James Montemagno
James Montemagno

Live, Love, Bike, and Code.

Live, Love, Bike, and Code



James Montemagno

Welcome to Montemagno.com Version 2.0 & Newsletter!

Nearly a year ago I re-launched montemagno.com with the goal of creating a website rich of developer content, powered by Ghost a great CMS system, and with beautiful branding and theming that was mobile responsive.

Monthly Newsletter

Something I have always wanted to have was a newsletter that would allow me to have a closer relationship with my readers than just back and forth on Twitter. That is why I am pleased to announce that I am starting a monthly newsletter that is completely free (I promise NEVER to spam you and will NEVER sell or rent your information to anyone). Each month the newsletter will feature my favorite articles around the community and commentary from me of what is happening in the world of technology and development.

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Enhanced Search

One of the first features I added last year was a simple Search mechanism powered by ghostHunter. I have since updated to the latest and greatest version that has smarter fuzzy-logic serach and on type results:


Prettier Code

Part of owning my own blog and customizing it was to ensure that the content I could create and the code I was sharing could shine. I integrated Rainbow to stylize code, but it wasn't perfect. I have updated to the latest and greatest version and also spent some time optimizing the style and colors to be closer to Visual Studio. Check it out:

// Here are some comments!
public class Grouping<K, T> : ObservableCollection<T>
    public string Hello = "World";
    public K Key { get; private set; }

    public Grouping(K key, IEnumerable<T> items)
      Key = key;
      foreach (var item in items)

Tons of Tweaks

There are several little tweaks and UI optimizations around the site that I think everyone will enjoy. I have also reduced the overall number of advertisements (which help me pay for hosting) and am working more closely with developer specific advertisers so the ads themselves are better for everyone. On this week's Merge Conflict I chatted with Frank about my move to Ghost and how I used Handlebars, Gulp, Sass, and VS Code to make updates to the site. Give it a listen:

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