While I really enjoyed the holidays, one part was really difficult for me. There was some great discussions happening about Subtext in the mailing list and in various blog posts, but I was too busy to really get involved.

I’m reading everything, but times are really busy for me right now as I’ve fallen a bit behind on the book and have to play catch up. Not only that, work is really picking up.

Unfortunately this means less time to work on Subtext and blog about it. Fortunately, others have picked up the slack over the holiday weekend. I wanted to highlight a few of those posts.

Adding Custom ASPX pages to Subtext

Now that Barry Dorans finally migrated his blog to Subtext, he’s writing about it. One post he wrote deals with how to workaround the fact that Subtext intercepts all requests for *.aspx pages by default. Thus if you try and add an aspx page for your own needs, it won’t get rendered. Barry walks you through how to add your own .aspx pages to a Subtext installation.

Barry also provides a quick tip on how to recalculate view stats in Subtext.

Subtext and IIS 7

Sascha Sertel wrote a couple of interesting posts that cover how to get Subtext up and running in IIS 7 on Vista.

His first post covers Installing Subtext in an IIS 7 virtual directory with SQL Server 2005. His guide provides some great troubleshooting advice for getting Subtext up and running in this scenario. Hopefully the next version of Subtext will support this scenario much better via improved documentation and error messaging.

He has a short follow up post that covers installing Subtext as its own Website in IIS 7. In truth, this probably applies to any web application in IIS 7.

His latest post in this series covers debugging Subtext on Vista using IIS 7 and Visual Studio 2005. While I personally use the built in Webserver.WebDev for debugging, I do need to test the code using IIS before deployment. This is useful information to have.

Merging Blogs

Keith Elder writes about his experience merging two separate blogs into a single blog on Subtext. Once he had the data imported into a local database, he deployed the Subtext code and ran exported the local data to BlogML and imported that same BlogML from the server. Another success story for BlogML.

So I may not be as heavily involved in current Subtext development at the moment as I would like, but development is still moving forward with or without me. That’s a good feeling.