Tuesday, April 29, 2003

IdeaGraph Looks like SharpReader is not the only aggregator that can display relationships between items in RSS feeds. I just found out that Danny Ayers has been working on IdeaGraph, a Java application "for creating visual maps of ideas, that can work with web pages, documents and images". Among other things, this application can read RSS feeds and show relationships between... (177 words, 4 Comments)

Monday, April 28, 2003

Now that's a sharp idea! Les sent me a link to Glen Stampoultzis' blog, who writes: Looks like JetBrains (IntelliJ) are considering doing a C# IDE. Spotted this on the early access newsgroup: Hi there, Noticed intellij are advertising for a C# developer on the .com website. Does this mean a C# version of IDEA is coming? geoff It's coming if we find those great... (128 words, 2 Comments)

Sunday, April 27, 2003

OPML import from a URL I just discovered that SharpReader can actually import OPML files directly from a URL, instead of just from a file. Simply enter the URL in the File|Import dialog and press enter to load it. The cool thing is that this features is not by design, but comes for free with the .NET FrameWork - all my code does is a... (103 words, 11 Comments)

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Trackbacks integrated in comments feed I finally got around to integrating trackbacks into my comments feed. I initially followed Paul Freeman's suggestion of using Brad Choate's MTSQL plugin. This is an extremely powerful plugin, though it added a level of complexity to my template that I would rather avoid if possible. Then Adam Kalsey posted a new version of SimpleComments that included everything I needed,... (91 words, 11 Comments)

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

The logic (or lack thereof) behind xhtml:body When Sam started a small revolution last month by using <xhtml:body> in his rss-feed, he said this was because it was "more bandwidth and xpath friendly". I can see it's more xpath friendly (though I'm not sure why anyone would want to xpath into the description of an item), but bandwidth friendly? All you're saving in comparison with <content:encoded> is... (122 words, 10 Comments)

Sunday, April 20, 2003

MT Trackback feed I posted something a while ago about wanting to create a combined trackback/comments feed. Phil Ringnalda pointed me to Mark Paschal's version of SimpleComments, which works great, but there's still one problem I'm running into: MT does not seem to have a trackback-version of the <MTCommentEntry>-tag. And without this, how would I be able to have a trackback feed that... (110 words, 4 Comments)

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Goodbye Tivo, I hardly knew ya... Interesting timing... Last night I blogged about how Tivo should adopt the business model of a cable company, and this morning I read an ad in my local newspaper saying my local cable company now offers DVRs. For only $6.95 per month without any up-front costs, I can get a DVR that will allow me to pause live TV, record... (100 words, 4 Comments)

Tivo Brad loves his Tivo, as does seemingly everybody else that owns one. I have considered buying one myself, but there's one thing in particular that has stopped me from doing so so far: Tivo has yet to make any money, and a Tivo box without a Tivo service is worthless. This is because you're not just buying a piece of... (249 words, 6 Comments)

Friday, April 18, 2003

Visual C# 2003 Upgrade? VS.NET 2003 will be out soon and Microsoft is offering a $29 upgrade price for current users of VS.NET. Does anybody know if the same deal will be extended to Visual C#.NET users? I bought my own personal copy of VC#.NET and would love to upgrade to Everett, but would hate to pay full price again.... (56 words, 1 Comments)

Thursday, April 17, 2003

BlogThisUrl SharpReader plugin I created a sample plugin that will open a URL in an external browser using the information that is passed to the plugin. It comes with a template that posts to Movable Type (based on the MT bookmarklet). The template-file contains a URL with special <$XPATH$> tags that will be replaced with the appropriate contents. You will need to edit... (114 words, 17 Comments)

SharpReader SharpReader has been released. This version has the following changes: Added a "File | Open" menu-item. Added a "File | Subscribe" menu-item. Mark updated items in italics. Added a label before the address text box; ALT-D selects address text box. Fixed KeepAlive bug that sometimes kept connections open too long. Fixed bug in proxy authentication. Better retry-mechanism for failed... (231 words, 58 Comments)

Thursday, April 10, 2003

RSS Aggregator Plugins ScottW sent me an email about Simon Fell's suggestion for a common plugin model for .NET RSS Aggregators. I think having a common plugin model is a great idea and would love to implement something like this in SharpReader. A few things about his proposed standard are puzzling me though: Why is the item-data passed around as XML? This seems... (463 words, 5 Comments)

