I'm happy to announce the release of mojoPortal 188.8.131.52, available now on the download page.
Important Upgrade Notes
We added a feature to combine and minify the CSS files in the skins. Those using custom skins should modify their skins as described here after upgrading.
This release also contains Oomph, as described in my previous post.
We have a new Croatian language translation thanks to Slaven Brumec.
Other than the above and a few bug fixes and feature tweaks as discussed in the forums since the last release, the main focus of this release is changes to make developers happy as discussed below.
Source Code Project Re-Organization
All of the content features like Blog, forum, Gallery, Maps, etc, have been moved out of the core mojoPortal projects into the mojoPortal.Features.* projects. This makes it possible to build and package a leaner version of mojoPortal without any features except Html Content. I will still continue to make the official mojoPortal releases with all the features, I have no plans to package separate mojoPortal lite packages myself, but the idea is that developers can package their own application with mojoPortal without having to include all the features we have. If you work with the mojoportal-core.sln Visual Studio Solution, it will build without any of the extra features and you can package it with UnLeashIt. If you build the mojoportal-complete.sln solution, post build events will copy the extra features up to the core Web project, so you don't want to do that if you plan to package without those features. Once they are copied up to the Web project UnLeashIt will include them, so you need to keep it clean by not building that solution if you want to package without those features.
As a result of this, features are now basically self contained within folders, like the Blog is in the siteroot/Blog folder and forums are in the siteroot/Forums folder and so on. For backward compatibility I created pages with the old names that will do a 301 redirect to the new pages. I also was careful to make sure friendly urls for existing blog posts would continue to work correctly.
The only thing site owners need to change is if they previously submitted a blog site map to google using siteroot/BlogSiteMap.ashx, you need to change that to siteroot/Blog/BlogSiteMap.ashx
When Should We Target .NET 3.5?
I'd like to gather input and opinions about when we should change the target platform to .NET 3.5. I'm eager to start playing with Silverlight in mojoPortal and it seems to need the 3.5 versions of ScriptManager to host the <asp:Silverlight control
The issues I see are:
- We need to be careful to keep compatibility with Mono. I think we can move forward with using .NET 3.5 on Windows and continue to build for .NET 2.0 for the MonoDevelop solution. We really won't add non-supported features in the core projects but we need to be able to specify 3.5 settings in Web.config of the core Web project. We already maintain a different Web.config file for Mono packages so this should not be a problem. We can put 3.5 functionality like Silverlight into separate projects and use post build events to deploy them into the main web for runtime as we do with most features. So these projects can be left out of the MonoDevelop Solution until they are supported. In summary I think we can workaround all issues relating to Mono and should be able to move forward while still maintaining Mono compatibility.
- Hosting - This is the issue I'm not entirely sure of and would appreciate any input. If the next release of mojoPortal for Windows targets the 3.5 runtime is that available at your hosting or will it pose a barrier to upgrade? It seems like most of the big name hosts have .NET 3.5, they don't like to be left behind by the competition.
- Visual Studio 2005 Issues? - As far as I know VS 2005 can target 3.5 without problems except maybe for Windows Workflow development and it doesn't have some of the built in project templates for 3.5 .NET projects. We already maintain separate VS 2005 solution files so we could leave out any projects if they don't work.
Forgot to mention that I updated the project road map yesterday.