Introducing Sueetie Groups

Yeah, that’s right.  Sueetie Groups, as in…Groups!  Groups within a .NET-based Online Community Application, sharing a single website, a single membership system, a single database, a single license.  Oh, wait.  It’s Open Source, so there is no license.  Scratch that last part.

Groups were one of the capabilities of the Sueetie architectural model that I wanted to demonstrate early on, as I’ve spoken to several companies who were looking for this functionality in Sueetie. I could have created any number of groups on the site, but I felt three groups would sufficiently demonstrate the concept.

The goal of the groups on is to demonstrate proof of concept, not to create thriving groups in and of themselves.  With that in mind I created groups on topics of interest to me:  Fitness, the Zune, and Clean Energy.  Each group has its own blog, forum, media gallery and wiki. The groups are public with no access restrictions.  Adding restricted access and group membership request functionality is only a matter of typing.  Another role, another button, another setting in a web.config file.

I’ll leave the technical aspects of Sueetie Groups for the Sueetie Wiki when I document implementation, which I hope to do soon.  For now I want to mention that no additional ASPNET roles were required for the public groups on display at  Secondly, not a single table or database object was added to support Sueetie Groups.  Not having to duplicate databases or SQL objects to add group functionality is extremely Sueet!

Below are a few screenpics.  To view for yourself, cruise to


The Sueetie Groups landing page.  The three current groups are circled


The Zune Group Home Page where links to the group’s applications are circled


The Zune Group Wiki with Zune Group navigation links circled


The Clean Energy Media Library

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.