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Jamie Thomson

This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a freelance data mangler in London

Subscribing to comments on MSDN blog posts

This is a quick FYI.

I follow a lot of blogs that are hosted on MSDN and I often leave comments on there as its a good way of providing feedback to folks within Microsoft; for example, I left a comment on Microsoft Codename “Data Explorer” Walkthrough yesterday (as did Chris Webb). Unfortunately MSDN blogs are distinctly lacking in a really rather basic feature, there is no easy way to find out if anyone replies to those comments so it kinda stunts the growth of important conversations that might pour forth.

Yesterday I found out a  way around this. If you use your browser’s “View Source” for a particular blog post:

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you will be presented with the raw HTML for the page which contains a collection of URIs, the last of those URIs provides an RSS feed of all comments on the blog post:

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Copy and paste that URI into your RSS reader of choice and you will be notified about replies to your comments.

 

Its crude but it works although I’m slightly stunned there isn’t a better way of doing this – beats me why they don’t provide email notifications. Heigh-ho.

@jamiet

Published Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:11 AM by jamiet

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Edafe Onerhime said:

That's a useful tip. It's one of the reasons I love following your posts, you don't just learn useful SSIS stuff.

~E~

October 20, 2011 3:20 AM
 

Ben Thul said:

"although I’m slightly stunned there isn’t a better way of doing this"

There is.  I'm using firefox.  When I visit that page, there's an orange button in the address bar that tells me that this page has RSS feeds.  When I click on it, it shows me a bunch, one of which is the comments for the article.

October 20, 2011 5:53 AM
 

jamiet said:

Hi Ben,

Thanks for the comment.

Which version of Firefox? I believe they have removed that in the builds that you get these days (I stand to be corrected).

Nevertheless, that still requires another 3rd party tool to read the source on your behalf - it doesn't excuse the need for email notifications.

JT

October 24, 2011 8:01 AM
 

Digvijay said:

very useful for me.

thanks for sharing.

greate

April 1, 2012 6:13 AM

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