I am pleased to announce that DBVT.COM has been upgraded to BlogEngine.NET 1.4. Using my own custom theme required more attention to detail and a bit more typing, but I did most of the upgrade during Beach Week on my laptop sitting in a rocking chair on the back porch viewing the ocean. Not a hardship, in other words.
It’s huge that I can upgrade my distinctly-themed blog so relatively easily when you compare it with the weeks of latenight geek sessions dedicated to DBVT.COM Community Server upgrades of the past. I usually averaged around 6 weeks after a CS release until I got around to churning out a DBVT.COM updated site. The BlogEngine.NET upgrade was completed in less than a week, delayed only because I wanted to wait to return from the beach before pulling the trigger.
I looked forward to upgrading to BE.NET 1.4 because I knew Mads put some effort into improved performance. Then again, that’s like having a boss rod that already goes from 0-to-60 in 6.2 seconds and you’re going to get a .5 second boost, but it was fun to see what he could do anyway. The main reason it was important for me to upgrade to 1.4 was to have a code base I knew would be around for another 4 months or so that I could start looking at in terms of extensions and add-ons.
As for new 1.4 DBVT.COM features, I was pretty darn happy with DBVT.COM 1.3, so I wasn’t looking for some strange. There are some differences, however. I mirrored-up the RSS button to flaunt my virile coolness and I took the upgrade opportunity to link my long-standing signature group pic displayed in my theme sidebar to my Swedish home boys in the Bengt Berger Band. I also moved the blog Search Page to its own master page.
Almost as an afterthought I added the bookmark tags I had talked about wanting to add for some time. With BE.NET 1.3 I was happy that for the first time I was providing a delicious link to each post, but I knew it was prudent and considerate to add other bookmark links as well. Here’s what I came up with, which you’ll see on each post. If you use something not listed here, please let me know and I’ll add it asap.
I’ll blog about how I added this to BE.NET and hopefully will package it up someday soon. Most of the tags should be familiar with the exception of the soccer ball at the far right. That’s because I Photoshop’d that up to serve as my Kick It! tag. I never liked the standard issue Kick It! tag, so I thought “Kick It…Soccer.” Feel free to grab it. No attribution required…
Before signing off on my sweet BE.NET 1.4 Upgrade Announcement Post, a big THANK YOU to Mads Kristensen, Al Nyveldt, and the rest of the great developers of BlogEngine.NET for showing us how the job gets done in the .NET Open Source development environment.