Professional Windows Vista Gadgets Programming
Publisher: Wiley / Wrox
Final Release Date: March 2008
Pages: 379

Professional Windows Vista Gadgets Programming

As an easy-to-use application that provides information at aglance, a gadget basically takes the concept of portal dashboardsand moves them to the more accessible Windows desktop where userscan quickly and easily obtain weather information, RSS news feeds,and much more. In Windows Vista, there are two types ofgadgets—Sidebar and SideShow gadgets. Sidebar gadgets aremini applications hosted in the Sidebar pane located on the Windowsdesktop, and SideShow gadgets are applications that sendinformation to SideShow-enabled devices, such as an external LCDdisplay, or even a remote control. With this hands-on guide, you'lldiscover the simplicity of developing Vista Sidebar and SideShowgadgets that can run onthe Windows desktop as well as sendinformation to SideShow-enabled devices.

This book contains two parts. The first covers Sidebar gadgetsand the second part covers SideShow gadgets. In each part,Microsoft MVP author Wei-Meng Lee begins by walking you through thedevelopment of a simple gadget, introducing you to the key conceptsin the process. Each chapter breaks down the specific APIs that arerelevant to enhancing a gadget, and helpful code samples throughoutevery chapter detail the step-by-step progression of how a gadgetis built. By the end of the book, you will beconfidentlyprogramming Vista gadgets.

What you will learn from this book

  • Components of a Sidebar gadget

  • Detailed description and code samples for using the SidebarAPIs

  • Tips on using .NET Interop to enhance Sidebar gadgets

  • How to Interface Sidebar gadgets with SideShow-enableddevices

  • Tips on localizing Sidebar gadgets

  • How to debug Sidebar gadgets

  • Details of a Sidebar gadget project

  • SideShow architecture

  • How to use the SideShow managed class for .NET development

  • Tips on understanding the Simple Content Format (SCF) contentformat for sending SideShow data

  • Interacting with SideShow-enabled devices

  • Step by step instruction on how to develop a SideShow gadgetproject

Who this book is for
This book is for developers who want to build Windows Vistagadgets that target both the desktop as well as SideShow-enableddevices.

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