CodePlex celebrates its 2nd birthday!

It seems like only recently, but is has been two years since we launched CodePlex.  We launched this in Summer 2006 as Microsoft’s open source project hosting site. Our goal was, and continues to be, to provide developers with the ability to collaborate on open source projects using the tools they are most familiar with.


Since launching, CodePlex has grown steadily, recently achieving two major milestones: 1,000,000 unique visitors/month and 5,000 total projects. CodePlex projects appeal to many audiences and include the AJAX Control Toolkit, Rawr (a .NET tool for World of Warcraft), and IronPython.


To give you a glimpse into some of the technology behind the site, CodePlex is built on Team Foundation Server. Specifically, seven TFS servers run more than 5,600 projects and cater to 12,000 project developers and 120,000 code check-ins.


Open source developers can use the Visual Studio Team Explorer client for free with CodePlex to get the full integrated development experience.  CodePlex also supports a wide range of other source control clients such as TortoiseSVN and TeamPrise to give users more flexibility and cross-platform access.


The key to CodePlex’s growth is the customer-focus of the CodePlex team.  Decisions on new features are made directly from onsite customer voting and have resulted recently in features such as Project Stats, Code Syntax Highlighting, and Rating and Reviews, which launched last week.





To find out more about what is happening with CodePlex, check out the CodePlex team blog.




Comments (15)

  1. Mark Gordon says:

    "Our goal was, and continues to be, to provide developers with the ability to collaborate on open source projects using the tools they are most familiar with"

    Why not publish the full open source of Visual FoxPro instead of the smoke and mirrors nonsense of sedna or the source for Visual Basic…  Microsoft and OpenSource is like using Rapid Application Development and Visual Studio in the same sentence.

    Soma don’t you think it is about time to blog about foxpro and Visual Basic…

    Best Regards,


  2. Mark Gordon says:

    Hi Soma

    Thanks for censoring my comments. I guess that is much easier then responding to the issues I’m raising… I see you are taking a lesson for scott gu.


  3. Soma posted on CodePlex , congrats to the team!

  4. Pete says:

    Haha, Mark again. You are really pathetic, always posting here about you long lost love Foxpro. You know, people who are in love with the ugliest girl in school usually keeps it for themselves.

    That’s some psyco-stuff.

    If you love it so much start your own Open Source-project. You seem to be an expert. I can see it: Mark’s Iron FireFoxPro Ultimate Psyce Edition.

  5. uditha says:


    Its really grate to have site like codeplex.

    thanks for all the efforts.


  6. Yesterday was an incredibly fun day for me. On the CodePlex team blog , I wrote down the Top 5 Myths

  7. que bárbaro!  mais de 5000 projetos opensource e 1M de visitantes únicos/mês!   você já

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  11. The Codeplex team let us know a month ago on the actual date 🙂 but since Soma blogged it , now everyone

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