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How to Remove Vertical MiniMap in Visual Studio Proper

How to Remove Vertical MiniMap in Visual Studio Proper

It is very much in your face but so sudden that it took me awhile to realize. You may be familiar with this from VS Code - the minimap on the side of code window displaying quick preview. It can be helpful and some people like using it, but over time I wanted go back to minimalistic editor and remove this feature.

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Open Source Project Structure

Open Source Project Structure

Most open source projects follow common structure. You put your source files under "src", distribution files go to "dist", unit tests under "tests". Nothing wrong with that, so I mostly followed it for Blogifier and ended up with this structure.

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ASP.NET Core on DigitalOcean Jumpstart

ASP.NET Core on DigitalOcean Jumpstart

There is decent amount of documentation on how to install, configure and run .NET Core on Linux, but most of it pretty generic and may be a little overwhelming when you trying to accomplish specific and relatively simple task.

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Consolidating Blogifier and Core

Consolidating Blogifier and Core

For a while Blogifier tried wearing two hats - been platform (Core) and application at the same time. In theory it made sense, in reality you need large team for this kind of multitasking.

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The Failure of Communication

The Failure of Communication

Explaining is hard. Things that seem crystal clear to you can be completely foreign to others, and when I started planning on Blogifier, concept looked very natural and not even worth explanation.

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Blogifier Release 1.1

Blogifier Release 1.1

It took just a few weeks to move Blogifier to release 1.1. Although changes are mostly cosmetic, it adds some really nice polishing touches to core functionality and significantly improves UX. Check out below what exactly was added in this new version.

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Blogifier 1.0 has been released

Blogifier 1.0 has been released

It took way too long but finally Blogifier.Core 1.0 has been released to the world! It means, two brand new packages popped up in the Nuget.org and, if you search on "blogifier" it should return page looking similar to this

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Update on BlogEngine.NET

Update on BlogEngine.NET

People keep sending me emails asking if BlogEngine.NET is dead. Not surprisingly, given lack of updates since beginning of 2017. So what's going on? As they say, picture worth a thousand words, this one explains where things stand now pretty accurately.

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Introducing the Blogifier

Introducing the Blogifier

I've been playing with this idea for a while now, trying different approaches, building proof of concept samples, throwing them away and starting over. Here is scenario I going after: your client asks you to build web application...

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Export Existing BlogEngine Comments Into Disqus

Export Existing BlogEngine Comments Into Disqus

For some time now BlogEngine supports multiple commenting systems, from built-in to 3rd party, like Facebook or Disqus. Switching from one to another is as simple as selecting an option in the admin.

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Building Widgets for BlogEngine.NET 3.3

Building Widgets for BlogEngine.NET 3.3

Version 3.3 dropped user controls from BlogEngine and new widgets use Razor views instead. To start developing new widget, open source code in Visual Studio, navigate to BlogEngine.NET/Custom/Widgets in the solution explorer and add "Example" folder.

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BlogEngine.NET 3.2 Released

BlogEngine.NET 3.2 Released

The year wouldn't be complete without it :) It took a lot longer then I hoped, for variety of reasons, but finally went live. New version is much more pleasant to use, it is improved and simplified in many ways.

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