Microsoft launches site to share reusable code

Microsoft yesterday announced the release of a free online library of reusable Microsoft or third party code, available immediately for use by developers.

Called the Code Librarian Update, the service will host any Microsoft Office or Visual Basic for Applications-enabled application, Microsoft said in a statement.

Developers can use the service by downloading code and dragging and dropping it into any Office-enabled application. The site, updated monthly, is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/officedev/downloads/codelibrarian.asp.

The service is an expanded Web-based version of the Code Librarian, a feature of Microsoft Office 2000 Developer that offered a database of pre-written code, Microsoft said.

Microsoft Visio 2000 today posted more than 100 functions with the service, to be used by developers with Visio and with integration with Office 2000, Microsoft said.

One analyst said the service will be useful and will draw much attention. However, the Oracle Technology Network for reusable code, introduced late last year, has already become a popular service with developers because it is offering sophisticated development tools, Tony Picardi, an analyst with International Data Corp. (IDC), said.

"It sounds like Microsoft is trying to drive more eyes to their portal," Picardi said.

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