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New kids on the blog: Ugo Lattanzi starts his English blog

The Italian .NET community is full of bright people, but with the exception of a few, most of them are unknown outside of Italian borders because they don’t blog that much, and when they do, they do it in Italian. One of these really smart guys is Ugo Lattanzi (aka imperugo), web developer (or web addict as he calls himself), founder of the Dexter Blog Engine project, ASP.NET MVP since 2009 and long time community guy. He is also, together with me, organizing this fall’s Web.NET European Conference in Milano (btw, the call for speakers is coming out...

Subtext Skin Bonanza

Simon Philp, member of the Subtext team with a passion for webdesign (and snowboarding), has started the New Year with a lot of energy, and with an amazing project: Subtext Skin Bonanza 2011 What is it? He is taking some public available skins from other blogging engines and porting them to Subtext. He will publish one skin every 2-4 days for 3 months. So at the end of this super-porting project, Subtext will have 30-40 new skins you can choose from. The 6 skins so far He started this project at the beginning of the year...

How to edit very old posts with Windows Live Writer

One day you find a link is broken in a post you wrote 4 years ago about a Halloween pumpkin carved with the Subtext logo, and you want to edit it. But since then you wrote more than 600 blog posts. How can you do it? Your current options You have two options: you use the rich text editor of your blogging platform, but then you will not have all the nice plugins and preview of WLW you open the post for editing using Windows Live Writer and you download all your latest...

Looking back at 2009, and looking forward at 2010

I know it’s already 13 days into the new year, but a year cannot start without the usual  retrospective on the year that just ended and with the resolutions for the year that is coming. Who did 2009 go Let’s start with evaluating how 2009 go and let’s see if it went as I hoped at the beginning of last year. I already did 2 intermediate checkpoints, one at the end of Q1 and one in mid Summer. Personal Resolutions: ...

Sergejus is running Oxite on Azure and thinking in .NET

My friend Sergejus Barinovas, developer, community lead, speaker and much more (I think he is also the only MS MVP of Lithuania) has just started a new blogging experience: after running his Lithuanian blog for two years, he decided to start sharing is knowledge, experience and passion for development in English, in his blog called Thinking in .NET. He will mainly talk about web development, Ajax,  data access technologies and best practices. One of the cool thing of his blog is that it runs on Oxite, and it’s hosted on Windows Azure and SQL Azure, and in his...

CodeClimber Q2-09 Report

At the beginning of this year I write a “New Year’s Resolutions” post, and I promised I would have kept you updated with the progress. I did it at the beginning of April (end of Q1 report) and now this is post is about the second quarter of 2009. Personal Resolutions Go back Climbing – This was probably the most successful part of Q2: if you followed my tweets, you might have noticed that I started climbing again: bouldering in Switzerland, 4 days...

CodeClimber Q1 report

If you remember, at the beginning of this year I wrote the usual “New Year’s Resolutions” post: Q1 just finished, so I thought it would have been nice to write a little update on how my resolutions are going. Personal Resolutions Go Back Climbing – This went even worse than the previous year: my wife broke a rib and despite the nice and cold winter no iceclimbing this winter. But we did a lot of Nordic Skiing. Let’s see if we can start...

Daniela is blogging in English about UX and Design

My wife Daniela is a User Experience and User Interface Expert, and before that she worked as web designer at various web agencies. After a few years of blogging in Italian, she decided to take her experience, fresh perspective and pragmatic eye on design and user experience topics to a wider audience, and thus today she started blogging in English. To do a warm start, she already wrote some posts, refactoring them from her top hits of the Italian blog: Project management tools - a quick commentary of a blog post that does on overview of 15 online project management applications ...

Resolutions for 2009

Year 2008 finished with a post about my best 5 posts of the year: year 2009 must start with the usual New Year’s resolutions. Personal Resolutions Go back climbing Last year, due to various personal problems, general bad weather and book writing I was not able to train and go the climbing gym as I used to. And I also didn’t go too much out in the mountains doing climbing. I hope I can train and go climbing more this year. Take part in one triathlon competition During last year I started going back to...

Second birthday for CodeClimber

Last week it was exactly two years since my first post on this blog, and it’s time to draw some conclusions on these 2 years. First some numbers: 460 posts, 1056 comments, 350k page views, 225k unique visitors, almost 1000 RSS subscribers. But the numbers alone don’t say a lot: it’s better to see the charts with the trends of visitors and subscribers over the years as provided by Google Analytics and Feedburner (the spikes are related to some posts that got lots of view). During the last months, I averaged around 700 page views per day. Now same more charts....

