Monday, July 25, 2011 vs. Blogger II

Here we are at the second episode of vs. Blogger.
As you know my first motivation is simplicity. The second one is... look at the following videos:

Did you see? Blogger performs some actions faster than

The creation of a new post is slower on (~6 secs) than Blogger (~3 secs) .
Blogger's autosave is within one minute, autosave is within two minutes and moreover, if you want to manually save your draft, look at the video! The action is not really immediate.
Finally also on preview Blogger is faster than

Conclusion: you can easily imagine, when you write a post, you start dropping a few lines, than see how they look like, than rewrite and see again and so on. That's why feedback while editing a text is important.

Now I've a question for you, when you write a program are you editing a text? Indeed, it is something more than editing a text, we need feedback and more. So next post we'll see how a few languages, like Smalltalk, can provide you a fast feedback.

See you.

Monday, July 4, 2011 vs. Blogger

If you are reading this post, probably you are aware last week I changed blogging platform: from to blogger.
I specified because there is also a but that's the carry-over-your-shoulders  platform.

The very first days I set up my blog, I found on the net a lot of useful plugins for wordpress, wonderful - I said - I tried to install some plugins or to search for the right option in .com, but unfortunately they was for the .org version (side note: dear reader, you have to know I'm a simple mind, I get lost immediately when I find something it's not crystal clear).
Finally I discovered the difference: .com is all-inclusive but restricted, .org is free as a bird but you've also to mount an ikea wardrobe.
I discarded the .org solution sure the .com version was downhill all the way.

Now, let see the "easy" way: Dashboard

In your personal dashboard there are: five items in the top bar and fourteen items in the admin bar on the left, i.e. nineteen first level items, but  if you expand every item there are many others links or buttons eager to be clicked.   G o s h.

Now let's go to the blogger dashboard

Blogger Dashboard

Six first level (tabbed) items, plus a "view blog" link

Why do you want to start a blog? Probably because you want to write something worth of and I say writing, not configuring or searching for the right option or whatever else. All other activities are needed but should be done with less hassle. Writing should be immediate!
I've to admit the settings tab in blogger is quite crowded and can be simplified, but almost all the default options are ok.

Good, that's enough but I'll tell you more in the next post.
See you.

Update: The second part of this post is here: vs. Blogger II