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University and Graduation

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Four years ago I began a journey towards a university undergraduate degree. That journey has ended, and I have some retrospectives as I seek my next adventure.

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Exciting Things About ASP.NET vNext Series: The Ultimate Guide


ASP.NET vNext is looking to be a very interesting release, in part due to the way the team has changed its development process. Various components under the ASP.NET umbrella are being developed separately, and will be distributed in the form of focused libraries through NuGet. The ASP.NET GitHub account shows the way these are progressing individually.

The topic link points to a master list, compiled by Tugberk Ugurlu, which lists literature currently available about the different components in progress. There is much related reading material listed also.

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Mobile Connectivity for US-Bound Canadians

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I recently traveled to Seattle. The last time I went, I did not arrange for US-based connectivity for my cell phone, so I was on roaming mode while updating Facebook, taking and uploading photos, and looking up information on the go. I got clobbered on my next phone bill. Well in advance of my more […]

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Why Comments Still Matter


Catching up on a backlog of news feeds, I happened on the post by Sarah Gooding on WP Tavern regarding the value of blog comments. The post was inspired by CopyBlogger turning comments off earlier this year; ironically, the WP Tavern post has 56 comments as of this writing, in and of itself affirming the value of comments on blog posts, never mind the comments themselves.

Why Comments Matter: My Opinion

My view is that comments are part of what make up the blogging experience, both for the writer and for readers. The following list lays out my reasons for having comments available on my blog, and why I like seeing them on other blogs:

  • They encourage readers to add supplementary information, link to other resources, or just to thank the writer for the post
    • This can lead to the comments section adding a wealth of value to the original post, often in the form of additional information or links to elsewhere
  • Comments provide the writer feedback, acknowledgement for the post, and a sense of satisfaction
    • I don't get a lot of comments on this site, but I'm always pleased to receive legitimate (non-spammy) comments
  • Commenters make themselves known to the blog author, as well as to other readers
    • Leads to social connections and networking - even if it is over the internet
  • They encourage conversation on the site, on the same page as the post
    • Discussion can be done over e.g. Twitter, Facebook, or other means, but having comments as part of the blog keeps the conversation intact and reduces external dependencies

The above list applies to me as both a blog writer and a reader. I get value both ways, and I suspect many others do as well. That is why I keep comments open on this site for some time after posts are published (I do close them eventually to prevent spam trickling in on old posts).

For me, the bottom line is that comments facilitate two-way sharing of information, enable creation of connections, and add a bit of humanity to what would otherwise be monologues.

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The Future of WordPress


A very eloquent review of where WordPress stands in today's web and of what it can be made into. Includes ideas for where WordPress might go in the future, some criticisms, and input from notable community members. Well worth a read for anyone who wants to check the current view of WordPress. Some good discussion in the comments as well - whoever said comments were dead??

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Huge News! Get Windows 8 and Windows Phone Controls for FREE for the Duration of TechEd 2014


TechEd 2014 is on, and I'm envious that I'm not in attendance. However, Telerik, purveyor of controls for application development, are giving away licenses for their Windows 8 and Windows Phone control packs over the duration of TechEd. I've gone through the claim process, the licenses are equivalent to the one-year subscription options, and apparently can be renewed or upgraded. Not only that, but Telerik are working on components for the new universal apps, and have stated that these new components will be added free of charge to the accounts of any who get the free tools this week! This is a fabulous offering for those on the fence over trying the tools, and very timely for me as I was planning to purchase a Windows 8 pack. I save some money now, and just might be renewing later - many thanks to Telerik for the freebie. The generosity is much appreciated so I can get started on Windows 8 application development.

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WordPress Glossary


The WPBeginner site has unveiled a new resource for WordPressers: a glossary. WordPress resources are abundant online, but there has not been a canonical glossary on the subject - the Codex is good for what it does, but it is not a glossary. WPBeginner have taken the initiative to create a centralized listing of WordPress-related terms, along with their definitions, and link to related content as appropriate (good SEO win for WPBeginners as well). It's a good start, but there's much more that can be added; the people behind the site are open to suggestions! They are also interested in volunteers to help with managing the glossary. Read the announcement post.

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