The idea of the new web site - vb:feeds - http://vbfeeds.com - was inspired by DelphiFeeds.com I stumbled upon last month.
So, I decided to build a web site that would syndicate select web feeds with Visual Basic/.NET related content. But I went further - all posts are screened for content and only the technical ones make it to http://vbfeeds.com. The approved content then is published on the site as well as exposed via a single web feed. Be sure you will not see on vb:feeds posts like my recent one.
The basic aggregation idea is not new at all, take .NET Weblog Archive for example. I subscribed to their feed over a year ago but unsubscribed a couple of weeks later as they collect hundreds of posts daily (impossible to read through) and the biggest problem is that many of those hundreds have very little to do with .NET.
In the past couple of weeks I shared the vb:feeds web site with vbCity Leaders and most owners of the blogs being syndicated at the site. And so far the feedback was very encouraging. Here are some comments:
Mike McIntyre: The best compliment I can give you is that I am starting to depend on this site.
Ged Mead: I like the idea .... even though it meant that I just spent another 30 minutes reading blogs that I didn't mean to ! :-}
Mark Dryden: In short, a terrific idea... Wading through a blogger's progress through a specific game, restaurant reviews and bigging up new gadget purchases generally leads to an unsubcribe from me - therefore, pure technical content is a BIG plus.
Jay Roxe: I think this is a fantastic resource and I'm glad to see that you're putting it together.
vb:feeds is the first of the projects that went live which I developed using ASP.NET 2.0, VB2005 and SQL2005 – I love how Whidbey is shaping up in the August CTP and RC1 – real pleasure to use it! I haven't had so much fun with Visual Studio since VB6 :)
Things to do - site search, grouping, tagging, rating posts and such.
What do you think about the idea in general? What do you like about it and what don't? What features you would like to see added? What are VB related feeds you know of that I may've missed?
Please post your feedback in this blog comments or on the vb:feeds support forum.
vb:feeds - http://vbfeeds.com