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An Inside Look at the Evolution of DNN

By Shaun Walker

DotNetNuke Creator and DNN CORP Cofounder

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Following the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most-loved community technology projects
  • Discovering the legal, licensing, and IP business realities of open source software
  • Understanding the branding evolution of DotNetNuke to DNN
  • Exploring how open source and commercial business models can work together
  • Learning about start-ups, strategic marketing, partnerships, acquisitions, and venture capital funding

As much as DNN is an open source software application written for the Microsoft ASP.NET platform, it is also an online community with developers, end users, vendors, and volunteers—all working together collaboratively in a rich and diverse ecosystem. This chapter attempts to capture the essence of the project, expose its humble beginnings, provide insight into its evolution, and document its many achievements, but not shy away from some of the hard lessons learned in the process. The lifeblood of any community is its people; therefore, it is a distinct honor and privilege to be able to share some of the emotion and passion that have gone into the DNN project so that you may be able to establish a personal connection with the various stakeholders, which may ultimately motivate you to join this vibrant ecosystem.

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. . .

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