Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member


Recently, while working on my Windows Phone 7.5 book, I found the need to display a short URL to some specific documentation. I found that you could use to do this but the results were not very satisfying. In fact, if you take a typical documentation ID (e.g. “ff402535”), you can simply do this:

This works but takes you to a simple page that reformats the topic instead of the full MSDN documentation. I didn’t like that solution so I registered With this new address you can do the same thing:

This is a simple redirect to the full documentation. Just take whatever MSDN documentation and look at the URL:


Take that ID and use it the new address.  Let me know what you think!