Sunday, July 29, 2007

Cool Coding with VS2008 and Vista via the Coding4Fun Developer Kit 2008 Vol 1 (Beta)

CodePlex - Coding4Fun Developer Kit

"Coding4Fun Developer Kit 2008 Vol 1 (BETA) is a collection of tools which have been developed to abstract the complexity of doing software development using common Windows Vista APIs. The kit features include drag ‘n drop controls and components, SmartTags, Visual Basic and Visual C# source code for all tools and samples as well as complete QuickStarts and APIs documentation. ...


The Coding4Fun Developer Kit 2008 Vol 1 (BETA) includes the following tools:

  • Bluetooth – implements 3 profiles: Serial Port, File Transfer and Object Push; plus provides Device Discovery and Service Discovery features of Bluetooth
  • Windows Vista Contacts – abstraction of the Windows Contacts API allowing developers to use Windows Vista’s Contacts data store plus support for importing and exporting vCards, searching for contacts and many more features
  • Messaging – this collection provides developers an easy to use set of tools and easy to follow documentation to create applications that use SMTP and POP3 features for emailing
  • Power Management – gain access in a simple way to cool Windows Vista Power Management features like rebooting, hibernating and locking a computer; get battery status on a laptop too
  • Windows Desktop Search – provides developers an easy way to create applications that use the built-in features of Windows Search; includes built-in quick search types for common file types like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and images plus many more
  • Windows Vista Picture Acquisition – exposes simple to use series of methods and properties to acquire pictures and videos from common devices like digital cameras
  • Preview Handler – allows developers to resolve predefined file types such as Microsoft Word , Visual Basic and Visual C# source files, images and many others in their own applications; create your own Windows Explorer with simple drag ‘n drop controls
  • SoundRecorder - record audio sounds and play them back information with Windows Vista's API
  • RSS ScreenSaver - create a simple cool RSS ScreenSaver based on the new Windows Communication Foundation
  • P2P Picture Share - share your pictures with family and friends with this easy to use fun P2P sample


if it's not clear, the C4FDevKit requires Vista and VS2008 Beta 2.

This enough to drive to me install VS2008 B2? No, but it's making it harder for me to say no...  ;)

(via Chris Koenig - Coding4Fun Developer Kit - Home)

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