Thursday, May 24, 2007

Follow-up questions

Listed below are some questions and answers from the last user group meeting.

Q: I have alot of VBA experience and would like to learn VB.Net. What resources are available that can help with this?
A: There are several sites available online to assist with this. For starters, check out the following links:

Q: I created an application as a web site. Is there difference in deploying it between a web site application and a web
project application? Is there any way to deploy it as a web site application?
A: ASP.Net 2.0 "web sites" are different from the "web projects" you worked with in VS2003. Deploying a web site in VS2005
requires a different procedure (see for more information). If you want to build
and deploy web applications in VS2005 the same way you did in VS2003, you will need to download VS2005 SP1
( ). This will
allow you to create a "web project" in VS2005 and deploythe same way you did in VS2003, as opposed to the existing web site.
After you install SP1, you will be able to see the web project template in VS2005. Until then, you can only create a web

Q: How can I step through a stored procedure while debugging code?
A: Check out "Debugging SQL Server 2005 Stored Procedures in Visual Studio"

Q: How long will VB6 be supported?
A: Visual Basic 6.0 runtime will be supported for the full lifetime of Windows Vista, which is five years of mainstream support followed by five years of extended support”, which means it is supported until at least 2017. For more info, please visit

Thanks to all who contributed to the meeting and the discussion. For more information on upcoming meetings, please visit All meetings are free an open to all developers.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

DotNetNuke Follow-up Questions

Listed below are follow-up questions from our last user group meeting on DotNetNuke.

Q: What are the System Requirements for DNN?
A: Win2003 server, IIS, ASP.Net 2.0

Q: Does DNN install as a "web-site" or does it take over IIS?
A: DNN installs as a simple web site application. Installation in simple, and by Default it installs with SQL Server Express.

Q: Can DNN sites be crawled by internet search engines?
A: DNN sites can be crawled. The menu actually checks the HTTP user agent string to see if a spider is hitting the site and presents an alternative menu to make it easier for the spider to crawl the site.

Q: Is everything stored in the DB, much like SharePoint?
A: Most items are in the DB, much like SharePoint. Some organizations do DB migrations to move all content. There are some .JPG files or other resource files that are not stored in the DB directly. For the most part, everything is stored in the DB.

Q: Can SharePoint or ASP.Net 2.0 web parts be incorporated into DNN without customization? A: Web parts will not work without modification.

Q: What DBs does DNN support out of the box?
A: The databases supported are SQL Express, and SQL Standard to Enterprise. There are also third party data providers available for Oracle and MySQL.