As you may have noticed, I've had a bit of a change on the site - I rolled out the new look and feel back in September, before I'd put in place all the authoring controls, but as you can tell, I've been able to upload new photos recently, and I now have the blog authoring interface back in place as well.
Thanks go out to:
- Free CSS Templates for the design (based on Interlude) - good tip there for other developers, get someone with an eye for these things to put a design together - it generally looks a lot better than your best efforts
- Microsoft for ASP.Net MVC - great fun to play with, and a joy to work in after years of Web Forms.
- Frederico Caldeira Knabben for CKEditor - FCKeditor had served us well previously on the old site, and integrating CKEditor in this site was the work of a few minutes (and then a couple of hours playing around with the configuration settings - removing unneeded controls from the menu bar, swapping in my smileys, adding Code highlighting styles to the options, etc).
- Andrea Ercolino for Chili, the Code Highlighter - easy to set up, but I still need to get my head around it's recipes for some of my languages.
- jQuery Form Plugin from Mike Alsup. - again, very easy to set up.
- Jörn Zaefferer for jQuery AutoComplete - some surprising niggles with this one, in terms of the difference in what it was expecting from the URL option and the Array you could set it up with - don't use a JsonResult is the key take away there, use a ContentResult, as it's just expecting a block of text back.
- All the many people who make jQuery what it is.
- The Gu, Scott Hanselman, Rob Connery and Phil Haack for ASP.NET MVC 1.0, a great sample chapter of which is available, and Stephen Walther for his preview chapters, and great talks at TechEd Europe these past two years.
- Many other people who've posted things on the internet, or at StackOverflow (so I guess I should mention Joel and Jeff in there as well then ) whose wisdom has helped me late at night.
Now that this is all up and running again (other than a few tweaks here and there), hopefully we'll be publishing more content - starting with some posts on how I've found working with ASP.NET MVC, why I moved from LINQ to SQL to Entity Framework, and why that fixed the problems I was having, but introduced new ones that were harder to fix (I need to write that soon, before EF4 is released in March and makes this obsolete).
It's good to be back!
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