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Posting Code Size and Blogs vs Articles

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I had an interesting discussion today around several aspects of Blogs.

Being fairly new, I didn’t realize there were hard core “rules of etiquette” when it came to blogs.

So my understanding from them (and this may just be a bunch of tech geeks being too technical about everything, but let me know):

1. Size of code should be limited in blog examples. This I would generally agree with except when: 1) the entire code block is needed to communicate the concept or 2) your just feeling too damn lazy. 🙂

2. A blog entry that becomes “too large” should be an article. I guess a well thought out, long lived piece probably should be. To me, a blog’s a blog and it can be long or short as long as it’s your thoughts and not necessarily intended to be definitive. An article gets into that definitive territory…

Well, what do you guys think and what are some alternatives for handling these situations?



Written by Nelson

April 2, 2007 at 2:40 am

Posted in Miscellaneous

2 Responses

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  1. Reading code is hard, reading a lot of code is harder.
    A code sample should be the least you need to see in order to understand the concept under discussion.

    I don’t hold with article vs. post thingie, either

    Ayende Rahien

    April 2, 2007 at 5:01 am

  2. I’ve seen it go both ways. Sometimes a blog post itself is the article and is super long (including code samples and what not).

    Other times it is posted an article on sites like CodePlex, GotDotNet, 4guysFromRolla type sites.

    The article format is definitely more readable and easier to bookmark and/or print as reference material. However I think because posting something on a different articles-only site requires others to approve it before it goes up, its often not done and people just use their blog to post article-worthy information. That and I think there’s a limitation with a lot of blogging software in that they don’t differentiate between “posts” and “articles”


    April 2, 2007 at 1:51 pm

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