ImageResizer v3 is released

Image Resizer 3 launched on April 24th. New version, new architecture, new website. Now that the initial sprint is over,  things have settled down, and I have a nice set of documentation articles, I'm finally blogging about it. I've been more focused on writing documentation than publicizing, but I still managed to get 5,713 pageviews in 24 days, and someone wrote a channel 9 article written about the project, which was very cool! As it happened, NameCheap.com support staff helpfully fixed broke my DNS records at the same time the article went live, so the article got 5000+ hits and I only managed a couple hundred. Thanks NameCheap Support! Due to the time difference, I caught their error the next day. Suprisingly, I still suggest NameCheap as the best registrar. Just avoid (a) e-mail forwarding and (b) support. Everything else works great. I moved to NameCheap after using GoDaddy and Network Solutions, and I've never looked back. After 4 years and 25 domains, this was the first time I ever contacted support. I think that says something about their software. If they would just move e-mail forwarding to EC2 and train support staff to verify their changes didn't break the customer's website, they'd be perfect. Perhaps more interesting - imageresizing.net runs Ruby.  Not rails, Ruby. NestaCms, actually. Deploying a new version from my laptop to Heroku takes between 2 and 4 seconds. And everything is versioned in Git, so I can roll back in seconds, group changes into commits, and deploy only the changes I think are ready. I edit the site in TextMate, push changes with SmartGit, and I've never been happier. Oh, and hosting is free since I don't need or use a DB. I'm editing plain text files, using textmate's nice markdown bundle, getting syntax highlighting, and I can mix in pure HTML whenever I want. Page templates can be a combination of HAML, erubis, and markdown, and can accepted variables from the header section of the markdown pages. NestaCMS is minimal abstraction is its finest. Maximum flexibility, minimum overhead, simplest debugging.  And the source is so readable I could use it as-is for documentation in the download. Now there's an idea! Back to the topic - If you haven't already, you should download Image Resizer v3 and give it a spin. Installation is very simple, and there are 20 new plugins available. Oh, and it's free. Like MIT-free. It's supported by the add-on plugin bundles, which also have MIT-like licenses.

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About Nathanael

Nathanael Jones is a software engineer, father, consultant, and computer linguist with unreasonably high expectations of inanimate objects. He refines .NET, ruby, and javascript libraries full-time at Imazen, but can often be found on stack overflow or participating in W3C community groups.

ImageResizer

If you develop websites, and those websites have images, ImageResizer can make your life much eaiser. Find out more at imageresizing.net.

Imazen

I run Imazen, a tiny software company that specializes in web-based image processing and other difficult engineering problems. I spend most of my time writing image-processing code in C#, web apps in Ruby, and documentation in Markdown. Check out some of my current projects.

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