June 27, 2006 12:01 AM PDT

Microsoft to launch code-sharing site

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Microsoft on Tuesday is expected to officially launch a community-building Web site where it will share code with developers.

The CodePlex site will be a venue for Microsoft to provide programmers with tools available under its Shared Source licenses. These licenses allow people to view the source code of products, the software giant said.

The site, which had been in beta testing, is meant to foster more interaction between Microsoft and programmers with technical information and software, it added.

Popular products already available on the site include Microsoft's Atlas Control Toolkit and Iron Python beta 1.

The launch of the code-sharing site is one of several moves Microsoft is making to adjust to the growing popularity of open-source software and development practices.

By making the code to their tools available, software vendors hope to entice developers to become familiar with the products and, potentially, purchase more functional versions or buy support.

CodePlex was built using Microsoft's collaborative development product, called Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server.

 

Correction: This story misidentified one of the products available on the CodePlex Web site. It is Microsoft's Atlas Control Toolkit.

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Yeak Right!
First MS states that they can't understand why
anybody would right open-source software...
then they launch their own web site for doing
exactly that!! I guess most people have short
attention spans and would not remember anyway.

I don't think MS can embrace and extend the
free and open-source movement. It is about
freedom and choice, which is contrary to their
business model.
Posted by Johnny Mnemonic (374 comments )
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We are Micro$oft Prepare to be assimilated!
You just know that this is another Microsoft ploy. If you cant
defeat the OS competition using F.U.D., then pretend to join the
OS with a Windoze only version of OS. Go to
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.opensource.org/" target="_newWindow">http://www.opensource.org/</a> to read the real OS definition and
decide for yourself if MS meets this definition.

There will be all kinds of strings attached to anything MS does.
Bottom line, what requirements are there from MS to use their
Free development packets? All MS licenses are subject to
change at a moments notice. All to fuel MSs bottom line.
Posted by fastdodge (32 comments )
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MS must focus certain complimentary tools and software free and keep onto provide such tools as PHP developers get easily.........Market trends are changing and MS must change its attitude now to compete in the market.......Asp.Net is going down in Web Application Development and MS has to do something to uplift it back......and if required why not getting a bit flexible....
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