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ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Quickly

Today I was pretty surprised when going through my feeds to read that a friend of mine, Maarten Balliauw, has a written a book. The title of the book is ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Quickly:

It’s been quite a job, but there it is: Packt just announced my very first book on their site. It is titled “ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Quickly”, covering all aspects ASP.NET MVC offers in a to-the-point manner with hands-on examples. The book walks through the main concepts of the MVC framework to help existing ASP.NET developers to move on to a higher level. It includes clear instructions and lots of code examples. It takes a simple approach, thereby allowing you to work with all facets of web application development. Some keywords: Model-view-controller, ASP.NET MVC architecture and components, unit testing, mocking, AJAX using MS Ajax and jQuery, reference application and resources.

I always thought, and still think, that writing a book is a massive amount of work. Therefore i really have a lot of respect for people that have the courage to actually write a real book.

Convert a Nucleus blog to Wordpress

As you could read in my previous post, I converted my weblog from Nucleus CMS to Wordpress. This article illustrates how I did it.

Import Nucleus content

I started by looking for a converter for Nucleus to Wordpress. I was happy to find one for Wordpress 2.1. Because I wanted to do most of the work while being offline (on the train), I then setup a local environment. This was very easy with XAMPP. After having the Magic LAMP running, I created a local database and imported all my Nucleus tables. Then I installed Wordpress 2.1 in my local environment and started the conversion. It must have been my lucky day, everything seemed to work and my Nucleus content (items, comments, users, trackbacks etc) were imported into Wordpress. After the import i could easily update Wordpress 2.1 to 2.7.

The Theme

The next important step: convert my carefully crafted ( ;-) ) Nucleus skin to a Wordpress theme. I thought this would be rather time consuming, but actually it only took me 10 hours (on the train) to completely convert my skin. I started from the default Wordpress theme, which was very helpful to see how everything works. Other details in this step are less important, because they are specific to my theme.