I'm a bit overwhelmed by the response I got on SharpReader... I posted it about 24 hours ago, and already have 17 comments, 24 trackbacks and 17 emails. SharpReader's threading functionality works like a charm to show all the responses in the feeds I'm reading, and for those I do not subscribe to, feedster reports 47 hits when searching for SharpReader.

I received a few minor bug-reports, but such was to be expected with a first public beta release. Since the likes of Don, Ingo, Sam and many more like them have downloaded SharpReader (and seem to like it), I guess my weblog audience has expanded to a level that might be able to help solve some of the mysteries of .NET for a relative newbie like myself.

Thanks to everybody for their feedback, positive comments and bug reports. If you have any feature requests of things you would like to see added to SharpReader, please don't hesitate to drop me a line at sharpreader-at-hutteman-dot-com.

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Great job! Talk about making a splash...

I've got feature requests too... :)

Posted by Harry at April 7, 2003 12:52 AM

Great tool. Massively useful. I haven't tried the other RSS aggregators out there, but I find SharpReader very useful. It's like, how did we ever read other peoples web logs without a tool like this? Reading them via browser bookmarks seems like such a waste of time now.

You changed the world. Thanks!


Posted by Scott Duffy at April 7, 2003 2:12 AM

Feature Request:

Like Beaver, Have back and forward buttons on the integrated browser, they are massively handy!

Also, you gonna open source this thing? :) I'd love to hack on it!

Posted by Mark Allanson at April 7, 2003 4:56 AM

I have a feature request or two that I mention on

I'll second Mark's question: Are you going to open source this thing? :) I'd love to hack on it too!


Posted by Jeff at April 7, 2003 12:30 PM

Nice Work! I Like the fact that you kept it simple..

Posted by Amber Star at April 7, 2003 3:39 PM

SharpReader wows the world!
SharpReader wows the world!

Trackback from Brenton House's .NET Blog at April 7, 2003 3:49 PM

Nice work.

I think Newsgator is on the bench for a long while.

Posted by Kevin at April 7, 2003 3:55 PM

I'd like to see the following added:

1. Search.
2. The consolidation of the news feeds is really cool; however, I would like to see some way to only show (toggle) what's new instead of having to go through the whole list.
3. Web-Parse engine (similar to Syndirella) so we can scrape news off of sites that don't support RSS.
4. Archiving support.

Bugs / Annoyances:

It's already been reported I'm sure, but you should be able to drag an item to a folder... not to one of the items in the folder.

The threading is really really cool; however, it's currently possible to get into an infinate thread loop. I'm sure this can be solved somehow.


So far, I'm very impressed with what you done with this. Keep up the excellent work.

Posted by Cory Smith at April 7, 2003 4:27 PM


Trackback from VB Defender at April 7, 2003 4:45 PM

Another Bug:

You can't shut down XP while SharpReader is running.. im not sure if this is a sharpreader or .NET thing.

Posted by Mark Allanson at April 7, 2003 7:54 PM

SharpReader has two features I'd like to see NetNewsWire add: paned browser and locked articles.

It also has one interface bug I'd like to see fixed: Moving articles around in the feed list is very.. touchy. At one point I had to delete a folder and start over because I create a situation where I *could not* get the folder to go somewhere. Articles displace each other weirdly, and it's kind of flashy.

The rest of it is awesome.

Ah: I'd like to be able to use a view that "hides" previously-read articles, so I don't have to scroll through a thousand articles to find the new message.

You should check out my feed list at; your news reader is the first, on the Windows platform, that's used very little RAM. 48MB for this list is impressive; I took out NewzGator after it hit 760MB and swapped out.

It's a fun stress tester, at least. I developed it with NNW, which is awesome. Now I've got a Windows reader that compares with NNW. You're doing great, lad :)

Posted by Richard Soderberg at April 10, 2003 5:38 PM
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