I took a few hours out of my boring day and wrote KBCafe local search. Simply type your zip code and you have jobs data, local business search, maps, traffic and weather all in one. Some of the stuff also works by location name in addition to zip codes, but I haven't completed that feature yet.
I experimented with uploading RSS to Google Base and found it quite easy. Following Niall Kennedy's instructions, I first created a Webpage that enhanced RSS with Google Base's RSS extensions using an XSLT.
Then I began uploading, which is a very manual task of naming and selecting files. I encountered a Beta limitation after uploading my 10th monthly archive (10 bulk uploads max). Later, I was able to search and discover these blog entries at Google Base. Next, I plan to remove what I've already uploaded and start anew, but with much larger RSS files (working around the max 10 issue). Hopefully, I can get the majority of my blog entries indexed tomorrow.
Scott Grayban: Our new name is "Juice" or "Juice Reciever".
Randy: I wonder how difficult it would have been to do a Google serch for "juice reader", "juice rss", "juice download", etc? What can you expect from people who original named their product after an obvious trademark.
I've decided to discontinue development of Juice. I finally found an RSS reader that works; Google Reader. As such, this blog will be discontinued. I'm gonna start a new blog entirely focused entirely on C#.
Here's some awesome code by Marcel Marchon that allows you to remotely include content on your Website and cache it for efficiency.
PR: Google today announced Marek Cygan, a student at Warsaw University, as the grand prize winner of the 2005 Google Code Jam, Google's annual computer programming competition.
Summary: .NET Beta 2 Xml Feed Framework. Provides parsing of internet feeds such as RSS and Atom to be able to consume feeds in your .NET application.
BetaNews: The toolbar works on Internet Explorer 6 and above on Windows XP and Vista operating systems. The toolbar will allow developers to perform such functions as validating CSS and HTML code, and previewing how pages appear in various screen resolutions. No release date was given for a final version. The toolbar beta can be downloaded from FileForum.
I'm developing Juice 2.0 in SharpDevelop 1.1, downloaded a few days ago. There's a lot of new features in SharpDevelop, but the IDE hasn't stabilized any. A compile last night threw the VM memory consumption into the gigabytes and spun the CPU out-of-control. Still, I'll continue working with it, mostly for the experience.
Update: Shortly after I reported this, SharpDevelop ate one of my source files, completely corrupting it and costing me an hour of work. SD 1.1 is less stable than 1.0. Not a good sign.
Later: CVS to the rescue. I reconstructed the corrupted changes in a matter of a few minutes.
Later: This version of SharpDevelop is simply too unstable to work with. I can't get any work done.
This is a test of my blogging software. I moved the primary data file from rss.xml to index.xml. Then I redirected rss.xml to FeedBurner, except when FeedBurner is the UserAgent, which I redirect to index.xml. If this shows up in the feed, then all is working.
Update: Kinda looked like FeedBurner was not reporting it's UserAgent as case insensitive FeedBurner with any prepended or appended characters. So instead of redirecting it to index.xml, I simply configured it to pull from there.
Channel9: Microsoft, today, at the PDC, announced Microsoft Expression, which is a suite of three applications to help you build Web sites and new kinds of Windows applications.
Randy: Looks like MS-Flash.
Wow! Just checking the download stats and guess what. You got it, Juice has been downloaded more than 10 thousand times. Thanks! And you can expect a new version around the corner.
Channel9: I' ve heard that Visual Studio 2005 RC was dropped on MSDN today and will also be handed out to all of the PDC ’05 attendees.
Just hacking around, I decided to create a blog search IE toolbar for my KBCafe blog search engine. I started with the KBBar sample, added a C and came up with KBCBar (KBCafe Toolbar). I was thinking a good name would also be Blogobar.
We put up this site in hopes of connecting bloggers interested in Microsoft PDC and the technologies associated with the event.
This weekend, I built an authentication module for the KBCafe domain. You can create an account, change your password, reset your password, deactivate your account and re-activate your account. You can't do anything with your account, but I plan on hooking this up to R|mail in the next few days. This will allow users to manage there subscriptions more actively. You'll always be able to subscribe with R|mail without creating an account.
techcrunch: MSN Earth just announced that the APIs for its service are to be made open and also free, for commercial [read unlimited] use. These will not be fully supported until January 2006 but are available now if you inform MSN of your intention to use them.
Robert Scoble: Amazon's Jeff Barr invited us over to see how developers are using Amazon's Web Services in a variety of ways. To make it even better, yesterday they announced a joint Microsoft/Amazon Web Services Developer Contest where you can win $5,000.