Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Fx 4 Available

This is exciting!  Today, VS2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4 is available for MSDN subscribers.  For more information on VS2010, visit the Visual Studio home page.   If you’re not an MSDN subscriber, general availability is October 21st.  Also, and more importantly, the official launch date:  March 22nd, 2010.   Mark your calendars! Also, MSDN has received a bit of a makeover, so check it out while downloading.  You may have noticed a few SKU changes with VS/MSDN – I don’t have all the details yet, but it looks like Visual Studio with MSDN will have three main SKUs: · Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN is the comprehensive suite of application lifecycle management tools for teams to ensure quality results from design to deployment. · Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN is a complete toolset for developers to deliver scalable, high quality applications. · Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN is the essential tool for basic development tasks to allow developers to implement their ideas easily. More to come on this soon.

Hits Per Day … Better Ranking?

I promised awhile ago that I’d revamp the Worldmaps ranking system – classically, Worldmap Rank was always based off of total hits.  While this rewarded longer-term usage, it made newcomers have virtually no chance of catching up and competing unless they owned a high volume site.  The other problem with total hits was “rank parking” – that is, a website hits with a lot of volume, then either stops using the service, or pings it infrequently.   There are two phases in coming up with a better rank – one is deciding what would be ideal, and the other is deciding if the technical implementation is feasible given the constraints of the current system.  (Worldmaps doesn’t store each hit like a log file, for example, so data is aggregated to extrapolate various metrics that you see on the stats pages.)  The first go around was to do hits per day.  This metric (as you can see below) is nice because suddenly, even day 1 users are in the competition: It makes things more interesting.  The problem with using both Total Hits and Hits Per Day is that neither is necessarily that compelling of a metric.  (For those that have done web analytics in the past, you know that total website hits is hardly meaningful.)  There’s nothing to stop someone from putting 100 image tags on their site, for example, so 1 hit registers as 100.  (Though, that’s against the TOS.  I think.  If not it will be! :)) The problem with Hits Per Day is that the value is averaged out.  Suppose you have a site where your volume over a period of 4 months increases substantially.  If all you cared about was rank, you’d be better suited to delete and recreate the map account to get ranking higher.  Then I thought about World Domination.  Let’s face it, it’s the coolest stat Worldmaps has.  But, is it the right one to use to determine rank?   I’m not so sure.  The only other solution is a compound metric … such as World Domination * Hits Per Day or something similar – that would still give the edge to traffic, but reaching out globally would impact that perhaps significantly.   (A compound stat is a bit harder, given the schema, to work in.) Any suggestions?

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