BlogWave version 0.3 (Alpha 3) – Released!


This release is full of cool new features.  Drag-and-drop enables creating complex aggregate feeds in literally seconds.  Context Menus. NNTP (newsgroup) support.  A pluggable architecture and a C# code sample showing how to connect BlogWave to additional data sources .  Whats not to like ?!?

Get it HERE (BlogWave_v03.zip, 531K)

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BlogWave – Change Log
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Version 0.3 (Alpha 3) – 8/19/2004

  • Added support for syndicating NNTP newsgroups.  (Thanks Adam!)
  • Switched to an FTP library which supports unicode (Thanks Mark!)
  • When aggregating feeds, the aggregate feed title is set to BlogWave’s ‘Feed Title’ , and the Source property in each item is set to the title of the originating feed. This is consistent with the aggregated views of .Text sites such as blogs.asp.net.
  • Context Menus are now accessible by right-clicking a feed.  The menus mirror the options available in the task pane.
  • Added Drag-and-Drop support:
    •  Dragging a URL onto the feed pane will automatically create a new feed.
    •  Dragging a URL onto an existing feed in the feed pane will add a new source to the feed. (great for quickly creating aggregate feeds!)
    •  Both “http://” (for RSS sources) and “news://” (for NNTP sources) work with the drag and drop.
  • Source and Destination adapters are dynamically detected and loaded from the ‘Adapters’ subdir. Deploying additional adapters is as simple as copying the DLLs into that directory.
  • Exposed the .NET programming interface necessary to implement a source or destination adapter. So now anyone can write adapters for BlogWave 🙂   
  • Added a sample project with an example in C# of an adapter implementation.
  • The Proxy Server support added in Alpha 2 still has issues with NTLM authentication.

 

 

 

Comments (19)

  1. Wow! Looks like Andy Santo already has a new version of Blogwave out. Man this guy pumps out a lot of new features. I haven’t tried this version yet myself but I am looking forward to it….

  2. BlogWave version Alpha 3 リリース(管理情報を RSS として集約、配信可能)

  3. Chris Sells says:

    What? No screenshots? How do I even know what BlogWave is? I never download anything w/o screenshots.

  4. Addy Santo says:

    Heh, now that I’ve been noticed/chastised by Chris Sells I can die a happy man 😉

    I’ll add updated screenshots soon, in the meantime you can find some for the previous versions (which look almost the same since the UI hasn’t changed much) here:

    Alpha 2: http://weblogs.asp.net/asanto/archive/2004/07/27/199124.aspx

    Alpha 1 (initial version):

    http://weblogs.asp.net/asanto/archive/2004/07/21/190667.aspx

  5. Dan H says:

    Addy, got a couple of interesting syndication sources to consider adding. How about Outlook/Exchange. It might be nice for address book and really nice for calendar. Or even for a list of messages in a specific folder – for example I keep a "Kudos" folder where I deposit any "great job" emails from clients/employers. It’s nice to look through it before review time! But maybe I want to post it to my website as an RSS feed to keep everyone updated about my good feedback!

    I can imagine running BlogWave as a scheduled task on my workstation every morning and then ftp’ing the RSS doc to my website. Actually, I probably wouldn’t want to publish my schedule to my website :), but you get my drift.

  6. Addy Santo says:

    I’ll put those onto the wishlist…

    BTW, BlogWave can FTP the RSS directly to your website – it already supports FTP as a destination 🙂

  7. Dan H says:

    Thanks.

    BTW, I have been working on it some. I found this little app (http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/OutlookConnector.asp) with some nice code exporting Outlook entities (emails, contacts, tasks, etc) as XML into a file you specify. I had to tweak it a little to get it to work, but it looks promising. At worst for now, I could get it to write the file to where I need it to be and then write the adapter so that it reads it in and transforms it to something that looks like an RSS feed.

    BTW, thanks for the adapter example. Can EndPointInfo.URL be a local file reference? Forget it, I can suppress the URL when configuring the feed and use the Additional Info items to specify a local file path.

  8. Addy Santo says:

    Dan,

    That sounds awesome. BTW, the URL is used only by the adapter, so you can put in whatever you want. The advantage to using it as opposed to the AdditionalItems is that it is displayed in the UI, so users know what that source is pointing to.

    If you have any additional questions don’t hesitate to ask!

  9. Dan H says:

    Addy, I’m getting close. I’ll have to take a break and get some real work done :), but I should be able to have a working custom Outook Adapter finished tonight or tomorrow.