Tuesday, April 8, 2003

SharpReader in Japanese I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this works, but this screenshot of SharpReader in Japanese is still pretty damn cool. Now if only I could figure out what it says... [via Stuart Woodward] Stuart also mentions that the filter suffers from mojibake - I'll have to fix that in the next release...... (54 words, 11 Comments)

I guess DiveIntoSharpReader is out... Mark prefers Syndirella over SharpReader: FWIW, I’ve tried both and like Syndirella better. Its interface seemed better designed, and it was simple to add new feeds. SharpReader apparently can only import a feed list from an OPML file; if there’s a "subscribe to new feed" option, I sure can’t find it. (Update: Paul found it by reading the manual. Rule... (379 words, 16 Comments)

Monday, April 7, 2003

Comments RSS Feed I've created a comments RSS feed for my weblog. I looked into SimpleComments to get it integrated with trackbacks, but that plugin seems to only work within the context of an entry. If anybody has any suggestions on how to integrate trackbacks, please let me know. If I cannot get it integrated I may just have to create yet another... (63 words, 5 Comments)

I need a comments feed or better yet, a combined trackback/comments feed. With all the comments and trackbacks I've received for SharpReader, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of what I have and have not read yet. Using a comments rss-feed I would be able to use SharpReader itself for this task... and if I setup the description to have a link to the... (73 words, 3 Comments)

SharpReader support Harry Pierson writes: I see Luke has resurfaced after going dark for 24 hours straight. I wonder if he was handling feature requests? I apologize in advance to anybody who expects me to work 24x7 churning out new features and bugfixes for SharpReader because it's just not going to happen. I actually have a full-time job, a wife, two kids,... (144 words, 3 Comments)

Dmitry Jemerov to quit Syndirella? Dmitry Jemerov writes: I'm really, really tempted to give up Syndirella development. And this is one of the reasons why. SharpReader today has just about everything that I wanted to implement in Syndirella in the next 2-3 months. So, instead of spending time creating Yet Another implementation, I'd rather continue the development of Structorian or a C++/SDL client for DungeonLab.... (118 words, 1 Comments)

Open links in external browser other than IE A few people have mentioned that the "open links in external browser" functionality always uses Internet Explorer (even if this is not your default browser). I would assume this does not happen when you double-click an item as I simply call System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(url) to open the link. If even a double-click still uses IE, please let me know. As far as... (127 words, 11 Comments)

SharpReader on Windows 9x SharpReader (like me) doesn't seem to like Windows 98 or Windows ME. This is going to be hard to fix as I don't have access to a Win98 or WinME system anymore. I upgraded my home system from Windows ME to Windows XP over a year ago and have not looked back since... Does anybody know if there are known... (144 words, 6 Comments)

wow... I'm a bit overwhelmed by the response I got on SharpReader... I posted it about 24 hours ago, and already have 17 comments, 24 trackbacks and 17 emails. SharpReader's threading functionality works like a charm to show all the responses in the feeds I'm reading, and for those I do not subscribe to, feedster reports 47 hits when searching for... (167 words, 11 Comments)

Sunday, April 6, 2003

Introducing SharpReader SharpReader is a .NET 3-pane RSS Aggregator. Some of its main features are: handles all RSS versions, modules like dublin core, content:encoding, xhtml:body, etc. allows you to group your subscribed feeds in categories easily reorder your subscribed feeds through drag-and-drop feed-refresh settings per feed or per category reduces bandwidth by using HTTP Conditional GETs RSS Auto-discovery minimizes to the system-tray... (178 words, 140 Comments)

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Worst Aggregator UI, Ever? Dave added a feature to Radio to use the Start Menu as the UI to a RSS Aggregator. Is it just me, or does this look like an extremely awkward way to view your RSS feeds? I mean, there are no item descriptions, no indications of what you have seen before, you'll have to traverse the Start Menu all over... (83 words, 5 Comments)

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

MSDN adds RSS feeds Tim Ewald: MSDN finally has official RSS feeds! Here are the URIs: Recently published on all of MSDN Visual Basic .NET Visual C# .NET Visual C++ .NET Visual Studio .NET .NET Framework XML Web Services Excellent! subscribed!... (38 words)