Please, please, please post StructureMap questions to the list

Hey all, it’s your friendly neighborhood OSS project admin here.  I’m doing a craptastic job of answering StructureMap questions right now, but I’m trying.  Please send SM questions to the google group at rather than directly to me or through Twitter.  That gives me a chance at keeping things together (and somebody else might be quicker to answer questions).  It’s way too easy for me to let random tweets and email questions fall through the cracks.


Oh, and I guess I should admit that I *never* look at StackOverflow and tend to forget it even exists.  You’ll probably get better answers on the SM google group than StackOverflow.

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at
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  • Marc Gravell

    Re the whole stackoverflow thing – do you watch rss? You can watch for StructureMap questions at:

    I realise that you don’t necessarily *want* to do this, but it works well enough for some OSS that I maintain.

  • Chad Myers


    Please send your StructureMap usage license fee to Jeremy, and he’ll be happy to provide support for you wherever you are.

    In case anyone forgets, Jeremy does this in his spare time (even when he doesn’t have any) for no monetary compensation at all.

  • Gus
  • Phil

    I used to start with google groups (and before that Dejanews, and before that Usenet via nntp) anytime I needed to find the answer to a question or an example of some bit of code.

    Google groups/Usenet usage has been fading for the last few years, and I’ve resorted to simple google searches. More and more lately, the best answers I find from my simple google searches are from StackOverflow, including answers to questions about IOC and StructureMap.

    I absolutely think user groups are the best way to go, assuming people in the community are actively answering questions there (not just Jeremy). Activty seems to be spotty–my non-scientific test to see how many posts have only one message shows many posts without answers on the first and third page of the list (the second page oddly seems to be covered pretty well).

    Also, the Search This Group feature is completely broken in google groups. Go to the group and Search This Group for “greed”, which obviously has at least one hit from the first page alone. No results will be returned.

    All that said, I think a little participation from the SM community on SO would go a long way.

  • Darren

    that’s funny, i tend to remember that stackoverflow exists and that all product specific user groups that i would have to keep track of don’t exist. just like individual blogs don’t really exist but google reader does.

    while you may not check stack overflow, how many other users of your product DO check stack overflow and are also able to answer structuremap questions?

    i think the benefit of user groups have come and gone. if i had to guess, would the main reason you check the user group is that you get an email when someone posts to it?

  • Jeremy D. Miller


    Go for it.


  • Lance Fisher

    Thanks for the tip. I have a couple of unanswered StructureMap questions on StackOverflow. Is it cool if I post links to them on the Google group?