Windows 7 for Developers

If an application runs on Windows Vista today, there’s a very strong likelihood that the application will run unchanged on Windows 7.There are 3 key steps that every application author has to take care to still further diminish the risk of any application issues:

  1. Download (and read!) the Windows 7 Application Quality Cookbook. This is the ultimate guide to changes in Windows 7, offering 80+ pages of detailed guidance on the various different edge cases that might cause an issue with your application. (A quick perusal of the document will allay any fears of widespread change – unless the likes of ‘removal of Microsoft Agent’ is of major concern to you.) Using this document as a checklist, you’ll be able to very rapidly identify anything that you should take care of.

    Download(and read!) the
    Windows 7 Developer Guide. This guide helps in building applications on a solid foundation; enable richer application experiences.
  2. Install and use the Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5 and Application Verifier 4.0. These tools are valuable both for compatibility and quality, and are particularly helpful to renovate an older application that you never moved up to Windows Vista. The former provides automated tools for developers to check for issues like UAC incompatibility and setup problems, as well as administrative tools that can be used to apply and view other shims that may be in place. The latter tool is a runtime verification tool for applications that can be used to identify issues in the way native code calls into the Win32 API – in some ways, it’s the closest equivalent to FxCop for C++ code.
  3. Get your application certified for Windows 7. Applying for a logo for your application has historically been a somewhat painstaking process – it’s involved spending money on submitting the application for manual testing. Now it’s much simpler: we’ve provided an automated toolkit that tests the application for known compatibility issues, targeting application issues that we’ve seen in the wild and providing clear guidance on how to fix your application. And there’s no cost either, beyond signing up for a certificate for WinQual registration. Whether or not you actually care about using the Windows 7 logo for marketing purposes, this is a worthwhile step to validate that your application runs smoothly on Windows 7 and that your customers will get a good experience.
Windows 7 Training Kit For Developers (The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos designed to help you learn how to build applications that are compatible with and shine on Windows 7) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1c333f06-fadb-4d93-9c80-402621c600e7&displaylang=en

The Windows Application Quality Cookbook familiarizes developers and test engineers with how to verify the compatibility of their applications with Windows 7 - http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Windows7AppQuality/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=1734

The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features (and some existing features of older versions of Windows operating system) from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework - http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

Sample .Net managed Code that exploits Windows7 features to work on XP, Vista & 7 - http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/XP2Win7/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=2977

Windows 7 for developers - http://searchwindevelopment.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid8_gci1364162,00.html?track=NL-150&ad=721495&Offer=mn_eh081909WDEVUNSC_win7H&asrc=EM_USC_8999108&uid=8777731

Visual Studio News - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/default.aspx

Learn Windows from msdn Channel9 Presentations - http://channel9.msdn.com/

Microsoft Windows Opensource Software downloads - http://www.codeplex.com/

Codeplex WPF Projects - http://www.codeplex.com/site/search?projectSearchText=Windows%207&sortBy=Relevance&tagName=,WPF,&licenses=&refinedSearch=true

Microsoft Architecture Journal - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/architecture/bb410935.aspx

Blogs:

Windows 7 Developer Blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/developers/default.aspx

Windows 7 Team Blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/default.aspx

Windows Vista Team Blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windowsvista/default.aspx

10 tips for Windows 7 Developers from Scott Hanselman's Blog - http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Top10TipsWorkingDevelopersShouldKnowAboutWindows7.aspx