Developing For Windows Vista


From new application types, to new OS-supported security, logging, and service-hosting features, explore Vista's bounty in a Special Report. You can find the special report at:

If you want to dive right into a specific title within the special report, you have the following options:

Microsoft's Common Log File System is an OS-supported logging framework that provides all the logging capabilities you need&—and it's available via managed code and your favorite .NET language.
Vista's User Account Control (UAC) improves security, but making it work smoothly requires a little more developer work. Find out what you need to know to code Vista UAC-aware applications.
You're probably used to hosting WCF services with IIS, but Vista and IIS 7 provide a much more powerful and lighter-weight option that supports additional protocols besides HTTP.
Although simple Sidebar gadgets are "DHTML applets" with limited functionality, you can enhance them using .NET components exposed as ActiveX controls through COM Interop.
Vista's SideShow feature supports auxiliary screen devices that can run applications even when the main computer is turned off, letting users read news, play games, or check their email without powering up the main computer.
Lose your dependency on third-party search engines by integrating your applications with Vista's Windows Desktop Search.
PowerGadgets promises to put system and application monitoring at non-coding IT professionals' fingertips.
By adding OS-level support for RSS in Vista and making that support available to .NET developers, Microsoft has provided an easy way to build completely new classes of applications with little additional effort.

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Bradley Jones

Bradley Jones, in addition to managing CodeGuru, Brad! oversees the Newtwork of sites including Codeguru,, DevX, VBForums, and over a dozen more with a focus on software development and database technologies. His experience includes development in C, C++, VB, some Java, C#, ASP, COBOL, and more as well as having been a developer, consultant, analyst, lead, and much more. His recent books include Teach Yourself the C# Language in 21 Days, Web 2.0 Heroes, and Windows Live Essentials and Services.
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