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MicroStation Programming community information

Currently, there are a number of places where Bentley Developer Network subscribers and third-party developers who use MDL, native code, or VBA to create customizations with MicroStation-based products can go to get answers to development questions. These include:

The number of choices has led to some confusion as to where to post inquiries, and since communities exist for context-specific topics (e.g. MicroStation Visualization, ProjectWise Programming, Geospatial Programming, etc.), it makes sense to have a “MicroStation Programming” community and rationalize the various options into one. There is existing content that has some value, so to retain that while starting anew, this is what is being proposed:

  • Create a “MicroStation Programming” community that has a forum, blog, wiki, and file area
  • “Move” all existing MicroStation … Programming and MicroStation … VBA community applications (e.g. forums, wikis, etc.) into the respective “MicroStation Programming” community application. The result would be things like the current MicroStation V8i Programming Forum and MicroStation V8i VBA Forum (among the other ones identified above) being “sub-forums” under the “MicroStation Programming Forum”. This would be similar for the MicroStation-programming blogs, wikis, and file areas.
  • Post an announcement note in each “old” sub-forums identifying that it is read-only and direct members to where they can go to post questions.
  • Make the “old” forums read-only.
  • Post a “best practice” announcement (i.e. always appearing at the top of the thread stack) in the “MicroStation Programming Forum” asking members to include some form of brief identification in the thread subject that lets others know the MicroStation release and programming language being used without having to open the thread (e.g. [V8i C++]..., [V8i VBA]..., [XM C]..., etc.)

It is anticipated that all this can be done in a relatively short amount of time -- maybe an hour or two, at most. We are looking at doing this over the June 16/17 weekend. We just wanted to provide some advance notice of this upcoming activity.

  • This maintenance is now done. The following forums:

    • MicroStation V8i Programming Forum
    • MicroStation V8i VBA Forum
    • MicroStation V8 XM Edition Programming Forum
    • MicroStation V8 XM Edition VBA Forum
    • MicroStation V8 2004 Edition Programming Forum
    • MicroStation V8 2004 Edition VBA Forum

    are archived in read-only mode, meaning you cannot create new threads or post replies to previous threads in them (however, you can still search them to find information from past discussions). Topics originally intended for any of those forums should now be posted in the most applicable community forum identified below:

    MicroStation Programming: For discussions, ideas, and other information about developing with MicroStation development tools, any MicroStation SDK, and MicroStation VBA.

    ProjectWise Programming: For discussions, ideas, and other information about developing with any ProjectWise API or SDK.

    Geospatial Programming: For discussions, ideas, and other information about developing with any Geospatial API, SDK, and toolkit.

    Before starting a new thread, please refer to the MicroStation Programming forum best practices. Also, please include the following in your post:

    • The version (i.e. v##.##.##.##) of the Bentley product(s) you are using
    • The operating system (including service packs) that you are using on your workstation
    • The basic hardware configuration for the workstation you are using (e.g. CPU, RAM, graphics card, etc.)

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  • Is there an updated version to this?  when i click the MicroStation Programming link i get a message that the page cant be found 

  • Steven, here is the Programming homepage: 

    Here is the MicroStation Programming community: 


    Jesse Dringoli
    Technical Support Manager, OpenFlows
    Bentley Communities Site Administrator
    Bentley Systems, Inc.

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