This week I’ve been teaching our Professional .NET course here in Canberra. It has been great being able to spend some time in Canberra and I am really appreciating it, but what makes it even more fun is the fact that the class is full of pretty sharp characters.
Unfotunately these same sharp characters cut through the lab material as though it was butter and I estimate that we are about five hours ahead of schedule. Rather than finish the course one day ahead of schedule I decided that I would try to get them plugged into the blogosphere – after all it is a good thing to introduce smart people to blogging. Each of the “students” created their own blog:
- ala’s paradiso (feed)
- blog’d up (feed)
- blogosphere (feed)
- Div (feed)
- Morris-Halse Blog (feed)
- stUCKinAbLOG (feed)
Once that was done we had the perfect source of information for these guys to consume using the ASP.NET RSS Toolkit so after a quick demonstration we set about building a few ASP.NET Web Sites where we used the RssDataSource control to pull down our own content.
I also demonstrated how it is possible to plug into the Internet Explorer 7.0 feedstore using the Microsoft Feeds 1.0 API (ships as part of IE7 – upgrade now) in desktop based applications – in this case I just listened for a feed deletion event in the root folder.
Tomorrow we are going to use this new found knowledge to build a simple portal application which aggregates everyones feeds and summarises them into a bunch of links in different WebParts (using the ASP.NET 2.0 Portal Framework).
Anyway – welcome to the blogosphere lads – keep it up, blogging is a great way to learn new things and get and stay connected with the developer community.