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DNN 9 is coming soon

By Jason Stone on 9/28/2016

Update: DNN 9 is here. For information on the current version of DNN, please see my post "What is the latest version of DNN?"

In a recent DNN Community Blog post entitled, "DNN 9 and the Future of the DNN Platform," DNN VP Technology & Community Relations, Joe Brinkman, shared that DNN 9 is en route and due for delivery by year's end.

He goes on to share that in DNN 9, the Persona Bar concept that is currently only available in the licensed Evoq version of DNN will be made part of the DNN platform. The plan is to also completely rebuild the control panel, admin and host modules to use this new framework.

Joe's blog post lays out four goals to keep DNN relevant and able to innovate over the coming years:

  • Reconstruct DNN to minimize our reliance on Web Forms architecture
    • It is becoming more and more difficult to find developers who want to use Web Forms, so the embrace of SPA and MVC in DNN 8 is a major game-changer, and the creation of a completely new administrative framework in DNN 9 takes that vision to an exciting new level
  • Provide developers the freedom to use a variety of frameworks
    • As new frameworks mature and find broader audiences, it's important to know that your existing technology choices won't get in the way
  • Protect customers’ existing investments in DNN
    • Rather than making existing customers' sites obsolete and forcing migration efforts, DNN has made a conscious decision to respect customers' finite resources
  • Provide a fully supported upgrade path for everyone
    • A lofty but admirable goal

Bottom line, we like the direction they're headed and look forward to getting our hands on the next release.

Jason Stone

Jason Stone is Engage's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is a veteran Internet marketer, whose previous business ownership experience gives him valuable, client-side perspective. He's quick with a good idea or a laugh, but whether his blog posts are worth reading, well that's another story...