Sunday, January 20, 2008

Windows Live Writer For Blogger Accounts

I'm an impatient man. Pretty much all of the patience I have these days is a direct result of developing for Windows and web platforms for the last 6 years. Let's be honest, that'll really only get you so far!

It should come as almost no surprise that I'm pretty critical when it comes to the myriad of tools that decorate my work day. This is the first of potentially many entries that will be authored with Windows Live Writer. I've decided to give this product a try. This post is just that, a product of me trying to figure out how this client side app works.

This mostly stems from the fact that the Blogger WYSIWYG editor is terrible to blog with. It renders/behaves inconsistently between IE7/FF/Safari and handles pictures poorly. It also lacks the ability to highlight and handle code snippets well.

Setting up Live Writer is pretty straight forward. The only real complicated step is trying to determine your Blogger Feed-Id.

To find your Blogger Feed Id:

1) Go to your blogger home page (ie. http://systemdotwhat.blogspot.com).

2) Right click and choose to 'View Source'.

3) You're looking for some text that looks something like below:

<link rel="service.post" type="application/atom+xml" title="It's in System.What? - Atom" href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/[YourFeedId]/posts/default" />

4) Use the feed id and you should be fine.

Happy Blogging,

Tyler

4 comments:

still on said...

Thanks for the tip about feeds id mate.

Galano said...

it didn't work! when I pasted the ID No. and clicked next, a windows of error shown:
The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a receive.

Galano said...

so many times I have been tring and it just didn't work! So I am gonna try to edit the post at google docs and post it through Gmail. Would that be OK?

Vampire said...

Hello Tyler,

This seems to be working only with SSIS, however its not working with SQL Data Export Wizard though the "Office 12.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider " is shown in the Data Providers list.

So, can you confirm if this is a known issue. Also tell us how to use Excel 2007 files directly in the data export wizard.