John Kaster

Behind the Screen

Recent improvements on the Developer Network

with 5 comments

This is a quick post to point out some cool new features on the Developer Network.

Find everything you’re looking for, fast!

We recently launched a major upgrade to our search engine. In addition to all the features you’d expect from a robust search engine, it also adds support for searching for specific source code snippets in articles and on CodeCentral (QualityCentral attachments will be indexed soon as well). We even have a “SearchInsight” feature to provide suggestions while you type in your search string. Read Unified search theory for more information. If you would like to learn how to do something similar for your own applications, read the article Implementing a Lucene search engine.

Stay current with more member services

We raised the visibility of our links in member services, and also simplified the login form. Our new member services includes direct links to your specific registered user downloads, your personal discussion forums page, your personal QualityCentral page, and improved UI for our other membership services.

Always know what’s happening on the Developer Network

Whenever we introduce new features or services on the Developer Network, we do our best to document them in a timely fashion. There are many features available to you, and the list is constantly growing. The best place to learn about the services available is the Developer Network Help section. You can also subscribe to our news feeds, which are available on every Developer Network page, so you can get as specific as you want for news alerts. You can even subscribe to custom search results.

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Written by John Kaster

October 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Posted in EDN, IT Industry

5 Responses

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  1. Two things about your improved login page:

    1) The CodeGear login page is the only website on the whole Internet that has a Cookie Duration field. Why?

    2) The “Email Password” button actually emails me my unencrypted full password…… This fully deserves a WTF entry. Please, secure and hash your customers passwords.

    Jan Derk

    October 14, 2008 at 5:33 am

  2. 1) Because we like to allow our customers to have that control if they choose to have it. They don’t HAVE to change the value.

    2) We’ll be replacing the current password reminder system with a password resetting system. At that time, passwords will no longer be available unencrypted. FWIW, we have never had a valid report of someone losing control of their account because of our current implementation. User error and loss of password are the primary issues people face. You make the current implementation sound much more dire than it is.

    John Kaster

    October 14, 2008 at 11:06 am

  3. John, I have te disagree with you about the current implementation of the password recovery mechanism. It is considered very uncivilized to know the passwords of your customers. I repeat, very very uncivilized. I had a discussion with Marc Hofmann about the same issue and to my suprise he didn’t understand the issues either. Think about it for a while and I am sure you will understand;)

    Ton Soontiens

    October 19, 2008 at 5:48 am

  4. Ton,

    Thanks for your comments.

    As I said above, we’re already planning to replace the password recovery mechanism.

    John Kaster

    October 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

  5. John –
    It seemed there was some activity on the forums on the 19th. I’m at a loss as to why CodeGear doesn’t have a page about the crash. I realize this may not be the place for this. I’m just frustrated.
    Thanx,
    Mike

    Mike Reublin

    October 22, 2008 at 5:22 am


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