Microsoft and DotNetNuke have announced that the popular DotNetNuke Web development framework has fully moved to the Microsoft CodePlex community source site, enhancing an existing collaboration between the two entities.
Peter Galli, senior communications manager on the Microsoft Platform Strategy team, in a blog post, said DotNetNuke has decided to leverage the CodePlex infrastructure for its core product distribution.
The open-source Web application framework DotNetNuke is written in Visual Basic for the ASP.NET framework. Building on an existing relationship with Microsoft and CodePlex, DotNetNuke said the switch would begin with the DotNetNuke 4.9.1 and 5.0.0 product releases.
“DotNetNuke will utilize CodePlex for download infrastructure, bandwidth and metrics reporting for its core product offerings. Until now, DotNetNuke had been leveraging services from SourceForge.Net. DotNetNuke is also currently the second most commonly downloaded project on CodePlex.“
In February 2008, DotNetNuke established the DotNetNuke Forge, a premier destination for open-source collaboration on the DotNetNuke platform, and began a partnership with Microsoft and CodePlex, although not for core product distribution.
“The DotNetNuke Corporation researched the many open-source project hosting services available, and decided that CodePlex provided the ‘most reliable and dependable infrastructure, cleanest user experience, most advanced project administration tools and highest commitment to future innovation,’ said Scott Willhite, its co-founder and community director.“
“We are excited to welcome DotNetNuke to the CodePlex community,” Sara Ford, CodePlex program manager for Microsoft, said in a statement. “As the leading open-source Web application framework for ASP.NET, we’re looking forward to partnering with them to promote open-source development on the Microsoft platform. We’re also looking forward to hearing the feedback from the DotNetNuke community for improving the open-source development experience on CodePlex.”
Upon seeing the news of the initial DotNetNuke-CodePlex collaboration in May 2008, James Butterworth, who identified himself as a PC repair shop owner, posted comments on the CodePlex blog:
“This partnership looks like a really good thing. DotNetNuke is a really good piece of software. I use it on my company Intranet; I run a small PC Repair business in the UK.I certainly hope this will bring more goodness in the future. CodePlex really impress me, I am all for open source, as if it wasn’t for Open Source software, running my company would be so much more expensive. The open source movement means I can improve on software for my company’s use, and fix any bugs.“