Claimspace: Against a Well-designed Reputation System

Clay Shirky recently published a post on Corante, entitled “Against Well-designed Reputation Systems (An Argument for Community Patent)” that I’ve been meaning to respond to, for awhile. His thesis, which I agree with wholeheartedly if I understand it correctly, can be summed up as ‘Don’t do it. Don’t even think about doing it.’ Clay, rather than respond to…


Claimspace, a Long Tail Recognition System

Robert Rebholz is not only my boss*, he is also my muse, ideological sparring partner, alter ego, and mentor. Bob is possesed by a special kind of genius, with a sort of Jeffersonian breadth and intensity that makes it a pleasure and honor to collaborate with him, on a day-to-day basis. In my opinion, Bob is one of two people on…


Tagspace, Meet Claimspace

In early June, we will launch a new social software service for technical professionals called Claimspace (codename, “Rapport”), which will join Tagspace, Blogs, and Forums as the newest member of the Microsoft.Community family. Our development lead, Doug, mentioned Claimspace a few weeks ago so I figured I’d follow up. Tagspace enables you to say, ‘I…


Web Access for Visual Studio Team System

Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, Brian Harry follows up on his recent announcement about Microsoft’s acquisition of of devBiz, developers of TeamPlain Web Access for VSTS. Brian heads up our Visual Studio Team Foundation development team, based in Raleigh, NC. Note that TeamPlain is unrelated to Teamprise, which to quote Jim Newkirk, recently “announced a complimentary license of the Teamprise client suite for…


"Tagspace" Beta

AJAX vs. Atlas ASP.NET Atlas ATOM C# C++ CodePlex coolgadgets database Dave Morehouse FoxPro Huong Nguyen J# LINQ Marshall Lin MSO .NET .NET2.0 PERL.NET Rapport REST RESTful RSS Ruby Sharepoint socialsoftware tagging Tagspace Taylor Parsons VB.NET VFP Vista VS2005 VSTS WikiWiki  Win64  Windows Mobile  Zune Hacks ————————————— During a week in which Microsoft announced a virtual TIDAL WAVE of blockbuster product releases (ya know, Vista, Office, LiveID, et al), my small team quietly launched the public Beta of…


ActionPack for Your DAL: It’s Slicker Than Hot Poi

My good buddy Rob Connery, of Commerce Starter Kit fame, has started a groovy new project on CodePlex called ASP.NET ActionPack. ActionPack consists of a set of ORM tools, code generation and dynamic query tools. Inspired by the magic of Ruby on Rails, ActionPack provides a BuildProvider that reads your database and creates all the objects (and strongly-typed…


CodePlex In the News

UNO: This just in: CodePlex on Channel9 DOS: When we first launched CodePlex, one of our most frequently asked questions was, “How open are you planning to be with regards to projects that might compete with Microsoft products or run on different platforms?” My response was always some variation of “Wait and see. Actions speak louder than words.”…


Visual Studio Team Foundation Server via Eclipse? Runs on UNIX, Mac, or Linux?

Are you excited about the potential benefits of migrating from your existing source control and bug tracking tools to Visual Studio Team System? Stymied by bureaucracy and organizational inertia? Common Scenario: different groups in your organization use different IDEs on different platforms. Some teams are using Eclipse on UNIX and others work on Macs. Your team uses…


Jumping Ship to the MS Serendipity

Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly apparent that CodePlex is pointed in the right direction, proceeding under its own [community-driven] power, and certain to achieve its destination, with or without a full time product manager: me. Cap’n Jim is firmly attached to the helm and he is supported by a motivated (read, non-mutinous) and talented crew, which…


Cmd Shell for Visual Studio: Released on CodePlex

This project is an awesome addition to the growing list of shared source software on “VSCmdShell provides users with a shell window inside the Visual Studio IDE that can be used for Visual Studio commands as well. Current version allows user to use either Windows Command Shell (cmd.exe) or Windows PowerShell.”