It’s hard to believe that nearly two months have already passed since opening the doors on the Username Availability Validator project. I made a few mistakes in how I ran the project, but I’m happy with the overall outcome.
However, one thing that disappointed me throughout the entire contest was how slow CodePlex can be. Even as the single person most invested in the success of the project, I often found myself leaving the site in the middle of tasks, unwilling to endure the slowness. What’s worse, I also found myself procrastinating to avoid returning to CodePlex and dealing with these waits.
I’m not one to complain without offering some constructive criticism though. Especially since we’re talking about a completely free service.
I think the lesson to be learned here is something that many ASP.NET developers could benefit from. So, I’d like to take a look at one ASP.NET AJAX related inefficiency that I found on CodePlex and one potential alternative to it.