August 12, 2008

CodeGear New (Beta) Newsgroups

CodeGear newsgroups have had many troubles, so that the company is accelerating the move to the a new version. I'm updating my "newswhat" front-end web sites.

CodeGear newsgroups have had many troubles, over the last few days. I was about to write "are dead" but noticed that in this very moment they do respond.

The company is accelerating the move to the a new version (currently in beta, as you can read here), featuring a merged NTTP interface and Web interface. Login will be integrated with the general Developer Network login, which is very positive. Only logged users will be allowed to post messages. There are a few elements puzzling me. In the past I offered them my Delphi / InterBase solution, but they've gone into the Java / BlackFish SQL direction. I think my approach was more performant and scalable, but might be wrong.

In any case, even if the web interface is nice, I still find it suboptimal, so for the time being I'll update my "newswhat" front-end web sites. The current "beta" on my site is at the site ( will follow). You can find it at:

There are still issues with references among articles, some links are lost and other artificial links are created. There are apparently messages that hook to non-existing message, and the like. I'll wait to see if anything changes in CodeGear implementation before applying the due fixes on my side.

Let me know if you feel this is valuable or I should (in your opinion) drop all "newswhat" development (which has been really in the background over the last couple of years) and redirect users (generating thousand of daily hits) to the new CodeGear forum...



CodeGear New Beta Newsgroups 

Hi Marco,
Keep them alive, i find them very valuable not only 
for Delphi, but also for .NET/C#.
One extra handy option, in the beta version, could be 
the possibilty to expand a complete discussion at 
once. (Open up all the messages)

Keep it up!
Comment by Roland [] on August 12, 12:25

CodeGear New Beta Newsgroups 

Hi Marco,

I was wondering why you thought your approach was more
performant and scalable ?

Comment by John Moshakis [] on August 12, 18:29

CodeGear New Beta Newsgroups 

I'll add my vote to Roland; I hope you continue
development of Newswhat.

Right now the beta interface seems a bit clunky, and
my two attempts to login were not successful -- should
I need a new and different account?

But assuming you get things working like they were
again, or, even better, make the improvements you're
hoping to make, count me in!
Comment by Rick Carter [] on August 21, 06:22

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