Windows Developer News for the week of Aug. 20th, 2010

This was a heck of a week for the Windows Developer Center.  In summary:

I shared an update to the browsable list of Windows Programming Topics with pivot tables in the excel spreadsheet.  This list of topics, which was produced for the Windows Developer Center by Patterns and Practices, covers thousands of hot spots where programmers encounter problems that prevent them from being able to get the work done that they want while programming for Windows.

After a meeting with some experts from the Windows power management team, I determined that we really should have a  power management learning path on the Windows developer center.  We worked out some topics that are key for Windows programmers to learn and then took the gathered collection of resources in one place on the developer center. Check out the Windows Power Management learning path here. Experts from the Windows power management team also will be answering questions in the Power Management Forums, so make sure you take advantage of that!

James Fung, an expert from Nvidia, was featured on Wednesday on Channel 9.  His lecture, Direct Compute 250: Integration with the Graphics Pipeline, has been propped to the front page and he will be answering questions about DirectCompute. Go ahead and put up any DirectCompute questions you have right in the comments on the video.

We reorgainzed the Download the Windows SDK page to make it much less cluttered with content.  We also updated the page for How to write a Windows Application with Hilo, the start developing with Windows, and Windows Programming with C++ starting points for developers who are new to Windows programming.

We launched the second wave of Hilo today, the Hilo Annotator App.  The sample code for the Hilo Annotator is on Code Gallery and the first article on MSDN, Hilo Chapter 9: the Hilo Annotator, are now published. The Hilo Annotator application lets you browse, annotate, and share images.  It shows off development using the Windows Ribbon and other Windows features, so it's a must see for all levels of programmers who are looking to see some good Windows 7 code being used in practice.

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