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A Journal about the experiences I have developing little applications in C#, Perl, Html and Javascript and talking about things new things that I use. Always Geeky; Always Nerdy; Always poor Grammer!

I am a Software Analyst Developer working in Southport, England but living in Liverpool. I develop mainly in C# and ASP.Net. I have been developing comercial software for several years now. I maintain this site (hosted at SwitchMedia UK) as a way of exploring new technologies (such as AJAX) and just generally talking about techie geek issues. This site is developed through a host of Perl scripts and a liberal use of Javascript. I enjoy experimenting with new technologies and anything that I make I host here.

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

IE7 RSS Feed Update

Something I have just discovered is that you can subscribe any link to your default RSS Aggregator. Obviously, if it is not an RSS feed it means nothing.

You right click on the link and then click the 'Subscribe in default RSS reader'. Not sure if it is on by default or if it is an RSS Bandit thing. I suspect it is an IE 7 feature.

Technorati Tags
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]


Feedster Topics
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]


MSN Searches
Internet Expolrer [feed], IE7 [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Discovery [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Annoyances [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Suggestions [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Problems [feed], RSS Bandit [feed]

IE7 Suggestions For RSS Feeds

After even more playing with IE7 Beta 1, I have some more annoyances I would like to get in the open.

These are mainly to do with the RSS support in IE7 Beta 1. They are nothing major, but I would like to know why you can't right-click add to favorites straight from the feeds toolbar button. If I am on a page looking at the HTML blog, I already know it is worth adding to my favorites, so can I please quickly add it to my favorites rather than going to feed and then adding it from there.

Also, does anyone know how IE7 discovers feeds on a page. It works on some pages and not on others, is it simply looking for "<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml>" in the head section or are there other methods. It seems to have problems discoving RSS that is linked in via an anchor tag on the page.

Don't get me wrong I am really enjoying IE 7 so far.

Technorati Tags
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]


Feedster Topics
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]


MSN Searches
Internet Expolrer [feed], IE7 [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Discovery [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Annoyances [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Suggestions [feed], IE7 RSS Feed Problems [feed]

IE7 Beta 1 Minor Annoyances In Tabbed Browsing

After futher playing with IE7, I have come accross some other annoyances with Tabbed Browsing.


  • Modal Dialog boxes lock the whole of IE7, why can't they just make the tab that launched the dialog box locked out.

  • Hovering over the tab doesn't seem to pop a tooltip up, If I have two pages open on the same site, with each site having a long title I can't really work out which of the two tabs has the content I need.

  • I would like a quick way to close a tab down
    • a) without having to go to the right of the screen

    • b) without having to right click on the tab


  • Opening a new tab doesn't take you to your selected homepage. I would like it as an option to be able to take you to your homepage. I might for instance have google or some other information portal as my start page.



I accept the fact that some of these might have good arguments against having them, but I these are things that frustrate me a little whilst using IE7.

Technorati Tags
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]


Feedster Topics
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]


MSN Searches
Internet Expolrer [feed], IE7 [feed], Tabbed Browsing [feed], IE7 Annoyances [feed]

Saturday, July 30, 2005

IE7 Beta 1

I have been playing with , I quite like it. Not played around with it too much. I had to make sure that my site worked with it :) And it does, however I did notice that my feed is not discovered automatically. Maybe because it is an ATOM feed, but I don't know. I also noticed that doesn't seem to be completly consistant with how it discovers feeds on a page. I would love to know how it auto discovers RSS/ATOM feeds.

I also like the tabbed browsing, I like the new empty tab on the right of all the other tabs so I can easily open up a new tab. I don't know if I will still like it in the future. I still don't think tabbed browsing is the "correct" UI way of doing things. I think it kinda breaks the whole Windows UI process. For one, if I want to compare sites side-by-side I still have to have more than one window open. Would it be hard to develop tabbed browsing that allows you to be a bit more flexible with the application. Futher more, what I like about having multiple windows open is that I can easily see what pages I have open (even when minimised) simply by looking at the task bar. In a tabbed environment I can't do that and I really miss that type of feature. Of course I can still use multiple instances of . But I want the benefits of Tabbed browsing and Multi-Window browsing all in one. A middle solution could be the way office works, with each document is a new window. Another idea might be better tool-tips on the task bar items.

I have also read that CSS 2.0 support is being upgraded in Beta 2. But a lot of CSS rendering bugs have been fixed in this build.

Anyway to summarise:

  • How are RSS Feeds Discovered.
  • Does IE Support ATOM in this Beta.
  • What happens when I click a auto discovered feed.
  • Is this the final way tabbed browsing will work.
    • I like the Blank Insert Tab Tab.
    • I am not keen on not knowing what pages I am looking at through the task bar.

Technorati Tags

[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]

Feedster Topics
[feed], [feed], [feed], [feed]

MSN Searches
IE7 RSS Support, [feed], IE7 Tabbed Browsing [feed], IE7 CSS [feed]

Thursday, July 28, 2005

New Styles for Tagging

Okay, here we go. I have added some new styles for comment tagging.

