David Ornstein's WebLog

I'm a Lead Program Manager in the Digital Documents group at Microsoft; we're part of the Windows team.

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  • Blog Post: More blog from David on MSN Spaces

    So MSN just launched a beta sevrice called Spaces which is a pretty soup'd up blogging environment. I've been playing with it for the past few days and it's pretty nice. I'm at least going to keep my personal blog over there and I am seriosly considering moving my work and FlexWiki -related blogging...
  • Blog Post: Another example of using WikiTalk: page visit breadcrumbs in FlexWiki

    I have now documented the recent checkin supporting "Visitor Events". These are WikiTalk-accessible objects that can be used to show a history of the pages visited by a user during their session at a FlexWiki site. I’ve also incorporated this into the standard page borders on http://www.flexwiki.com...
  • Blog Post: FlexWiki customizable borders now well-documented

    I finally go around to writing up some solid documentation describing all the ways that that the borders on a FlexWiki page can be customized .
  • Blog Post: OK, time to drive to a SolidRelease

    Now that FlexWiki has moved back into gear after the release to SourceForge last week, it's time to gather round and drive FlexWiki to a SolidRelease . What do I mean by that? Well, there are lots of bug reports and lots of features that people have been requesting for a while now. I want to gather together...
  • Blog Post: Nice use of FlexWiki as a Bliki

    Very nice use of FlexWiki as a Bliki : http://bliki.salamandersoftware.co.uk/ . Nice use of WikiTalk .
  • Blog Post: Well, that wasn't so bad...

    OK. So I am a bit tired but the chaos wasn't as bad as I'd imagined. We launched FlexWiki on SourceForge yesterday (or was it today?). A few hours earlier than expected. That caused a bit of a scramble, but in the end it was no big deal. I spent some time today reading the news coverage ( c|net , InfoWorld...
  • Blog Post: FlexWiki posted to SourceForge.net

    This evening FlexWiki took the next step in its life and has been made available at SourceForge.net under the Common Public License . With this step, the developer community will have the latest source (including all the WikiTalk features), better access, better tools, and a better legal environment...
  • Blog Post: AP: 'Wikis' Offer Knowledge-Sharing Online

    The Associated Press yesterday posted a nice (and accurate) positive article profiling Wiki technology and touting that, " Wikis are poised to become what blogs have turned into — still in the Internet avant garde yet widespread enough to be influential."
  • Blog Post: Finally, Firefox improvements for FlexWiki

    OK, I finally found some time to address many, but not all of the annoying and lingering problems using FlexWiki with Firefox . This came partly down to CSS work and partly down to how script and forms all fit together in the initial implementation of the topic editing page. I've gotten the two major...
  • Blog Post: 40 people port a book to Wiki!

    Wow. Go away on vacation and look what happens... A group of about 40 people spent a weekend and ported Keith Brown's book The .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security to a FlexWiki site here . Very sweet. Part of the pluralsight.com FlexWiki site that's got material from Don Box , Craig Andera and...
  • Blog Post: WikiTalk almost mainstream...

    Today I released a new build of FlexWiki . It's got some improvements (see the list of things included in ReleaseNotes1569 ). More importantly, it's the first officially mainstream build of FlexWiki with WikiTalk ; WikiTalk is no longer in experimental builds only. I still don't have all this stuff checked...
  • Blog Post: New Experimental FlexWiki build -- and some new features

    I've posted a new WikiTalkExperimentalBuild on www.flexwiki.com . This is the software that's now live on the site. This includes everything needed to make the full FlexWiki UI be based on WikiTalk -- the original goal of the WikiTalk project. I've started to do the documenting of the new features involved...
  • Blog Post: Whoops! That bug was fun (or "Wiki vandalism by google!")

    OK. Time for a funny bug story. Yesterday I upgraded the running version of FlexWiki at flexwiki.com to the newest bits from my development environment. It's the first time that the whole FlexWiki UI is built using WikiTalk. I'll be posting information more information about WikiTalk and the new WikiBorders...
  • Blog Post: Oh, if only this were my real job! :-)

    It's kinda embarrassing. On the WhoIsWorkignOnWhat page on flexwiki.com, I said I’d be done with all this WikiTalk stuff in January. And I’m still not done. :-( On the other hand, I’ve been doing it in the evenings with a new baby in the house. And it’s getting pretty close. And I’m really happy about...
  • Blog Post: WikiTalk is born (or at least we're driving quickly towards the hospital!)

    OK. I've started to post information about WikiTalk , my new object-oriented language for FlexWiki . It's probably going to talk another few days to get the documentation usable and it'll likely be another few days after that before I post the binaries (and then a week after that when I actually checkin...
  • Blog Post: This is outta hand - Behavior Expression Language for FlexWiki

    OK. So one of the capabilities of FlexWiki that is just starting to be tapped is WikiBehaviors . These are the bridge to smart (i.e., code-based) capabilities that let you put dynamic content on your wiki pages. For example, you can use @@Now@@ to put the current time on. Or you can use the new XmlTransformWikiBehavior...
  • Blog Post: FlexWiki Build 1480 Released

    OK, I finally got over the network problems. Seems my ISP was blocking some of Microsoft's proxy servers; all fixed. Build 1480 is now available on flexwiki.com. Among the improvements: TopicTips are nice little hover tips that tell you what a topic is before you click on it; they went in earlier...
  • Blog Post: New FlexWiki build available

    I have uploaded a new release of FlexWiki to the server (www.flexwiki.com). This includes al of the latest checkins. I'm having trouble updating the rest of the site with information about the changes and new installation instructions because of a DNS problem with seeing www.flexwiki.com. I'll try again...
  • Blog Post: Scripting News Blogs FlexWiki and its RSS support

    Dave Winer noticed that FlexWiki generates RSS feeds.
  • Blog Post: A bit of order is called for

    We've got a half-dozen folks working on different things in FlexWiki and it's difficult for people to tell what has been checked in, what's in the released binaries, etc. Now things should be clearer because I've described the DeveloperProcess for FlexWiki. It's almost what's already been happening,...
  • Blog Post: FlexWiki on the Compact Framework?

    SteveMakofsky is looking into making FlexWiki run on the compact framework. Wow. Does that mean that I could run it on my SmartPhone (er, my upgraded SmartPhone when I get the SmartPhone 2003 upgrade for my Mpx220; and no I don't know if there will ever be one :-()? I wonder what scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Wiki web service and winforms client -- almost

    I got the latest FlexWiki sources down so I could try out OmarShahine 's web service for FlexWiki ( FlexWikiWebService ) and the WinForms wiki client ( FlexWikiEditor ). Alas, I couldn't get it to work. Probably just a configuration issue. I'm a web services novice (oh, the pain of aging :-)). I'm...
  • Blog Post: Wow. Shared Source is a great thing.

    Wow. Over the holidays some amazing things have happened with FlexWiki since I put it out into the shared source community. A number of people including OmarShahine , RyanLaNeve , TommyWilliams and HoopSomuah have been making some great contributions to FlexWiki, including (ta da) a preliminary .NET...
  • Blog Post: OK, finally. I guess there's no avoiding it...

    Alright, time for David to have his web log. :-) I guess the first thing to mention is that I was the primary author for FlexWiki , a .NET-based wiki implementation that people seem to love.
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