Fun with the Class Designer in Visual Studio…

A great way to learn the DotNetNuke structure is to examine the classes. Using the class designer in Visual Studio is a great way to do that. (This only works if you have Visual Studio 2005 Standard or higher. it does not work with the Express versions.)

Open the source version of DotNetNuke in Visual Studio 2005, Right-click on the SqlDataProvider.vb file in the Provider.SqlDataPrivider project and select “View Class Diagram”

The Class will appear in the designer window. Click on the symbol to expand it.

Right-click on the shaded area at the top of the class diagram and select “Show Base Class”

The DataProvider class which is the base class appears.



If we do the same with the DNNSQLRoleProvider and continue to repeat the same process with each class it leads up back to ProviderBase

This also works in the other direction. If we click on RoleProvider and select “Show Derived Classes”…

The SQLRoleProvider displays.

Lets look at something big…

Right-click on “Entities” in the DotNetNuke.Library project.

This leaves you with a lot to explore…



Michael Washington – (United States)


About eagle081183

Passionate, Loyal
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s