CodePlex 2008 – A Year in Review

A couple of weeks ago, I attended CodeMash 2009 in Sandusky, Ohio -  my second time attending as Program Manager for CodePlex. The first year, I spent 2 days sitting non-stop with project owners and site visitors, collecting feedback about the site. Their feedback would play a significant role in determining the priorities for upcoming features. Now that a year has past, we wanted to share with you how CodePlex has grown.

Site Traffic 2008 2007 % increase from 2007
Visits 19,493,502 8,891,178 +119%
User Hours 2,804,898 1,237,356 +127%
Unique Visitors 9,811,365 4,532,440 +116%
New Registered Users 66,553 38,651 +72%
New Projects 4,542 2,130 +113%

chart of # of site visits


chart of new registered users


New Features

Over 2008, we had 12 new releases of the CodePlex software, with the following top 9 features:

  1. Subversion client support – server hosted SVN Bridge allowing SVN clients to “just work” against the CodePlex TFS servers
  2. Site redesign – new look and feel, upgraded UI. The end of the nuclear waste green era.
  3. Silverlight hosting – okay, technically not deployed within 2008, but who’s counting =D
  4. Project statistics – see daily statistics of page views, downloads, and visits
  5. Ratings and reviews – rate and review project releases
  6. Project Discussions mailing lists – get notifications and discuss projects via e-mail alongside the online discussion boards
  7. AJAX Source code browser – easily browse source code before download with file tree view and source code syntax highlighting
  8. Search improvements – added sort by relevance or ratings, search by development status or license type, and search term highlighting
  9. Discussions rich text editor – write Discussions posts using a WYSIWYG editor

Top New Projects of 2008

These are the top Open Source projects created in 2008, by page view count:

  • WPF - This is the main site for updates on the WPF roadmap and the portal for accessing the WPF Toolkit and the WPF Futures releases.
  • Silverlight - The Silverlight Toolkit is a collection of Silverlight controls, components and utilities made available outside the normal Silverlight release cycle.
  • CompositeWPF - The Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight is designed to help you more easily build enterprise-level Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications.
  • MVCSamples - This project is for prototype and sample ASP.NET MVC Sample applications.
  • Unity - The Unity Application Block (Unity) is a lightweight extensible dependency injection container with support for constructor, property, and method call injection. 
  • White - Automate windows applications

And as for 2009?

We’re waiting to hear your feedback! Let us know what we can do.

Comments (8)
  1. Over on the CodePlex blog , I just posted the stats for the year in review. Here’s a sneak peek: Site

  2. Kudos for all the work you and your team did in 2008. You forgot one really great, but invisible feature which is awesome performance enhancements as well as superb stability. While this one isn’t as sexy, it sure shows that Codeplex isn’t just a tool made for fun – it’s something MS takes seriously.

    Keep it up in 2009!

  3. wong says:

    im new here, but its too good this stuff… keep it up

  4. SoulSolutions says:

    "Silverlight hosting"

    tell me more, last I looked you had to host the xap on another server and still I couldn’t get it to work for DeepEarth as it seemed to be inserting the V1 object 🙁

  5. saraford says:

    @SoulSolutions What’s the URL you’re using? We suggest using for free hosting.



  6. CodePlex is a good community site for developers to find components. Keep up the good work!

    For 2009, my top 1 feature would be: Add an extra RSS feed that contains only the releases of a project.

    An "Releases" feed already exists, but I would like to subscribe only to items marked as "Released *". I don’t need the "Updated Release *" and "Created Release *" items.

    I am subscribed to a lot of CodePlex RSS feeds, having that extra filtered "Releases" feed would shrink my new RSS items per day by avg 50%.

  7. saeedneamati says:

    Hey guys. I’m a newcomer, but I’ll become one of you very soon. Seeing such a boom in CodePlex is a good news of "one-in-a-million" kind. Become successful, and stay successful.

  8. Stoneman says:

    It is great to see the growth for CodePlex. I am sure that 2009 will see even stronger stats.

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