Every year around October I post the best blogs and I compare what did it change in my life and what I was doing.Did I improve in my taste? I am in the opinion that the blogs you read, is what you are trying to accomplish. The are reasons why you read a blog and why do you keep reading
2007 Best blogs Awards
2006 Best blog Awards
And now the 2008 Awards!!
| ||Scott Hanselmans's blog |
This year improved radically, not just the tech posts are better than the previous year, his vision of the world, through the eyes of a geek is just as well written as compelling. I would recommend anybody to read his posts about the trip to Africa. A honest description of an open minded outsider looking into a completely different world.
Hanselman brings a personal touch to the technology world, always posting the code with a great description on the project’s he posts as well as steps to reproduce it. Very well organized blog posts that makes you wanted to start using MVC.
For all this, he deserves the first prize this year.
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| ||Shawn Wildermuth’s blog |
The everyday blogger about Silverlight 2.0. I have followed him every day and I have learned quite a lot about Silverlight just by reading his wonderful posts. It’s almost like a college course. Without any doubt he deserves the second prize this year.
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| ||Phil Haack’s blog |
Another Microsoft outsider that by joining Microsoft, brought the big corporation the open source initiative. His blog formula, a cross over between Hanselman and Guthrie, works really well for him. He is the first one to release any news about open source and MVC project at Microsoft as well as keeping a few personal posts along the way.
Extremely modest blogger that shouldn’t be that way. This year he gets the third prize.
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| ||Tim Heuer’ blog |
Ok, I might be into Silverlight too much as “Method of fail” is another of my top favorites this year. Tim is a great blogger and organize this posts really well. He likes to teach you and explain from the beginning the technology used. You’ll find lots of diagrams and screen shots.
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| ||Rick Stahl’s blog |
Any time you get a compiler error or get stuck in a project and decide to google it or live it, you are almost guaranteed to end up on Rick’s blog with the solution to your problem.
I have bookmark many of Rick’s post that fix some problems in many of my projects, as well he writes great tutorials of how to do something. A must read and most important, must search.
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| ||Scott Guthrie’s blog |
He is the most read blogger in the .NET world, if you are using .NET and you do not read Scott’s blog, you should think about working in another sector. Yet, this year, Scott started to post less and take longer between post. Still the quality of those post are great, yet, being a VP at Microsoft, must be keeping him busy.
Still, the first person to release a new product with the tutorial to get you started.
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| ||Robert Scoble’s blog |
I wanted this year to drop Scoble out of the list, yet if find myself going back to his blog to learn how the tech world is doing. This year, you can find on his blog, just interviews to CEO of companies that invite him for a chat. Won’t say anything really bad about anybody.
Probably being the biggest tech blogger in Silicon Valley means to be used as a channel to release news.
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| || James Fee’s blog |
I found myself this year keep reading James’s blog almost every day. A wonderful writer with a great sense of humor. If you are interested in GIS, he is the biggest blogger out there.
There you have it. This year the list is longer, yet each one of them deserve to be on it. Who do you read? Again, sorry for the delay, its being a crazy year full of releases and work. 2008 was great for new products and new software concepts. In order to keep up, you need to target the information you want and need to do your job well, if you read the blogs of the people above, you are guarantee not to miss anything “important” in 2009!
What’s their award? Besides being featured on my blog? Well a free copy of the December issue of the ASP.NET Pro magazine.