and feel of a DotNetNuke web site.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Andrew Hay is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and the Director of Software Development at Pop Art, Inc. After graduating in 1995 with a B.S. from North Central College in Naperville, IL, he started his career at Peoples Energy in Chicago. Here, he wrote and maintained Assembly language code for an IBM OS/360 Mainframe computer. Some of these programs exceeded Andrew’s age. In the late 1990s, he was lured into the web development world with everyone else and joined The Information Management Group, Inc., also located in Chicago. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and winner of the Certified Technical Education Center of the Year award, this company was prime spot to witness the first release of the Microsoft .Net Framework. In late 2002, Andrew and his wife Kari moved to Portland, OR where he joined Pop Art, Inc. His current interests include standards-based web development, ASP.Net AJAX, and making the next batch of homebrew beer with his friends.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough content for a full book...? March 11 2008
By H. P. Chiosso - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is OK, there are some useful recommendations. However, the actual information about skin creation takes just a few chapters, and a good deal of the book is about DNN, installing DNN, they even throw in something about Silverlight. Which is useful, but probably not completely in the focus of the title, in my opinion.

Perhaps it would be nice to see more information about skin objects and container objects, with more information on how they look and how they can be configured. Or even discuss the appearence and skinning possibilities of some of the core modules.

The book seems to be targetting half way between developers and designers, and in that attempt may not result as useful as it could, to neither of them (too light for a developer, too technical for a designer). It does say "Programmer to programmer" in the subtitle, so the reader should consider himself warned about it. In any case, it would be nice to see a book like this, but aimed from a designer's perspective.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent How-To Jan. 7 2008
By B. Waldron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Let's face it - you don't use DNN for its good looks. The book was a great way for me to learn all of the customization options for DNN so I could build a great looking site.

The book has very believable practical examples and was glad to see a section about Silverlight.

If you are new to DNN, buy it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it Sept. 2 2008
By Kevin Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The first few chapters are painfully dry and appear to take you on a tour of DotNetNuke that you probably didn't want to take. Stick with it, you will find that the later parts of the book get practical and worth your time. The practical chapters are helpful, and will get you making your own skins very quickly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Helped Me Alot Jan. 6 2009
By Douglas E. Helmsing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off, I'm an utter "newbie" when it comes to web-design or development. This book opened the door for me when it comes to Skinning. I've since picked up a couple of books on HTML and CSS, and am on my way to building my own DNN Skins from scratch.

This book helped me to modify the couple of skins I had, and "whetted my appetite" to dig deeper. Good info for "newbs", and a helpful resource if your an experienced web-designer wanting to gain a grasp of the "Skinning Engine" in DotNetNuke.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dotnetnuke skinning Aug. 13 2009
By Ebenezer Aniapam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very good book. Good the book on time. Seller was excellent and delivery was prompt.
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