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Initially, I used categories as the only taxonomy to group my blog posts together based on their content.
More recently, I discovered that, in addition to categories, WordPress offers also tags. Actually, I initially thought of categories just like tags, but after some research on the Internet, I figured out there’s a difference between these taxonomies.
So, it’s been quite a while I wanted to reorganize my blog taxonomies, following the advice I read in several places to reduce the number of categories, and adding tags for finer-grained and cross-category classifications.
I spent a fair amount of time thinking about this taxonomy reorg for my blog, and re-tagging all the existing posts, and finally I was able to reduce the number of categories from the initial 19 to just 6.
In particular, I “moved” several previous categories (like Bugs, Performance, ATL, STL, Unicode, Pluralsight, etc.) to tags. Two important categories now are C++, which groups topics related to the C++ language and standard library, and Windows C++ Programming, which is focused on the application of C++ to Windows development (for example, think of Win32 C++ programming, ATL, and so on).
I hope this reorg will increase the “information organization” quality of this blog!
I’m a regular reader of John Sonmez’s blog: Simple Programmer: it’s rich of interesting posts and videos, with valuable insights.
So, when the opportunity arose to subscribe to a series of email lessons about “A blog that boost your career” written by John, I was happy to give it a try.
And, as expected, the emails sent contained high-quality lessons, written in a simple and enjoyable style, typical of John’s writing.
Each email has a good well-balanced amount of text: not too much, not too short. The email style is colloquial and informal, offering a relaxed easygoing reading experience.
Moreover, these email lessons are enriched with several examples, showing ideas and concepts into action.
I like John’s approach of offering a series of practical-oriented lessons: you can read each email and put into practice the suggestions contained there, step-by-step.
It’s also worth noting the fact that John shared some of his negative experiences, offering learning lessons, and saving the reader from wasting time making the same mistakes.
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Michael Dunn developed an interesting Gadget for Browsing the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
However, using the original version published on CodeProject, I failed to install the gadget on Windows 7 x64. (Browsing the comment section, it seems I was not alone.)
Fortunately, source code is available in the download package. The gadget uses an helper COM object, written in C++ with good old VC6. I imported the C++ project in VS2008 and rebuilt for x64 (in fact, to my knowledge, it is impossible to do 64-bit builds using VC6). After repackaging the gadget with the 64-bit COM object, the APOD viewer correctly shows up in Windows 7 x64.
The x64 build is attached to this post.
My name is Giovanni Dicanio, and I’m a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP.
(I received my first VC++ MVP Award on July 1st, 2007.)
The odds are good that I’ll be writing about C++ and Windows programming (and maybe something more) on this blog.
Feel free to contact me using giovanni.dicanio at gmail.com or gdicanio at mvps.org e-mail addresses.