I Updated to BlogEngine 1.4.5.0

by Terry 8/5/2008 10:16:00 AM

BlogEngine 1.4.5.0 released this week. It is a much improved version of 1.4.0, which seemed to be ridden with bugs. This is a short post to make sure it works.

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BlogEngine Bugs

by Terry 7/30/2008 11:15:00 AM

I updated to BlogEngine 1.4.0.0 last week. That was more work than I hoped but overall has been a good move, not because BlogEngine is any better, but because it forced me to update my web hosting accounts. Now that the host updates are complete, I can look at using BlogEngine more. So far the 1.14.0.0 version has annoying bugs in the posting control. I lack the time to research it all, and I am only slightly tempted to use the intermediate build versions.

The most annoying defect is that none of the script-driven methods work correctly on the posting pages (Add_entry.aspx). The HTML view and link add/edit functions do not work. It is painfully difficult to edit or format my journal entries. This morning I resorted to updating the post with the plain text, then editing the XML data file and inserting the content in the way I like. Ugly.

I have research and fixes to implement and no time to do it. I am not sure if it is a permissions issue on my host or bad script in the pages (I suspect the later). Double ugly.

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If you have nothing good to say…

by Terry 7/23/2008 10:29:00 AM

As kids we have all been told, “If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.” I have so much to complain about since Saturday that I am almost at loss for good things to say. But, I will breathe deep and try.

If you read my posts or subscribe to my feeds, my apologies for the garbage posts. I periodically check my hosting provider to see what is offered. I upgraded my web space with better features and services for a substantially reduced cost yesterday. This is great for me and everyone. Apparently my hosting provider made an error and updated the DNS settings to the new site before I had actually built and configured the new location. If you see this post I have corrected the issues and you are looking at the new site. It was not the smooth transition I have executed many times before.

This was all really kicked off when I upgraded my site to use BlogEngine 1.4.0.0. My hosting provider has some odd configuration settings on some of their platforms. BlogEngine has an ‘Admin’ folder for blog management (I hate the term blog, and use “Journal” where I can). To implement BlogEngine on my site I had to rename the Admin folder to a ‘safe’ folder name. I chose ‘journal_admin’ and updated all the source code to use that folder structure. Not a difficult task, but annoying when I want to apply an updated.

By changing my host platform I no longer need to make this change to the ‘admin’ folder in the BlogEngine source. The new platform allows me to have folder names of my choice, which is as it should be. The garbage on my ‘new’ site was test code to make sure I could fully implement BlogEngine source without any change. No one was supposed to see that, however. Such is life.

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BlogEngine Update

by Terry 7/17/2008 3:41:00 PM

I updated my site this morning with the latest version of BlogEngine (1.4.0). This took me about 90 minutes. The challenge is my web host provider does not allow an ‘Admin’ folder at the root share on the server. I do not mind this so much, but I have to search for every reference to the Admin folder and replace it with a different location that work with my site.

Once I did that, the conversion was generally painless. My current web theme still works, but I need to update my site master to use my custom controls. At the moment I do not have the time to do this. Anyway, BlogEngine 1.4.0 appears to work.

The one problem I did run into was with an error on the ProfilesCommon class. I kept getting the following compile error when publishing:

The type or namespace name 'ProfileCommon' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

I found another post with the same error at http://developerblog.net/post/2008/07/ProfileCommon-could-not-be-found.aspx. I did the same thing and deleted my site and republished. All is now well. Go figure.

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Office 2007 and ODF Support in Service Pack 2

by Terry 5/23/2008 2:24:00 PM

Next Office 2007 service pack will include ODF, PDF support options
"In a breakthrough development, Microsoft has announced its future editions of Microsoft Office, beginning with Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, will enable users to choose OpenDocument support as an alternate default option."

Microsoft Office's ODF support might change the EC's mind
"Given the fact that the next changes to Microsoft Office will enable consumers to choose which native format it uses, the European Commission may find itself with no alternative but to reconsider its investigation into unfair competition allegations."

