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On the future of MetaWeblogSharp

There is a good change coming.

MetaWeblogSharp is merging into the MetaWeblog.Portable project (http://github.com/AdvancedREI/MetaWeblogPortable).

Benefits for You

  • The code will see more active development and will as a result be more reliable with different MetaWeblog services.
  • The “Portable” part means that you’ll be able to use the code on .NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android! MetaWeblogSharp only ever supported Windows 8. As a developer who wants people to use his code – this naturally makes me very happy.
  • It will have great support for asynchronous operations – MetaWeblogSharp only supported synchronous use
  • It doesn’t fracture the codebase and in turn benefits the greatest number of developers.

Key Points

  • I realize a few of you are still using MetaWeblogSharp. The project will not suddenly disappear right now. I’ll keep the project on CodePlex and the binaries on NuGet for at least the next six months
  • MetaWeblogSharp is now in maintenance mode. If you find an bug or have a question feel free to contact me. I’ll make selected bugfixes into MetaWeblogSharp and port them into MetaWeblog.Portable.
  • If you have a new feature request, likely this will go directly MetaWeblog.Portable. (Though I would consider adding it to MetaWeblogSharp if it is incredibly important)

Next Steps

  • Currently, I’m working on the MetaWeblog.Portable project on GitHub. My current focus is to make general compatibility improvements and more important add a framework for testing the MetaWeblog.Portable client.
  • As part enabling unit testing, I’m building a very simple MetaWeblog Server component – a simple HTTP server that implements a xml/filesystem based blogging system. A side-benefit of this simple MetaWeblog-based blogging client is that if you ever want to build your own toy web server or XmlRPC server or MetaWeblog server you will have a modern, clean example of how to do it.


Thanks for everyone who has used MetaWeblogSharp and remember with this change you’ll get more features – not less.

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