10 minutes ago we released the first version of BlogEngine.NET for anyone to download and use. This is very exciting to me because I’ve spent many hours during the last couple of months designing and coding in my spare time.
We have been using CodePlex as a code repository and we also use it to host the release and help files. It has a nice discussion forum and issue tracker that has been used heavily by the beta testers. The repository is very impressive and it hooks directly into Visual Studio 2005 by a free download of Team Explorer. I can highly recommend it for anyone interested in starting an open source project.
The official website www.dotnetblogengine.net has also been released a couple of days ago and here you’ll find a lot of information, new themes and of course the team blog. The site is built 100% upon the BlogEngine.NET 1.0 release.
BlogEngine.NET was started out of the need for a simple ASP.NET 2.0 blog platform, that was easy to modify, extend and theme – a blog that didn’t needed an expensive SQL Server installation and was so simple that it didn’t needed 10 Visual Studio projects.
For six months I played with the idea, but it was first when I pitched it to Michal Talaga that it took off. We created the overall architecture and design, but not long after, Michal ran out of spare time and I was left alone with the project. Al Nyveldt came to the rescue, and soon also Brian Kuhn and Mauricio Quiros was part of the team and now things really got going.
After a month of high pace development, we came to realize that we needed help on the search algorithm so my co-worker Claus Christensen stepped up to the plate. Also the UI design of the admin section needed work, so Victor Rivero volunteered and designed the coolest looking admin section.
Today, the core team consists of Al, Brian, Mauricio and I with special thanks to Michal, Claus and Victor. That’s a very international team covering United States, Costa Rica, Spain, Poland and Denmark. Don’t get my started on the time zone issue :)
The project is only 2½ months old, but I have been running it on this website for two since the alpha release only 14 days after kick-off.
We look forward to keep the versions flowing at a steady pace and we already have a roadmap for the next 5 versions. The next version is planned for release already this summer.