Dear Developer, get prepared for Windows 7 ;-)


the good news is: If you know Vista, you know the most about Windows 7. At least from a developer perspective. Several features burried inside of Vista are to be really used in Windows 7. So, no new driver model and stuff like this.

The good and bad news is: Well, there is some stuff new to come. Regarding the Taskbar etc.

I found the Windows 7 Developer Guide here which is for me the perfect entry as developer into Windows 7. Why? Because it lists the differences and what stays the way it was in a nice highlevel way. So it gives insides in what I have to expect and – this is the real good thing about it – it shows news that I might even not watched out for in the first place but might be of interest.

It has three chapters (Foundation, Experience and Web) worth reading. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea, what ever you prefer) and give yourself 15 minutes of reading.



Comments (1)
  1. Kevin Daly says:

    What bothers me is that there appears to be nothing at all for .NET developers – would it really kill Microsoft to at the very least provide a few managed wrappers?

    At PDC 2003 we were given a very clear message that apart from low-level drivers and the like, in future .NET would be the default development platform for Windows. Obviously that didn’t happen with Vista, and we more or less understood the reasons, but with Windows 7 Microsoft appears to have relegated .NET to web applications and a VB6-like ghetto for line-of-business apps…this is even more frustrating because with 3.5 SP1 .NET startup times are actually good enough at last to produce shrink-wrapped software – but the published material on Windows 7 gives no hint that anyone would even *consider* .NET to produce their application.

    I swear I’m one COM Interop exercise away from concluding that Objective C doesn’t look so bad after all.

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