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Well, Windows 7 is going to be released by the end of next year. This is great news, because it seemed, that Microsoft finally understand how to get the best of Windows Vista and make it to work not only on monster machines.
It even works on new brandy my wife’s pinky machine. And if it works there and my wife is happy with it, this OS going to be very impressive.
But from the other hand, we, as developers should be ready today to developer Windows 7 ready application (by the way, Vista Battery Saver works for Windows 7 as well as for Windows Vista, in spite of the fact, that power management in Windows 7 was improved dramatically). So let’s start!
First thing we need is to read big Windows 7 Developer Guide. This document will explain most of new features for developers to build applications right. What is includes?
Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 3.0
Basically, Windows 7 works with Vista drivers, however, hibernation, power management, networking, PREfast will work much better. You also will have new WMI access for reliability monitors and ACPI.
Management and deployment
By default Windows 7 uses PowerShell 2.0 and Windows Installer. For PowerShell it includes enhanced cmdlets to manage Active Directory, IIS, etc. For Windows Installer, you finally can build “chainers” by yourself (the same approach, used for latest deployment of Microsoft products such as Silverlight, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 etc.) Also, you can get advantage by using Windows Filtering Platform (Firewall) and User Account Control (UAC) from inside your application by using new APIs.
The most significant change in Windows 7 for end-user point of view is improved performance. Windows 7 kernel is much smaller, that kernel of Windows Vista. Also it uses specific patterns to decrease background activities on low power, based on system triggers. New user-mode and kernel-mode APIs are used by Windows Drivers Foundation much more efficiently. Also system services are much smarter. For example, DCIA starts only when you connect new hardware. After drivers were installed the service shuts down. The same approach used by domain join, GP changes, new IP fetching etc. Windows 7 knows to run and stop services, based on system events, which decreases average work load and enhances whole system performance.
Multi-touch gestures and Interia API and used interface in general
Yes, you can use this API for your applications. Finally we can have more, then just mouse. And it is not only about multiple mouse devices. We can use single finder panning, raw touch input data, internal multitouch ink recognition, which is also supports math. Also it uses build-in MathML export feature.
There are a lot of other enhancements, such as smart bars, windows’ stacking, gadget desktop (it does not eat battery as external process anymore), system ribbon menu integration. etc
Direct 11, new Direct2D, DirectWrite (we can turn text anti-aliasing for small fonts, hurrah!), improved WIC, DX/GDI interoperability on system level with automatic fallback for weak hardware (yes, you should not be worry about it anymore). Also new video and audio format support with human readable interfaces. Yes, no more DirectDraw hacks. We can use new high level interfaces such as MFPlay to manage playbacks, Source Reader for decoding, Sink Writer for transcoders and re-coding compressions.
Web and communication
WCF is inside, as well as distributed routing table for peer-to-peer operations. BranchCache – new technology to reduce WAN traffic and latency.
Also Windows 7 is compatible with OpenSearch (I told, that Microsoft does not know to build search engines). Sharepoint integration and environment sensors platform, that can be used either for desktop and web applications.
There are much more features, that makes Windows 7 to pretend to be very good operation system. If you want to learn more about all those Windows 7 new features, I highly advice you to download and read this document. It includes most of new features of new OS with explanations and screenshots to make your learn and understand what can your future application do with all those new features.
Have a nice day and be good people.
Download Windows 7 Developer Guide and start programming.
November 8th, 2008 · Comments (5)
Hi, folks. And thank you for reporting issues with WpfPerf Performance Profiling tool. Now it was fixed, so, download and use new and fixed version.
Keep reporting, as you can see, you have the power to change!
Imaginary by Malcolm Dare
October 10th, 2008 · Comments (3)
MSDN download center just published video catalogs, where you can find sample chapters of Total Training’s video series for Microsoft Expression studio. Worth to download and see. Here the breakdown by products
- Expression Blend 2 [Windows / Mac]
- Expression Encoder 2 [Windows / Mac]
- Expression Design 2 [Windows / Mac]
- Expression Media 2 [Windows / Mac]
- Expression Web 2 [Windows / Mac]
Also, if you are “in” Office development, it makes sense to take a look in to Data Connectivity Components for Office 2007 System. It can be used by non-Microsoft Office applications to read data from Office system files.
October 3rd, 2008 · Comments (2)
New version of outstanding Exchange synchronization tool for Nokia phones is out. There are no big changes, except heart beat implementation of ActiveSync and fixes to contacts mapping bug is there. The main feature of this version is, that it can now run on any S60 phone (including 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 devices), not only on E and N series. Full list of changes can be found here.
The bad news is, that Nokia MFE 2.7 still does not support inbox folders synchronization. This is the main feature missing in this great software. However, according the update rate, it should arrive soon.
September 26th, 2008 · Comments (2)
Finally, after a long time of silence, the new version of WPF Performance Profiling Tool is available for download for x32 and x64 OSs. So, what’s new there?
Ton of UI improvements for Visual Profiler
New search function to quick find elements in visual tree
Hot path (critical path) of CPU usage aside with CPU usage for single element
Configuration of tint for overlay windows
Live preview, ability to split columns, slider of graph duration, expanders to have cleaner screen and much much more
Perforator also got new UI and has history now.
There is new tool, named String allocation profiler
This tool is very useful for viewing and managing strings inside your application (another step toward normal localization support for WPF? Probably)
There are also some improvements in Event tracing tool. Select process for example
And much much more. Great thank to Josef and his team for this great work
September 25th, 2008 · Comments (10)
As you can, probably, understand. This tools is used to create and manage VS time savers – snippet files (introduced in VS2005)
This is great tool, that will help you a lot to save your time during regular everyday development. Any other word is unnecessary. Download, install and use it!
September 21st, 2008 · Comments (7)
Great thank (how will it be in Danish?) to Bjarke Istrup Pedersen for Danish translation of Vista Batter Saver.
If you would like to take a challenge and test new RC2, you can do it also (no locale yet). It includes additional functionality and dozen bugs fixes.
August 21st, 2008 · Comments (4)
Because of the new job, I’m bit tight in time, however, I found a time to post slides from my sessions in Expert Days. Also, hand-on labs used for WPF beginners’ released as open source to CodePlex for your convenience.
Have a nice day and be good people.
August 21st, 2008 · Comments (0)
Huge amount of people asked me about DataGrid control in WPF. There are some 3rd parties providing this control for free and not, However, I always adviced them to wait until Microsoft will release it with (or after) Arrowhead. So here comes the King. Some boys and girls from MS WPF dev team have OS initiative and released WPF toolkit. It’s absolutely free and includes all sources. Also it renewed with WPF DataGrid CTP and other tasty Futures inside with full source aside.
August 11th, 2008 · Comments (4)
For all those who asked, .NET 3.5 SP1 is final and available for download. What’s inside?
- ASP.NET Dynamic data
- Core improvements for CLR
- A lot of performance improvements in WPF
- ClickOnce enhancements
- ADO.NET with Data Services and Entity Framework
- LINQ2SQL and Data Provider for SQL Server 2008, that was released last week
- WCF with easier DataContract serialization
August 10th, 2008 · Comments (3)
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