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Feb 12 2008   2:12PM GMT

MSDN Code Gallery — Yet another place to find stuff

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

Remember GotDotNet? Miss it?

Well, Microsoft has rolled out yet another place for programmers to post stuff. It’s called MSDN Code Gallery, and it was formally unveiled a couple weeks ago.

In a blog announcement, Soma Somasegar described it as “a portal for snippets, samples and other resources.” From the home page, programmers can browse the existing library or upload their own resources and, thus, add to the library. New releases and most popular releases are aggregated under separate headings on the bottom of the page.

We half-sarcastically call this “yet another place to find stuff” because it is not the first code and resource repository Microsoft has rolled out since it phased out GotDotNet. As Somasegar pointed out, there’s CodePlex, which is meant for live code projects, and there’s the Microsoft Download Center, which is for formal releases like SDKs and Service Packs.

In contrast, he said, “Code Gallery is a pure storage site with no project management capabilities.” Basically, it’s a place to share code you’ve written, with the hope that others in the community will benefit from it. We think folks will appreciate the egalitarianism — and, as the Shameless Plug Dept. tells us, the popularity of our own VBCode.com site suggests the same. In contrast, he said, “Code Gallery is a pure storage site with no project management capabilities.”

Basically, it’s a place to share code you’ve written, with the hope that others in the community will benefit from it. We think folks will appreciate the egalitarianism — and, as the Shameless Plug Dept. tells us, the popularity of our own VBCode.com site suggests the same.

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