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Sitefinity meets Web 2.0

by Ivan Osmak

To break the monotony I’ve decided to make a short break from pluggable module series (though that series we’ll continue parallel with this new one) and give you the list of ten Web 2.0 applications you can build with Sitefinity! Some of you may scratch your head now and wonder if I was celebrating official release of Sitefinity 3.0 a bit more than I should of and if the common celebratory substances remaining in my body are making my blogging just little too creative. Nope. As I will show, Sitefinity 3.0 is much more than just yet another CMS.

Sitefinity meets Web 2.0

This, as I have already stated, will be yet another list (I’ve got hooked on lists after reading Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity).

Ten Web 2.0 apps you can build with Sitefinity

This is not a definite list, but I like number ten almost as much as creating lists. I also like popcorn, but that fact may be behind the scope of this post :)

So, here we go :

  1. Digg-clone application
  2. Dating site
  3. Photos sharing site
  4. Team collaboration application
  5. Feed aggregator
  6. Personal organizer ( TO-DO list + Calendar)
  7. Blogging platform
  8. Job board
  9. Social networking site
  10. Wiki

Now, don’t get me wrong. You will have to do some programming, but with Sitefinity you are more than half way done which ever of the listed applications you are about to build.

Every day, for the next ten days I will explain the rudimentary idea of how you could approach building one of the applications. For each application I will provide you with the (hehe… here we go with the lists again) :

  • Basic idea
  • Short features list
  • Basic implementation idea (user controls, modules, web controls…)
  • Ideas for improving the application
  • List of Sitefinity API methods and namespaces you should use to accomplish the task
  • Application diagram

So stay tuned, tomorrow I’ll kick it off with the Digg-clone app.


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  1. James Butler Oct 29, 2007
    Did this ever kick off? We are new to Sitefinity but interested in Social Networking areas, expecially 'Linked In' type application.
  2. Ivan Oct 31, 2007
    Hi James, well kind of. There were only two posts of this series written so far : http://blogs.sitefinity.com/Ivan/Post/07-05-18/sitefinity_meets_web_2_0_part_1_digg-clone_application.aspx and http://blogs.sitefinity.com/Ivan/Post/07-05-27/sitefinity_meets_web_2_0_part_2_dating_site.aspx To be perfectly honest the posts didn't generate as much interest as I thought they would and custom module topic was quite hot so I've went back to finishing that module and blogging about that. Anyhow, I'll pick it up in the coming days since the custom module is finished. One point that may interest you the most is that I'm contemplating at the moment to start extending the Sample.Contacts module into some kind of social netwroking platform. Obviously, this will not be a polished product by no means, but I guess one could think of it as a starter kit. I am not yet 100% sure I will go into doing this, since my time is quite a limiting factor, however even if I don't I'll write a blog post with some general ideas how to go about it.
  3. James Butler Nov 15, 2007
    Do let us know if you seriously plan to extend the Contacts module. It looks like we are definitely going to use Sitefinity for a new large project and this has to have a full jobs board and Linked In style social network possibly looking at the Google OpenSocial API as well so we would be interested to discuss your ideas and incorporate them in anything we do so that it is benefit to others.
  4. asdf Mar 12, 2008
    I zakaci nam za D/L kod :) Hvala
  5. james May 19, 2008
    good work man
  6. bob May 20, 2008
    great work man thx

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