Although many have asked for it, today was the day that a team of Microsoft and other Volunteers managed to fork Window Live Writer to become Open Live Writer under the .NET Foundation.
I am creating this post with Open Live Writer right now. It is version 0.5.
I noticed it picked up my blog history that was on my system, including unpublished drafts. Nice.
In the past week I had already become excited about Visual Code, a lean mean and very appealing code editor with the look and feel and some of the great functionality of Visual Studio, built into a source-code editor that loads and runs very quickly. Also open-sourced and on GitHub, it has an exciting execution and plug-in model for developing collaborative distributed operation.
I can see both of these tools growing into parts of a powerful multi-platform ecosystem for geeks.
Open Live Writer is more on the C# end of things, but that can be multi-platform too, now.
Another reason for my excitement is these are desktop GUI applications of a scale and directness that may be great avenues for many novice and hobbyist developers to get their teeth into and begin to develop class applications.
Oh boy, … .