Announcing The Edge, a Series on the Applications You Love

This is something I wanted to do for some time, a series of posts about the applications that make up Sueetie:  BlogEngine.NET, YetAnotherForum.NET, Gallery Server Pro and ScrewTurn Wiki.  This will be fun for me and interesting for all of us who love working with these apps.

The Edge will have news and tips on the Big Four from blog posts, forum discussions, tweets and elsewhere.  These are active communities and there’s a lot going on.  Fortunately there is RSS to the rescue. And speaking of RSS, The Edge allows you to subscribe to the series by application, so if you’re only interested in, say, BlogEngine.NET, you can subscribe to only those posts.

I’m using a Sueetie Wall application for the series.  I could have just as easily threw up another blog to add to Sueetie’s current three blogs, but I chose a Wall for a couple of reasons.  For one, the news and tips on The Edge are intended to be short bite-size morsels with links to additional information. 

The other reason I chose a wall was because it was a perfect opportunity to dogfood the Sueetie Wall application and add or refine any features I felt I wanted to use in The Edge.  For instance, I added a BBCode function to support call-out blocks of text to denote the main point or answer in an Edge post.  The Edge is also the first application that uses the new Sueetie Taxonomies for categorizing the posts.  Using a wall for The Edge made me realize that the message editor needed to be hidden on page load and then toggled when needed.  Dogfooding is good.

Here’s a screenshot excerpt of The Edge Wall.


Come to The Edge.  You’ll like it here.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.