PreEmptive Solutions is bringing application monitoring to Microsoft's CodePlex open-source software Website.
In a May 12 announcement, PreEmptive said its Runtime Intelligence Service will publish application and feature usage statistics for Microsoft's CodePlex open source hosting service. PreEmptive is a provider of technologies to measure, manage, and protect applications, such as Dotfuscator -- which is perhaps the company's best-known product.
With the addition of PreEmptive's Runtime Intelligence Service, open-source developers visiting the CodePlex site will gain the ability to see how applications on the site are performing in the real world, helping them decide if they want to use a particular application.
PreEmptive officials said developers 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.
"Developers always want reliable data on how their applications are performing in the wild," said Jonathan Wanagel, senior development manager of Server and Tools Online at Microsoft, in a statement. "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."
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 at www.codeplex.com.
"The CodePlex team has truly raised the bar on what open source developers and end users should expect from their hosting platforms," said Gabriel Torok, president of PreEmptive Solutions, in a statement. "We are proud that Dotfuscator and the Runtime Intelligence Service are a part of this solution."
Dotfuscator injects all of this functionality into compiled assemblies.