In 2008, CodePlex, Microsoft's open source project hosting web site, has more than doubled in terms on projects, visitors and usage!! Check out the statistics in CodePlex Weblog's post - CodePlex 2008 – A Year in Review by Sara Ford.
Last year there were 12 new releases of the CodePlex software and the latest one includes support for Silverlight. Yes, CodePlex now supports Silverlight. As a project owner, you can now put a Silverlight app on your project pages. Some weeks back, the DotNetNuke project moved to CodePlex and its Release 05.00.00 has already crossed 80K+ downloads!
SharePoint developer community has also done a great work and now there are a lot of SharePoint projects in Codeplex. Given below are some of my favorites:
- Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) - Podcasting solution developed on SharePoint Server 2007
- Community Kit for SharePoint - Set of best practices, templates, Web Parts, tools, and source code that enable practically anyone to create a community website based on SharePoint technology
- SmartTools for SharePoint - a collection of SharePoint extensions to make your life as a SharePoint user, developer or administrator a little bit easier
- SharePoint Governance and Manageability - Governance and manageability samples and tools designed to help IT Professionals
- Search Community Toolkit - tools and code samples that have been contributed to enhance the Microsoft search experience
- Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint - sample Silverlight web parts for SharePoint
- SharePoint Tool Basket - set of tools for SharePoint - Document Rating, Ajax enabled lookup field, Content Type Explorer, Feature Explorer, Audience to group convertor...
- SharePoint Learning Kit - a community-source eLearning tool that integrates with Learning Gateway
- SharePoint config store - provides the framework to be able to use a SharePoint list for application configuration values
- SharePoint 2007 Test Data Population Tool - capacity planning and performance testing tool that populates data for testing SharePoint deployments
- Useful SharePoint Designer Custom Workflow Activities - a set of custom workflow activities to make it easier to create advanced workflows using Sharepoint Designer
- SharePoint Access Checker Web Part - quickly check what objects within a SharePoint site hierarchy a user has access to
Do check these out.