After hearing good things about FeedBurner, I set up a syndication account through them. If you're not syndicating ComputerZen, or you're not familiar with RSS and you'd like to have my nonsense delivered to you rather than you coming to me, subscribe to my FeedBurner feed. Personally, I use and highly recommend FeedDemon as a desktop RSS Reader. You can use feed:// links with most desktop aggregators. That means you can click here to subscribe instantly! FeedBurner offers me a number of useful options for managing my content and it will also include content that my regular feed will not, including daily summaries of my del.icio.us bookmarks.
So, I modified DasBlog to support FeedBurner as an optional feed. If you tell DasBlog your FeedBurner username it will automatically do a number of things:
- Makes all HTML instances of your RSS or Atom Feed point to FeedBurner instead.
- Updates HTML source <link rel="alternate" href="http://whatever" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" > AutoDiscovery links to point to FeedBurner.
- Automatically returns an HTTP 301 when the original DasBlog "SyndicationService.asmx" is requested by a User-Agent that is not FeedBurner. This will automatically update your current feed.
- This works around the hack that ScottOnWriting had to use with a hidden FeedBurner-specific feed.
Category-specific feeds remain untouched and will still be served locally.
In a nutshell, the point is that this requires NO ACTION ON YOUR PART as the subscriber. And that's why it's cool.
However, if you haven't subscribed, this is a great opportunity. Here's the feed:
If you want to subscribe online, you can try one of these:
You can also visit the feed here http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScottHanselman for more details and ideas on how to subscribe.
If you're a DasBlog user, this experimental feature is currently checked into the CVS HEAD on the DasBlog Project at SourceForge. It may be released in a DasBlog 1.8.1 patch along with post 1.8 bug fixes.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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I was thinking of using the Siteconfig file to allow custom feeds, such as feedburner, to be entered manually and then having the web.core check at the time of rendering for either the custom value or just use the default value.
Now I'll have to go figure out how to use the CVS client at SourceForge so I can try your update!