It may be too little too late, particularly since the update will not be available until the first half of 2009. Since I am required to use Microsoft Office formats for work, I cannot use Open Office or the ODF format. Nonetheless, I am delighted that the ODF format will be supported. I just think it will be offered so late by Microsoft that no one will really care. That is not a good place for a business to be.

I have been bitten by the proprietary document formats from Microsoft over the years, even between versions of office. I use Office 2007 at work, having been part of the beta program for my company; I have used it for a long time. But, I have to set my defaults to earlier formats so that others can read the documents as Office 2007 is not a fully deployed standard in the company. If the company could standardize on the Open Document Format, it would be win-win for everyone.

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Chronological PostList control code posted

by Terry 5/8/2008 2:03:00 PM

I uploaded the code for the chronological PostList control I modified for this site. You can download the code from my Chronological PostList control for BlogEngine.Net page.

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Updated site to BlogEngine 1.3.1.0

by Terry 5/8/2008 11:35:00 AM

I updated this website to the latest BlogEngine.Net. No an arduous task by itself, but there are some glitches. Namely, my web host, web.com, has an administrative control panel for my site in the ‘admin’ directory under the www root of my site, which is protected and hidden. This means I cannot use the BlogEngine.web ‘admin’ folder on the root of my site. In order to work around this, there are two options. Naturally, I choose the more difficult option.

The first and easier option is to create the instance of BlogEngine.web in a sub-web on my site. I would have to have a root default page or site the pushes people to my journal pages. I do not want that. I want my journal to be the default root site. That moves me to the second more difficult option.

The second option is to rename the BlogEngine.web admin folder to something else, then go through the entire BlogEngine.Core and BlogEngine.web instance and replace the ‘admin’ folder with the new folder name.

Thankfully, while a bit tedious, this is made much easier with the use of source control for my site and code. I am able to compare the entire solution tree and make changes as needed. Basically I extract the BlogEnine.net file updates into my solution folder and use source control to tell me what changed. I merge the security fixes and the admin folder changes into my code through source control. This is tedious, but not arduous. I am done in about 30 minutes, and all is well.

I recommend source control for all development work, even if there is only one developer. The change history alone is invaluable at times. Use source control. Use source control. Use source control.

Incidentally, I compounded this all by simultaneously converting my BlogEngine site to Visual Studio 2008. This went well. No errors. The site compiles and still works. Woo hoo.

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Conjunctivitis and old posts

by Terry 4/18/2008 9:21:00 AM

My headache is finally gone and the conjunctivitis is nearly gone. Kaitlin, like most kids recovered almost instantly. She is basically back to normal. For me it has taken longer to recover. My eyes are still sensitive. I make my living basically reading and writing on a computer and staring at my monitors all week has been painful. It is scary to contemplate the possibility that any permanent eye injury would be like.

I started looking at my old journal posts briefly this week. I need to decide how to best import them into my new web infrastructure. I like that BlogEngine.net supports BlogXML, which gives me an XML schema I can save and transform should I have to change web frameworks. I am not looking forward to the work of importing my old journals. They are all in .asp static pages. They are kind of entertaining to read through, and I have years of posts I would like to keep, so the temptation to manually process each post is very tempting.

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BlogEngine post list debugged

by Terry 4/16/2008 4:54:00 PM

On a different note, I did manage to fix my chronological PostList.aspx control for my implementation of BlogEngine. I worked on this last night. My Pink Eye headache had started and I just could not work the bugs out. I stepped away for the evening and before bed pulled out my notepad (real paper, not Notepad.exe) and worked out the code in a few minutes. I attribute that to having the lights low and not sitting in front of my workstation. I implemented the changes in about half an hour this morning.

My changes are largely improvements to range checking and displaying the results. Soon I will make a set of pages to share the code. One step at a time.

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BlogEngine.NET control modified

by Terry 4/11/2008 11:01:00 AM

I managed to modify the PostList control the way I like so that chronological posts have an anchor link at the top of the page to the specific post on the home page. I currently call my version of the control PostListChron. I also, finally, have my site and content under source control. I have more to do, like new scheduled backups for my web site. I at least have the ability to create delta comparisons of the changes I make to BlogEngine code, which will make posting changes here easier.

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