So, since I’ve been quite active on the MSDN forum site lately (mainly the WCF forum) there is a growing list of issues / features / quirks I am starting to get familiar with.
Well, that was a short rant about the some of the shortcomings of the existing forum site, where the WCF forum currently reside. They will hopefully migrate it *very soon now* :-) .
The new forum site looks promising – a bit Web2.0ish with features like auto-update when new things are posted etc.
Since I’m anticipating the new forum, I came to think of a nice-to-have tool that I have looked for before; an offline client (like a NNTP news reader) for the MSDN Forum. Last time I checked, there was none, but a quick search now revealed a relatively new CodePlex project; MSDN Forums Client.
It is still in the planning phase, so the only releases available on the project site is document describing the project scope and a draft for the requirements document. I’ve read through the documents, and the first thing that strikes me is the resemblance of Outlook Express / Windows Mail (something that I notice other people have mentioned on the front-page discussion as well).
Even tough I like the idea of an open project with available source code on CodePlex, why don’t they rather extend their existing NNTP client ( a.k.a. a part of the functionality in O.E / W.M) with some forum-specific functionality?
There hasn’t been any activity on the project since April, so for now, I think I’m adding the project’s news feed to my blog roll and wait for some real action / CTP / source code.