Does anybody know the logic behind (a.) Microsoft maintaining a clumsy duplicate of the MSDN Library by the name "Windows Dev Center" and (b.) why Google turns up these awful results links now?
The traditional MSDN pages have their disadvantages, but at least the navigation tree at the left is useful compared to the flat "list of peers" that replaces the tree in "Dev Center."
The traditional pages are also readable instead of having that Windows 7 washed out colors theme used by the Dev Center.
Compare and contrast with this example.
MSDN Library: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...90(VS.85).aspx
Dev Center: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...(v=vs.85).aspx
I hope you have your strongest reading glasses on.
This travesty seemed to rear its head first about the time Microsoft began preparing for the Win8-centric BUILD conference. To me it seems like another example of the Windows Entropy we're seeing with Phone 7 and Windows 8.
Not only are the traditional pages easier to read (can you say contrast?), but the treeview at the left makes it a whole lot easier to start by reading about a Property, then go find a Method you need to review, etc. etc. etc.
Why has the company so forsaken the notion of "user experience" in favor of fad and fashion? And has anybody found a trick that makes Google (or Bing, or...) return the good pages?