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Can non-DNN RadMenu use DNN datasource?

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Ryan Mariotti
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Ryan Mariotti asked on 25 Mar 2010, 11:51 PM
Telerik,

I have an interesting use case that may be more common than you expect: I have an existing ASP.NET 2.0 web application that I am adding a side-by-side DNN site for content management.  Even though the DNN/content site and my webapp site are technically two different web sites, I want the user experience to be seamless.

This requires that the navigation menu in both the DNN site and the non-DNN web app site look and act identical.  My initial implementation thought was:

DNN Site: use the included RadMenu to display the DotNetNuke nav menu data (easy).
Web App Site: use RadMenu with identical skinning, but somehow query the DNN SQL database as the RadMenu datasource in this non-DNN site.

Is there any way to accomplish this?  If supported (or even if custom code could accomplish), you'd have one more buyer of your ASP.NET AJAX controls!

Many thanks for your input, of for input of anyone who's tackled a similar problem.

Ryan

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Dimitar Milushev
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answered on 29 Mar 2010, 12:30 PM
Hello Ryan Mariotti,

The DNN RadMenu we provide is actually a DNN SkinObject that wraps a regular RadMenu and uses DNN's API to retrieve the navigation data from DNN and add it as items in the RadMenu. There should be no problem feeding the same data to the RadMenu if you can retrieve it from inside the Web App.

Let me know if you have further questions.

All the best,
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