I reserved WordWalkingStick.com to have a domain available for a hosting plan with Internet Information Server (IIS). WordWalkingStick.com sounds like some kind of commercial play for my open source project on CodePlex.com for Microsoft Office Word. But, as of today, consider the similar names a âcoincidence.â
Instead of having a personally useless âcode gallery,â my Songhay Studio Server at WordWalkingStick.com is built to be a part of my active, work-week-daily workflow. Whenever I learn something new about Silverlight, WPF or ASP.NET MVC, it should show up on the Studio Server. This Studio Server concept is a self-educational tool (beyond my relatively passive Funky KB at SonghaySystem.com) that often serves as a co-worker educational tool.
This Studio Server concept, by the way, is direct descendant from my intranet-based âDevelopment Serverâ concept that Iâve used in the workplace since the early 2000s. I thought it was cool to take a slice out of my Desktop and point it at this âDevelopment Server.â The rise of the SharePoint âMy Siteâ makes this work habit largely obsolete in the average Microsoft-based enterprise.
I have avoided Microsoft-based hosting on the public internet for years because Microsoft technology simply was not designed for the âsharedâ hosting model. Phil Haack led the way here and I followed him into a deal with Newtek Web Hosting.
As of this writing, the Songhay Studio Server contains:
- Active Web Designsâpage layouts for the few web sites I maintain.
- Live SamplesâCSS, jQuery and Silverlight samples online; I use these to keep currentâso studying these carefully covers my current skill set.
- Hosted Source Codeâactive CodePlex.com projects and legacy SourceForge.net projects (in Java).
- Utilitiesâstuff for me, dating back to my Intranet days.
So, after I showed Scott Hanselman my Silverlight BiggestBox live sample, he politely asked for something more interesting. In reply to his prompt reply, I told him (I think this came acrossâbecause Twitter is terse) that he was looking at a blank canvas. In the specific Silverlight case, I had to spend quite some time getting the plumbing to work to my satisfaction. The problem is that most people canât see the plumbingâoften I lose myself in the plumbing!
This new Songhay Studio Server allows me to see an IT executive summary of what the hell is going on! I can look at the home page and click though the index and see:
- First, I had to build an ASP.NET MVC version of the old intranet site. This effort started seriously around the Fall of 2009 when I was talking to Ken Chung of Vevo.
- Then I had the pleasure of spending the winter of 2009 and most of 2010 building three, yes three CodePlex.com projects, Songhay Silverlight BiggestBox, Songhay WPF BiggestBox and UriTree. In âTriple Threatening to Change My Prescription for My Eyeglassesâ I try to explain my allegedly strange behavior.
- Then I updated my jQuery samples! I did this in part because of my current day job as I was learning tons of new stuff about jQuery. So Iâve been working on this here and there for the last six months.
- Finally I started working on the long-awaited, new web designs for kintespace.com and SonghaySystem.com, using my new jQuery approaches. Iâve been directly on this for about a week.
Coming soon will be my Adobe Flex-based BiggestBox! Ideally Iâll have Silverlight and Flex parity. This new tool called Tofino allows me to work on Flex in Visual Studio, which is currently very convenient for me.
So, am I spread too thin? Am I âover preparingâ and getting âlostâ in the technology? What this new Songhay Studio Server does for me is allow me to consolidate, summarize and simplify. The work of the last two years finally comes to the surface.