Andrew Connell

Recent blog updates...

For those who syndicate but don’t read my blog, I want to comment on a few updates I’ve done recently… content related.

  • Added an “About Me & Blog Overview” page: this page has a little background of who I am, the purpose of my blog and what I use it for, as well as an explination of the post categories and link prefix codes for all the links I’ve added (see left panel of the site).
  • Added “My Bookshelf” page: contains a list of the books I use most for work and also my favorite/recent recreational books. All have an image and link to .
  • Added News section: located in the upper left just below the navigation menu, I enabled the .Text news component. I’ll use this to post to specific posts within my site.
  • Added a ton of links: in the left panel starting after the Post Categories, you’ll see a Blog Roll, Dev - .NET, Dev - MCMS2002, DEV - Windows SharePoint Services /SPS2003, and Downloads sections filled with links. I added a ton of the links I frequent.
  • Added link codes/prefixes: you’ll notice in my list of links I’ve added some prefixes liks [appD], [appU], [blog], [nntp], [url], etc. This is to indicate what type of link/resource this is. To see what they mean, click the “code legend” links below the categories OR goto the blog overview page.
  • New development links: one group of links I added was for MCMS 2002, SPS2003, and general .NET. These are the sites and resources I most frequent for these technologies and I only mention the good ones I hit frequently at work.
  • New download links: there are so many apps we use at work and home from documentation apps for our tools we write to system utilities to defrag a page file or spybot software. Most of my tools are on Scott Hanselman’s Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tools List . I listed them on mine because his list is so long and I don’t use everything he links to.

I’m also testing two new blogging tools: BlogJet and VisualBlogger . BlogJet is nice how you can put images in your post and specify FTP info so when you post, BlogJet will take the link, convert it in your post to point to where it’s uploading the image to. VisualBlogger is nice… looks like Outlook, you can post to multiple blogs easily, and it looks like it’s for the developer as you can insert some code very very easily (with line numbers). We’ll see how they work out… BlogJet’s trial is running out, but VisualBlogger is still in beta so I can use it for free a little longer before I have to decide.

ยป Update 7/15: Well my BlogJet trial is almost over. Unfortuantly I’m in a pickle because I like VisualBlogger more, but it’s buggy as hell, unreliable and crashes. BlogJet also crashes occassionally. Think I’ll go back to w.Blogger until VisualBlogger becomes more stable so I can do a better evaluation and see what the pricing is. VisualBlogger seems like the blogging tool for those of us technical bloggers (love the code formatting).

Finally, I’m waiting on the next release of .Text before I make some big changes. I have always tried to mess with the skins and just make it work for me, but I think when .Text comes out, I’m going to mod the source code and build my own personal version… like the .Text AC Extensions. What do I plan to include? Lemme see what Scott puts in v0.96 first.

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.