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Site Update: New Resume, Contact, Reviews, and Reading Lists Sections

November 8th, 2009

This site now sports a ResumeContact MeReviews, and Reading Lists section.

If you’re reading this from an RSS feed, then the changes looks like this:

Navigation changes on my site

These new sections make use of the services I created earlier – my resume content is pulled directly from LinkedIn via my Resume service, the Reading Lists and Reviews are being pulled from Amazon via my Amazon service, and I’m still working on a personalized greeting module which will make use of my Whois service.

Now, when I update my resume on LinkedIn, add a new item to my Amazon wishlist, or write a new Review on Amazon the content is updated within this site and indexed by the Google.

It took longer than expected to get these new pages up and running – mostly due to a couple false starts. You see, I’m running this site on Windows shared hosting which unfortunately doesn’t give me many options – sure, sure, I could purchase another hosting account, but developers are like freak’n MAcGyver we like working within ridiculous constraints. It’s all about the challenge! Anyways, I first tried using Ruby on Rails on shared hosting (fail), then tried using PHP on Trax (fail), and finally reverted to ASP.NET MVC. While ASP.NET MVC is heads and tails more fun than Web Forms / Classic ASP.NET, the impedance mismatch between strongly typed objects and web languages (JavaScript, CSS, XHTML) is still annoying. Thankfully the MVC Contrib project solves some of these pains, however it can’t solve them all.

My next steps with this site are to: finish the greeting module, update the layout (drop the WordPress theme), and finish a Github / Google Code repo widget (kind of like this one) for the sidebar.

Contribute, view, or download the openly available source code here.

  1. November 8th, 2009 at 12:07 | #1

    Original comment:

    Fancy!

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    “Your comment was a bit too short. Please go back and try again.”

    New Comment:

    Original comment:

    Fancy!

    Response:

    “Your comment was a bit too short. Please go back and try again.”

    Goto 10

  2. November 9th, 2009 at 15:42 | #2

    Looks good, buddy. Can you make your resume service into a WP Plugin so that I don’t have to do anything? :D

    • Adam Kahtava
      November 16th, 2009 at 21:29 | #3

      One WordPress plugin coming right up! :) I still haven’t tackled a proper WP plugin and would like to do it. I need more time!

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