Re: Any Estimated Date for DNN 3.x Production(non-beta) Release? by xddg You know, I didn't update my own website to 2.1.2 until October – and I have been privy to aspects of 3.04 but to be honest, for me it's business as usual using 2.1.2 and deploying projects for quite some time using dnn 2.1.2.
I really do appreciate all the features that DNN 3 brings, but one thing I've learnt over the last 2 years of the DNN / IBUYSPY world is that things take time.
If you are a developer, then it's great, you can go an take the code and modify it, make it work, sort out problems or get a leg up on some projects that others may have to wait for.
But, the reality is, the majority of users of DNN are not developers, they are a mix of people, some web designers, employers, looking for community projects, people on selling dnn services etc. We are reliant on a standard install to deploy and either purchase modules or use free ones to value add our services. So a robust install of DNN is always favoured.
I have absolutely no problems or embarrassment or excuses to not sell 2.1.2 for the mainstream client as it stands. It is a solid, reliable environment that deserves much credit in reforming how DotNetnuke is perceived by the general public.
Although I designed the skin and icons for the latest release, I still think that the existing 2.1.2 is a brilliant product and the variety of skins available for free and for a few dollars are more than ample to sell to the end user.
I have clients using 1.10 and love it.(I confess I do most of their updates ok) An it depends how you wrap dnn when promoting it.
>From my perspective, I look at DNN 3 as being the icing on the cake for future projects and ideas I might have in store for the future. I have learnt the hard way of promoting something that has an intangible date due to the very nature of the project… open source, managed/developed/coded by volunteers with input from hundreds of other volunteers. And believe it or not, sometimes life/work/problem solving time gets in the way.. and DNN doesn't work as fast as the enthusiasm!
It gives me a little bit of sadness thinking that we're tossing 2.1.2 out the door before 3 is ready to walk because of it's extra functionality. It's not that I don't love the new DotNetNuke 3.04 Beta – I do, I really do, but I see from the inside, just how much is involved as it grows, to be as careful as possible to make it upgradeable, compatible, friendly, multi lingual, more intuitive…
The other aspect is that this year, I had to part with some clients who I couldn't satisfy with DNN (because I have chosen the DNN or Bust path) and I have learnt the hard way that the DNN in the hand will make my clients happy today than the Shiny DNN that I can taste and touch, but dang, I can't eat yet!!
If I had clients on the go, and had a viable solution using 2.1.2, I would recommend you take the opportunity, get them enjoying the fabulous DotNetNuke environment and wow, when 3 and 30 for 3 hits the floor as a rock solid product, you have the opportunity to up sell and Ansell and perhaps get a second bite of the cherry.
I think it's going to be 2005 before I would consider using it on a commercial project if I was a non developer.
Just my two cents worth ..