Monday, July 25, 2011

From Soup to Surface… Another Soup to Nuts, Busy Dev Guy’s Guide, from Michael Crump, this time for the Surface v2 SDK

Michael Crump - From Soup to Nuts with the Surface 2.0 SDK

Continuing my “From Soup to Nuts” series or sometimes referred to as “The Busy Developers Guide” series, I will take a look at the Surface 2.0 SDK recently released by Microsoft.

Before you read ahead, here are the other articles in this series:

The Busy Developers Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta.
The Busy Developers Guide to Mango.

What is it?

With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device or any Windows touch-enables devices. (defined by Microsoft)

Links worth checking out: (thanks to Luis Cabrera)

Getting the SDK installed:

After downloading the Surface 2 SDK, double click the installer on the SDK to get the ball rolling.

Congratulations! You just created your first Surface 2.0 application while actually writing no code. While you are probably testing it on your laptop or desktop this application would actually run on a Surface 2 Unit! Very cool stuff indeed.


The Surface is very cool technology and I am planning on investing a lot of time into it and other things such as Kinect. Microsoft really got it right with the Surface 2.0 SDK. I think that this is possibly the best SDK release Microsoft has ever been a part of. The documentation is excellent, the samples are a plenty and it’s just plain easy to build your first application. Now if only I had an actual Surface 2 table in my house to play with then I would be really happy.”

7-25-2011 11-39-46 AM

Don’t think this is important to you since you don’t have a Surface? Do you have Windows 7 with a Touchscreen? Then you have a Surface! This SDK is for Surface AND Windows 7 Multi-touch development.

Here’s the a snip from the SDK download, Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK and Runtime

With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device. The applications you create can be adapted for other Windows 7 touch-enabled devices as well. [GD: Emphasis added]

Development platform that delivers familiarity and innovation opportunity:

  • Build upon Windows 7, NET 4.0 and WPF 4.0 and integrates with Visual Studio 2010
  • Benefit from consistency in experience across Windows 7 devices with the Surface multi-touch controls.
  • Develop multi-user, multi-touch and object interaction unique to Surface 2.0 - innovative experiences that excite users and customers.

Easy to use tools and resources you need:

  • The Surface 2.0 SDK includes controls, API, samples, and documentation to create applications that take advantage of PixelSense™. You can also use it to create touch applications for other Windows 7 touch devices. [GD: Emphasis added]


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