IOD: Visual Studio Supported RSS Enclosures


Podcasting seems to have everyone hyped up on the possibility of RSS delivered media downloads.  In Whidbey we’ll have a Visual Studio community download search, but what if Visual Studio subscribed to feeds that automatically gave you some of the latest snippets, help docs, project templates, samples, add-ins, etc?  What if you could scope a search feed to match keywords so that you could say “automatically install and notify me of any samples that use the Foobar.Foo method”? Would you make use of such a feature?

Edit Note: To be clear… RSS Enclosures are NOT supported in the current community download mechanism. This is just some outloud thinking.

We do have a cool community download mechanism in whidbey though that I’ll make sure we get a demo of our soon.

Comments (12)

  1. How do you spell "Hell yeah" in C#? 😉

  2. While I’d love that, I’d love it more if VS could BITS down updates in the background so we could get patches before they were needed…

    I’ve been going through Hell with the 100kline VB.NET problem myself…

  3. AT says:

    "Foobar.Foo" ? Never. I’m (just like any average user) do not know that I realy need.

    Even more – if due to some mental illness I will become aware on that I need – then I will use Google and find this immediately. Without waiting for MSDN authors to deliver this to me.

    The only way I see how this can be done – I can select some languages or technologies I’m interested in. But this is NOT to find something usefull – but to remove something useless for me.

    I’m not interested in VB or ASP.NET tips. I’m not interested in PocketPC developments, etc ..

    Everything else – are _possibly_ in my interest and must be delivered to me.

    The only possible problem – is in case if there will be a lot of tips/samples/add-ins – than I will need additional way to remove useless topics.

    For example you add a rating to all items and user can select something like – Everything rated at least 3 stars (according to some minimum number (ex. 20) votes), or Best 20 items this week by rating.

    This will remove content people rated as useless and will save time for a lot of people.

  4. AT says:

    P.S> Additional idea for post rating. I can sign-up and vote. The same can do others people.

    But here is a trick – I can select a few users I trust – and calculate rating average based on their votes – not on total votes.

    They can also select others users they trust – and their selection will affect how rating calculated for me.

    Example:

    TAG (me) trusts Bob, Jane and Will.

    Bob trusts UserBob1, UserBob2 .. etc ..

    A few users voted on topics.

    Now based on trust-distance all votes get some weight. My own vote get weight 1000 for me, votes of Bob, Jane and Will (if any) will get weight 100, votes of Bob users will get weight 10.

    Now then it’s needed to calculate rating for me – weighted average used.

    This will keep needed level of personalization for me – while not asking me to write down all my interests.

    This is core idea – it can be improved in a lot of ways 😉

  5. josh ledgard says:

    To be clear… RSS Enclosures are NOT supported in the current community download mechanism. This is just some outloud thinking.

    We do have a cool community download mechanism in whidbey though that I’ll make sure we get a demo of our soon.

  6. Danny says:

    Nice idea, but I’m not sure exactly how you’d add the extra metadata to mark something as Foobar.Foo usage (or trust ratings) in RSS 2.0. If you do work something out, I’d be grateful if you could drop me a line.

    Check:

    http://dannyayers.com/archives/2004/11/01/rss-10-enclosures/

  7. 你的文章对我很有帮助。

  8. I don’t know exactly why, but "source casting" does sound pretty sweet!

  9. Chris Gastin says:

    This would be awesome.

  10. josh ledgard says:

    Thanks for the additional feedback.