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I've spent some of my time during the bus ride to/from the office experimenting with creating a flexible source control repository browser in WPF. I started this project as a learning exercise for myself and to address a particular need. As it stands today, I've managed to get far enough along that I've more-or-less accomplished my goals - and I'm not sure where I want to go with it next... :)
Thinking back a bit, this project started when I decided to see what it would be like to write my own standalone version control system (VCS) browser that worked with both Subversion and Team Foundation Server. You're probably wondering why (ignoring the educational benefits of such a thing) I would decide do this - well, the motivation actually came from two directions almost at once:
So as long as I was going to set off down my own path, I outlined a set of goals to make my project the perfect source control browser (for me, at least!). Specifically, my tool would be:
Like I said, I've been working on this off-and-on for a while now and what I've got is starting to suit my needs pretty well. In fact, I've been using it nearly every day for a couple of weeks! Of course, I've got a big TODO list of enhancements and features I'd like to add, but from the point of view of an interesting learning exercise and a solution to my original problems, I've kind of accomplished what I set out to do. So I'd consider this project a success even if I kept it to myself and continued refining things gradually over the coming months...
But I'm kind of curious if this is something of more general interest to the community:
If you've got an opinion on the matter, please leave a comment below or send me feedback - I'd love to hear from people like you!