Just hope they look okay.

Technorati Tags
[feed]

Feedster Topics
[feed]

MSN Searches
Styling [feed]

Response to Comment From Rafer

I am pretty chuffed I have had a comment from one more person that I don't know :) Yay. Normally it is just my colleagues or friends who post. This one I think was from Scott Rafer from Feedster.

Anyway to respond to the comment. Currently I kind of like the Topic search. I am yet to experiment with keyword search of blog content (although I do link to MSN Search).

I chose topic searches because I think that way I might be able to provide people with a more general list of related links on the complete topic as a whole and not just any blog that contains the word/words that I choose to search for.

I provide the RSS feeds, because I am keen on the process of keeping up to date with certain topics. A feed will alert me to this information. It's kind of like PubSub (I think) but I provide you with the feed topics.

However, I might simply be doing the wrong thing. There is no harm in experimenting :).

I think what I might do is provide a little section at the bottom of each post rather than the links to content. I will provide a colour coded box for each type of link. Technorati tags might be listed in a blue box, Feedster in a red and MSN searches in green perhaps. (The next post will contain this as an experiment). I don't want to be accused of Tag Spam, so they will only be related to the post.



: Technorati Related Articles

: Feedster Related Articles

Tag Spam: MSN Related Search

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sorry Technorati

It appears that I have been taging some of my links incorrectly. I have been taging general web pages (like kinlan.co.uk/test1.html etc), however I have just read you are not supposed to do that, rather it has to follow the form of a normal technorati tag (kinlan.co.uk/TagName where TagName is a none exstentioned file name)

Oops

: Technorati Related Articles

Technorati Tag: Feedster Related Articles

Technorati Tag: MSN Related Search

Futher Experimentation

Other than technorati tags, I might put feedster searches in. And definatly MSN search results.

I like because it allows you to subscribe to a search. If you choose you can then submit this to your Blog Reader.

Technorati Related Articles

Feedster Related Articles

MSN Related Search

Experimemnting with Blog

I am trying to get the readership of this blog up. Currently it is about 1 :). Anyway, I thought that it might be wort including some more links in each of my blog posts.

At the end of every article I am going to put a link to a Technorati Tag RSS feed relating to the post. Hopefully you will be able to see in a feed browser other people who are interested in the same things I am talking about.

Other Related Articles

C# 3.0 XML Generics Again

Now I am certain it was a joke! MattWar made a comment on his blog post and one of his examples' implies that a generic can be defined from an XML Schema.

If it is not a joke, I don't really see the point. The type is an XML schema that has to be defined in the code. Why not just create a class? If the type was based off an XML schema that could be streamed into then that might be interesting.

Other Related Articles

Monday, July 25, 2005

C# Generics 3.0

Turns out it was an amazingly serious blog post. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2005

c# generics 3.0

I was just reading MattWar's web log (The Wayward Weblog) about in C#3.0. The article mentions that furure generics might be also tied to XML Types.

I am not too sure I understand the concept. Well not at least the way it was described. To Quote:

"On the surface, the two might seem to have nothing to do with each other, but if you dig deeper you soon realize that the two are fundamentally linked, the two concepts not separate but actually compliments of one
another."

The log goes futher, it describes how they are conceptually linked together. However, from what I have read, it is only the fact that a generic and an XML enclosure is syntatically similar by the use of angled brackets.

Currently as I understand it generics, allow the use of parameterised specialisation of a class without having to re-write the class to handle different types of objects. For instance a list collection can be "bound" to an int, long, Cars, EarMuffs etc, and the type checking of the compiler will ensure that all uses are syntacitcally and sematically correct.

The example of an is Foo<int x ="..."/>, unfortuatly I don't really understand what is happenging there.
  • Is the Foo parametised to an integer with a default value of "x";
  • Is it a "Foo" element just simply with an attribute on;
  • Is the "Foo" element constrained futher by the attributes on the XML element (see below);
  • Is it that the Foo element is converted to a class and then parameterised with member variables, which are really XML attributes.

I just simply don't understand the point of (using the blogs example). Why not generate your class from an XSD and paramaterise the type to the XSD'ed class.

Will future XML Generics be tied to a schema, so that parameters can be constrained via certain values (which I can see the point of, Foo<int type="xsd:positiveInteger" restriction="minValue"/> which would might constrain the Foo object to types on integers with a minValue) .

I am really looking forward to futher information on this. Because I am sure it is correct that it is a shift and a major question to re-work my current understanding.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Start.com, A Little Annoyance

I really like what msn are doing with . It looks sweet. It is sweet, but I have a little bug bear (I think that is a saying) with the site.

Here goes:

Every single button on the page, be it an "X" close button or a double cheveron button except the search button only respond to a type of mouse down event. It really bugs me that I cannot cancel my action (mouse button press) by taking the mouse mid-click off the button. Normal buttons normally allow this.

Put simply, if I start to click the X Icon to remove a feed, the feed is a removed, I don't like that. Normal windows elements normally require you to complete a click before the action is started. It is as if the only tactile feedback is via the "finger" icon.

Thats it really :)