How an extensive downtime influences traffic and search rank

At the beginning of October, the server that powered the Ugidotnet blog site (and all the other sites, including the article library and the forums) had a hardware failure (2 HDD in the RAID broke at the same time and some other bad luck) and went down. And it took a few weeks before the new server arrived and the admins of the server set it up again. As result of this failure, all the blogs stayed offline for 12 days, from the 8th to the 20th of October. My Italian blog is not my primary blog, so I didn’t care...

How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Lately I’ve been a bit busy writing a book on ASP.NET MVC and with some Microsoft events, so unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of remaining spare time to write the interesting posts I used to write before. But my mind never stop running, so sometimes an idea for a good post popped up in my mind. At first I thought I would have been able to remember them all, but soon I discovered I was keeping forgetting them, so I looked for a solution to this problem. And I found out a post that suggested (sorry, don’t remember which...

Yet another Italian blogger starts blogging in English, on Subtext

Seems like a lot of Italian .NET blogger are making the big step of starting a blog in English: writing in a language that is not the one you use in your everyday life is not easy, but it can be a good way to improve the other language. After 2 of the founders of UGIALT.net, Marco De Sanctis, a friend and active Italian community member started blogging in English on his brand new Subtext blog: CodeMetropolis. Why an English blog? Well, honestly because I recently realized that I'm reading more English blogs than Italian...

2 new Italian ALT.NET blogs

Two of the guys that co-founded with me the Italian UGIALT.net usergroup started blogging in English: Emanuele DelBono - Plastic/blog Claudio Maccari - TDD developer For those who read Italian they are still writing on their Italian blogs: BlogEma and Makka. blog, ugialt.net

Spring Cleaning

Yesterday it was the first day of Spring, and it think I'll spend a few time in the next weeks doing a bit of Spring cleaning of my blog (maybe a redesign, but not sure yet). I've already something in mind, like implementing a real print-css and fixing the misalignment in IE6, but I'm open to suggestions: what do you like in the design and structure of my blog? What do you like? And while I'm asking suggestions: any topic you prefer or you don't want me to ever talk about it again? Please, write in the comments or via the contact page. blog,...

One year of blogging

A friend just made me notice that yesterday it was exactly one year from my first real post on Codeclimber. With all the excitement for tomorrow event and for the new Mac I missed this important day. I'm not going to do a detailed analysis of what happened during this year of blogging as the one I did in July, but I only want to share with you a few numbers. The number of subscribers to the RSS feed is steadily growing at the rate of 100 new subscribers every 2 months (actually a bit more than 2 months), and...

Lorenzo aka eldalie aka Feanor is blogging in English

He made the step and now he has his English only blog, hosted on the MyOpera community site: Lorenzo was the co-founder of the company I worked for before going to in New Zealand. I worked with him for around 5 years: I owe him a lot of my knowledge about web site design and general web development. He might not be a developer, but he is a geek, one of the best web designer I ever worked with, and his blog is full of interesting posts. And he even started blogging a few months before me, in Sept 2004....

Italian government is going to censor the web

Not a real censorship, like the Chinese one, but the Italian government is about to issue a new law to "organize" anything that can inform people: newspaper, magazines, public website but also private ones and blogs. In order to have a blog, if this law is really issued, its owner must be registered to the ROC (Registro degli Operatori di Comunicazione), and must have a registered journalist as "Chief Editor". I know this sounds like a joke, but it's not. Not a real law for the moment, but has been proposed in August and seems like it has been approved...

7 months of CodeClimber and 6 months in NZ

Almost seven months ago I started this blog in English, a bit more than 6 months ago I landed in Wellington and a few days later I started working for Calcium. And furthermore, in a month (actually a little bit less) I'm going back to Milano to enjoy the end of northern hemisphere's summer and hopefully to do some good climbing. So it's time to draw a line and make some considerations about the past. First let's speak about the Wellington .NET user group My fellows in Italy knew that even before coming to NZ I was more for a decentralized user...

Another mountain addicted coder blogs on Subtext

This morning, going through my weekly ego-search, and I found a blog by Simon Philip, a snowboarder and .NET developer living in Scotland. We share a lot things: same name, passion for mountains, same job. He moved to Subtext a week ago, and has a very nice looking skin. I love the random mountain images he has in the header of his blog: something I might add to my skin in the future. Technorati tags: subtext, blog, egosearch

Social bookmarking by Microsoft

Microsoft communities just released to the world a public beta version of Tagspace: Tagspace* is a social bookmarking service for software professionals** that encourages sound sleep and sweet dreams by enabling you to be better informed, better connected, and more productive. The more you use Tagspace, the more you'll wonder how you survived for so long in the cramped quarters of your Web browser's Favorites folder.Source: Introducing Microsoft Tagspace Is it just another del.icio.us clone or will it really have something more "software professionals oriented" as said by Korby Parnell, a product manager in the Microsoft.com Community Technologies Team? Along with tagspace...