It has been over 15 years since I started blogging on the internet and nearly 5 years since I started my dedicated development blog, MotzCod.es, focusing on cross-platform mobile development with Xamarin and C#. I have loved each and every moment of running my blogs and being able to write about my true passions in life. Throughout the years the number of blog posts I generated grew, readership grew, and I have also grown a lot in life and my career. With all that growth, I knew it was time for a change. That is why I am so incredibly excited to introduce the next evolution of my blogging life on the internet with Montemagno.com.
I have actually owned this domain for over 12 years at this point and never put it to good use until now. Montemagno.com is your one stop for everything James!
Is there still code?
Absolutely! The blog and all of its content can now be found here with all images and source code intact, and with proper redirects from the old website. The blog itself is my main focus, and that is why it is on the front page of the site. While I may still talk about travel or video games from time to time, you will find a large portion of my blogs focusing on mobile development with Xamarin.
Even better is that you can now find things easier with a more awesome search, tags, and great recommendations on the bottom of each post. Looking for other code-related things I am involved with? Then checkout all of my awesome podcasts that I release weekly and also take a look at upcoming conferences I will be speaking at in the near future.
Under the Hood
You are probably thinking, "Wow, This website looks great! How was it built?". First, you are correct it does look great, runs great, and the content really shines. That is becuase it is all powered by the most awesome blog platform in the world, Ghost. I was an original Kickstarter backer and have been waiting to make the transition away from Tumblr for some time now. With the release of 1.0 I finally jumped ship and spent a lot of time putting polish onto every little element on the screen.
Some large perks came from this move. The code highlighting is much improved, all images have been uploaded to Ghost servers for super fast caching and viewing around the globe, and I love supporting awesome open source projects. I also figure that if Ghost is good enough for Troy Hunt, then it is good enough for me!
I want to first thank you, my loyal reader, who keeps coming back to my blog, leaving comments, and reaching out to me on Twitter for even more.
Today not only is the relaunch of this site, but an entire launch of a lovely branding and styling update for me! I worked with my goods friends over at Cinder Design Co. over the last serveral months to craft an identity for the label, site, and content that you see all around here and soon out in the wild.
I hope that you love the new Montemagno.com just as much as I do and keep coming back for more awesome blog posts.