PreEmptive Solutions has announced that its Runtime Intelligence Service can now publish application and feature use statistics for CodePlex, Microsoft's open source hosting service. Developers can use Runtime Intelligence to improve user experience, validate usage assumptions, and improve the overall quality of their applications. Potential users of these applications can use Runtime Intelligence to better identify which applications are being used most often and even what features are most popular.
With the release of the latest version of the CodePlex site on May 6, 2010, developers can inject application monitoring technology into their applications using Dotfuscator (either the Community Edition included with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 or the commercial edition licensed by PreEmptive). The instrumented applications stream usage data to PreEmptive Solutions Runtime Intelligence Portal where it is then integrated into, and published by, the CodePlex website.
"Developers always want reliable data on how their applications are performing in the wild," said Microsoft's Jonathan Wanagel. "The truly unique dimension that publishing this kind of information to an open-source community brings is that now potential users will have the same degree of visibility and that will help to drive adoption of quality open-source applications."
Dotfuscator injects all of this functionality into compiled assemblies and that means that both existing and future projects can take advantage of this service immediately. In fact, within the first 48 hours that this service was available, nine distinct development projects updated and distributed their applications and are already publishing runtime intelligence data for all to see.