CodePlex


Last month, we launched CodePlex – an extension of our Shared Source Initiative that provides a community portal for developers to actively participate in collaborative development projects.  CodePlex is the first web-based instance of Team Foundation Server, our recently launched collaboration tool that provides an environment where members of a software development team can work together to develop and share source code with each other.


 


Even though the site is still in beta, we’ve already seen tremendous interest and community excitement.  For example, when CodePlex went live in May, there were a total of 12 projects hosted on it.  This included the Atlas Control Toolkit, Visual Studio Power Toys from the Developer Division (here is my previous blog on this) and three external projects.  


 


Now there are about 40 projects on the site, with over half coming from the community.  We are seeing more each day from both Microsoft and the rest of the community.  The growth really shows the excitement around CodePlex and it will be interesting to see how this evolves.  The possibilities are endless – whether you’re a developer and you want a little feedback on your application or you are a part of a larger team that needs a venue to discuss and collaborate.


 


You have heard me talk about the importance of community in our development efforts and CodePlex is a perfect example of how working with the community helps us build better solutions.  This is another example of how everybody can benefit from the increased transparency.


 


Thanks to everyone who helped get CodePlex off the ground and make it a success – both my team and you all.


 


Namaste!

Comments (22)

  1. SBC says:

    I would like to suggest a life-cycle limit for inactive projects. E.g., 3-6 months of inactivity leads to a termination (& subsequent removal) of the development project. Otherwise, it’ll be like an unattended mortuary like SourceForge.

  2. Somasegar says:

    This is a good suggestion.  I will pass this on to the team.

    – somasegar

  3. Jack says:

    One of these days you guys are going to figure out this business is more than a marketing ploy. Renaming the framework indeed!

    You’re so out of touch with developers it’s not even funny. I’ve watched a lot of big tech companies fall over these last 20 years and you’re next.

    Keep it up. Raise the licensing fees, rename things till your heart’s content, change the rules midstream, steal all you can from opensource and contribute nothing.

    I’ll be laughing when you fall.

  4. OpenSore says:

    Hey Jack –

    You may like opensore projects but your landlord (or your mortgage company) doesn’t!

    There is no such thing as free lunch nor free beer. Wait till they foreclose on your property buddy.

    Grow up and get a real job and keep your hands of my stack!

  5. Sandy Khaund says:

    We have been thinking along the same lines and we have heard similar sentiments from many customers, who tell us it’s more about quality rather than quantity.  There is a thread on the CodePlex site about that same issue.

    http://www.codeplex.com/Project/DisplayThread.aspx?ProjectName=CodePlex&ForumId=34&ThreadId=203

  6. hB says:

    I partially agree with Jack.

    Jack:

    "One of these days you guys are going to figure out this business is more than a marketing ploy. Renaming the framework indeed!"

    Right, but you/M$ guys will evolve. They go on.

    "You’re so out of touch with developers it’s not even funny."

    Partially yes. But they are pretty much in touch with Microsoft Technologies based developer communities.

    The thing is MS/They want to increase thier horizon, then need to work united and keep everybody’s interest intact.

    Rather, improve SourceForge (And like), have your DoT Net speciallities over there, at least try / think to collaborate.

    EX: See, digg , slashdot. Dont just try creating yet another of your own.

    "I’ve watched a lot of big tech companies fall over these last 20 years and you’re next."

    I do not want this happen to Microsoft, and chances are not much.

    "Keep it up. Raise the licensing fees, rename things till your heart’s content, change the rules midstream, steal all you can from opensource and contribute nothing."

    Right, but I beleive they/ms are contributing little bit.

    "I’ll be laughing when you fall."

    I do not laugh, on fall of anyone/community/…

    None of us should.

  7. Yanesh Tyagi says:

    OpenSore and  Sandy Khaund

    Things should be open sourced (free) for the developer community. You may charge a licence fees for the profit-making use of your product. But for developer community, who need to learn the technology, it should not involve any cost.

    And also I have seen many open source companies making big profits. I don’t want to name them here but today they are a big threat for MS itself.

  8. OpenSore says:

    Yanesh –

    There are numerous free learning entities for the new & budding developer – Codeplex, CodeProject, MSDN, VS Express,  etc.. etc..

    "Opensore" is just another business model – how they make their money (& pay their rents/mortgages) is their concern & business.

    I don’t think things SHOULD BE free – it is the product-maker/developer’s freedom to decide what should be free and what should not, and that decision is his/her’s alone.

    Linus T (Linux "creator") is a multi-millionaire. Opensore is a business model like any other.

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