A Whidbey Wiki?

There's a fair amount of interest in wikis in the Developer Division.  Several of us have been bouncing ideas around for where we could experiment with wikis in our interactions with people outside the company.  I wanted to put one idea out and see if there's interest (or if it Just Happens :-)) - a Whidbey wiki along the lines of Wikipedia only focused on the Whidbey release.  I can see it starting as a simple dictionary/glossary, describing terms or new features, but it could expand in a lot of ways - detailed descriptions of how things work under-the-covers, some higher-level explanation of the user scenarios Whidbey enables (including gaps/issues in those scenarios).  I would expect a significant portion of the content would come from the community, but I know there would be numerous people inside MS contributing as well (and I would encourage the rest). 

Would people see value in this?  Is there anyone out there who is eager to put this infrastructure in place?  If so I'd love to work with you to make this successful.  There is the potential for making this happen inside the company, but lots of people get involved, they have (legitimate) concerns about things like vandalism, there are questions about whether wiki is the best approach, etc..  Your feedback will be helpful in figuring out how much energy to spend on this, and maybe it will come from the community instead - like pdcbloggers or longhornblogs. 

Comments (6)

  1. Scott says:

    I had started this (http://aspnetv2wiki.scottwater.com/) and would be willing to host it, but I have not had time to promote or really get it going.


  2. Travis Chase says:

    I think this is a great idea. I love the Wiki format. This would give the ability for developers outside Microsoft to add information without toting the company line.

  3. Chris Garty says:

    This is a wonderful idea for creating an emerging resource. It could become many things at once; a living FAQ resource, a source of links to articles, and a point of reference out to the wider community with references to blogs and websites. It would also be great for storing asynchronous creator-user conversations for others to see.

    You can always have an ‘editor’ screen the posts and revert versions if you are worried about ‘wiki spam’.

  4. Robert says:

    Scott’s site seems very focused on ASP.NET. What we need is a general purpose Visual Studio Whidbey wiki. Personally I consider the application development side far more interesting than ASP.

  5. Amr Essam says:

    I develop with both C# and VB.NET, but I like VB.NET to be better because I am old VB developer.

    I just installed VS.NET 2005 (Technology Preview), and this my prompt feedback


    I surprised that I found productive feature in C# and not

    in VB.NET, this features:

    1) Refactoring

    I tried Refactoring in C#, It is really very productive


    2) IntelliSense/Auto Completion (Keywords)

    Now only in C# debugger feel the Language keywords like

    (private, public, foreach …), and auto complete it to


    However VB.NET have longer Keywords such as (MustInherit,



    I dreamt that I can find these features in VS.NET, but

    unfortunately I frustrated when I found this feature in C#

    not VB.NET 🙁

    Microsoft always say that it concentrate on Productivity

    features in VB.NET, How does VB.NET 2005 lack these

    very productive features ?!

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Amr Essam


    Consultant & Team Lead


    Dallas, Texas


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