In this article, I would like to tell you about CodePlex, an Open Source Project Community hosted by Microsoft. Open-source software is computer software that is available in source code form for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, and improve the software.
CodePlex allows developers to create new projects, join projects already in development, to use the applications created and provide feedback. Now, before you start thinking that this site is only for developers, let me tell you it is not (o.k., I will admit that I found this site looking for some C# code). This is a great place to find some really cool applications for the Windows platform. I have written several articles about the applications I have found here and keep finding more every time I stop by.
Here are some of the features of CodePlex:
- Source Code Control
- Project Discussions
- Wiki Pages
- Feature / Issue Tracking
- Release Downloads
- News Feed Aggregation
I encourage you to go over to CodePlex and take a look around. Maybe do a search or two. You might find a really cool app.