Windows Live Writer and .Text

Did some digging and sorted a better way to configure my .Text blog with Windows Live Writer. Granted, this wasn’t exactly how I wanted to spend a few hours; my Dell system developed video card issues and had to be sent into the shop .. I sit here with a huge “LOANER LAPTOP” sign on my cover .. won’t that look good on stage tomorrow? 😉

.Text is a predecessor to Community Server (which is a pretty spiffy tool). However, I’ve not upgraded as of yet as I’m thinking I’d like to host this blog with a third-party provider rather than on my own.

WLW is pretty adept at detecting the blog host you’re using .. it just doesn’t detected .Text as of yet. However, thanks to the MetaWebBlogAPI standard, you can configure it by including the string:
(noting that that is not a physical file on your hard drive)

When WLW makes the call, it finds the API and off you go.

The best part: this is better than my previous solution (“My first Windows Live Writer Post”) as the API supports pulling a post down from the server and editing it in WLW.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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