So I just installed Live Writer and am writing this blog with it.  Integrating with my blog was painless.  I added a Code Snippet plug-in, hoping that it will work well for me.  I’ve been using CopySourceAsHtml (CSAH) to great success, but thought it best to try out the plug-ins that are available.  There are other code plug-ins, but this was the highest rated.  Do you, Dear Reader, have a favorite?

Here is a comparison between the CSAH and the plug-in:

CSAH:

    1 [Specification]
    2 public void the_job_end_date_should_be_set()
    3 {
    4     _view.AssertWasCalled( v => v.EndDate = EndDate );
    5 }

Plug-in:

   1: [Specification]
   2: public void the_job_end_date_should_be_set()
   3: {
   4:     _view.AssertWasCalled( v => v.EndDate = EndDate );
   5: }

I had to set up additional styles in my blog CSS because the class names for the plug-in are different than CSAH.  It wasn’t a big deal though since I was able to simply reuse the existing styles.  Also, I lose some of the coloring that CSAH gives because CSAH grabs the colors directly from Visual Studio.  It’s not a big loss.  In fact, I have either option with Live Writer as you can see.  I just have to “Paste Special…” when using CSAH.  Maybe I will try a couple of the other code snippet plug-ins later tonight.

Live Writer advantages over built-in GeeksWithBlogs editor.

  • I have had to work around a problem with the built-in edit regarding hyperlinks.  Live Writer doesn’t exhibit the same problem.
  • With Live Writer, while writing my blog it is already displayed using my blog CSS.  With the built-in, I have to wait until after I publish.  Yikes!
  • Saving a draft is a breeze with LW.  I’ve frequently lost blog posts because of errors posting with the built-in.
  • Preview mode is nice, as it shows me what the post will look like after it is published, including blog headers, side-bars, etc.
  • Both support a Source view.
  • Plug-in support.  It took me no time at all to find a plug-in for code snippets.  There are a bunch more out there too.
  • Categories are much easier to assign.  With the built-in, the list of category checkboxes are not alphabetized and the text is frequently misaligned.

Other things of note:

  • With LW, you can specify a publish date.  Sounds cool, but I haven’t had a need for it yet.
  • I have to set up different “keywords” (Auto Linking in LW).  Fortunately, I don’t have a ton of key words yet, so, it’s not a big deal.
posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 3:15 PM
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# re: Live Writer – What took me so long?
posted by Jeff Julian
on 3/26/2009 3:46 PM
We actually stopped deving the web admin post creator once WLW was out because it is so awesome. Auto upload of images, tagging, and so many awesome features, we couldn't compete.

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