Monday, June 01, 2009

Announcement: Help Server 2.0

Hi everyone! We're glad to announce we're ready to release Help Server v2.0. This will happen on this week.

What's new:
- Full .HxS format support
- Lucene.Net based full-text search
- Faster startup. Full-text and keyword indexes are built in background now.
- Improved Index tab
- New URL-based query APIs: now you can invoke full-text search and index lookup using special URLs. Both these features are designed to integrate your class reference with conceptual description, manual or Wiki. Check out how index lookup works at

Note: is running on one week old build. We're aware there are some issues. In particular:
- Many pages aren't covered by full-text search
- Index lookup doesn't open the queried page. It should do this, if there is just one candidate.

Certainly these issues will be resolved before release.


  1. Hi Alex!

    This looks great and interesting!

    I have two questions:
    1. Does it support Mono under Linux or do you use Windows components? My web server is a Linux virtual server...
    2. Can HTTP caching be improved? CSS, JS and GIF files are always retrieved from the server.
    3. It would be great if you remove all MSHelp-speciic stuff from the output. It makes files uselessly large.

  2. 1. No, it runs only on Windows. But if you need, we can host your help on our own hosting for free. Contact us for details.
    2. To be fixed. Actually any content must be cacheable.
    3. We'll study this.