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Scaffolds DNN extensions, including Modules (Webforms, SPA, and MVC), Persona Bar, Skin Object, Library, Scheduler, and Hotcakes Commerce projects (based on generator-upendodnn built by Matt Rutledge).

The 25 minute video below will walk you through everything you need to know. (right-click and open in a new tab)

DNN: Building Enterprise & Team Friendly Solutions & Extensions with UpendoDNN


First, install Yeoman and generator-upendodnn using npm (we assume you have pre-installed node.js).

Warning: You may need to add the user path to your Environmental Variables. Here is an example from Windows 10 (you'd replace your username):


You also need to install the latest version of MSBuild if you don't already have it installed.

Now, simply run the following commands:

npm install -g yo
npm install -g yarn
npm install -g generator-gsndnn

Then generate your new project:

mkdir my-project-name
cd my-project-name
yo upendodnn

You're intended to first create the Solution Structure if you haven't yet done so in this directory.

More verbose instructions on how to use this.

Getting To Know Yeoman

  • Yeoman has a heart of gold.
  • Yeoman is a person with feelings and opinions, but is very easy to work with.
  • Yeoman can be too opinionated at times but is easily convinced not to be.
  • Feel free to learn more about Yeoman.

Video Overview

First-Timers: How to Use

  1. Install the generator as shown above.
  2. Create and navigate to a folder where you wish to begin your new DNN-based solution. (command line example is above)
  3. Run yo upendodnn in CMD or Powershell in that folder.
  4. For the first time, you'll want to always first choose the Solution scaffold and step through the wizard.
  5. Once the solution scaffold is created, run yo upendodnn again to add your other desired DNN solutions/projects.
  6. After you add the desired solution/project, open the original Solution scaffold in Visual Studio and add the new project to this main solution.
  7. Build your awesome DNN extension(s) as you see fit. Everything is now under one easy to open, run, code, build, and commit to source control solution.
  8. Say hi to Will at DNN Summit and DNN-Connect. :)

More Documentation

Want to learn more or how to build the generator code locally?

Original Project Documentation


MIT © 2018 Matt Rutledge

MIT © 2019 Upendo Ventures, LLC

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