Kevin Downs paid my blog a visit yesterday to let everyone know that a new version of NDoc is in the works. Apparently he has also been receiving help from MS employees who deserve kudos for giving him some much needed information.
This makes me think that maybe the best thing we could do for non-MSFT tool developer is allow for a bit easier inside access. Maybe a new MVP classification? Also, congrats on the new baby.
I’ve re-posted his comment here for others to see.
As the main developer of NDoc 1.3 and the titular admin of the project, I thought I’d let you all know that NDoc is not dead. It is, to use an Australian reference, playing possum; alive but keeping very still so as not to attract too much attention!
There is an *alpha* release of a new version of NDoc for the v2.0 framework, although this is not in general circulation.
Originally I had planned to do a simple upgrade of NDoc 1.3, but this proved almost impossible. NDoc2 is, to all intents and purposes, a complete rewrite (a huge undertaking) and has taken far longer than I originally anticipated due to illness. I was forced to ‘go dark’ on this development because I was getting some fairly offensive emails *demanding* a new release, and I could not give a firm time-line due to the above mentioned illness.
At present I am taking a few weeks off as my wife had a baby a couple of weeks ago 🙂
I am planning to resume work soon, but in the meantime anyone interested can contact me at (kevin-at-kdowns-dot-com) add I will add them to my alpha testers mail list and direct them to where they can obtain a copy of the latest build…
To address the main topic, MS has been helping with the new version all be it indirectly. I have exchanged many emails with MS staff who have been very helpful in digging-out the obscure minutiae I needed to get some aspects working. Far more importantly, I received one of the MSDN subscription invites that MS gave the MVPs (my sincere thanks to Oleg Tkachenko) – trying to build software of this scale is hard work using C# Express! 🙂