MetaWeblog API

date_range  17 April 2014

ASP.Net
.Net Development

UPDATE 2: Although my private feed is still up, I’d recommend using the official package. https://www.nuget.org/packages/JamesDibble.ApplicationFramework.Web.MetaWeblog

UPDATE: I’ve now created a little Nuget package that should get you that little bit closer to implementing something like this for yourself http://nuget.jdibble.co.uk/api/v2/package/jamesdibble.applicationframework.web.metaweblog/1.0.20.0. Or you can add my personal Nuget feed and find it there at http://nuget.jdibble.co.uk/nuget

I’ve been looking for a better way of writing blog posts for a while. I’ve been using the same little blog “engine” for a while now and I’ve essentially just had various jQuery WYSISYG editors. I’ve known about Windows Live Writer for a little while now but Scott Hanselman recently added a blog entry about MiniBlog that peeked my interest in it again somewhat. More importantly, however, was the use of MetaWeblog.

MetaWeblog is a decade old now I think, and runs on top of XML-RPC, so since it came out we’ve had SOAP come and die and be replaced with REST as the web communication defacto standard, but it is still a very widely supported way of getting blog content onto the web.

The most annoying problem stems from XML-RPC; the classes and interfaces cannot be namespaced. This might have been documented somewhere but I didn’t spend a long time looking for it. I spent a good half an hour visually diffing some example code and my own before the light bulb came on.

Then I needed to deal with good olde ASP.Net MVC eating every dynamic request. I had already added my web.config entry like so: but that wasn’t enough when it was delpoyed up to the old web server. I needed a manual one in code too:

If everything goes to plan, this blog post will have been written and published using WLW and MetaWeblog and I’ll keep up my little ramblings.

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