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Ten top reasons for installing Windows 7 Software Development Kit

Since many years, Microsoft releases for free the Windows SDK, an important toolkit targeting specific versions of the operating system, for developers. With no doubt it's a must-have resource, but in some cases it's not well known.

I'd like to point out some top reasons (in my opinion, of course) for downloading and installing Windows 7 SDK, if you are developers planning to build applications for Windows 7:

  • it contains debugging tools for native code (the famous WinDbg)
  • it's available for both 32 and 64 bit operating systems
  • it's available for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 even if you do not have Visual Studio, thus with managed code and with Visual Basic and C# compilers
  • it includes libraries, header files, documentation and Visual C++ compilers
  • it contains FxCop, the code analysis tool for .NET code, able of checking if your code is compliant with the Common Language Specifications
  • it contains Orca, a tool for editing Windows Installer packages
  • it contains the Windows Performance Toolkit, a number of tools for analyzing WPF applications performances
  • it contains redistributables for Windows Installer and ClickOnce deployments
  • it contains tools for configuring and administering WCF services
  • it contains required tools for generating and configuring .NET applications

When you install Visual Studio (and this is true for both 2008 and 2010), the most important tools from Windows SDK are also installed but with VS 2008 these target Windows Vista. So, if you use Visual Studio 2008 on Windows 7, installing the SDK is really important. If you instead install Visual Studio 2010, with such version a subset of the Windows 7 SDK is also installed, providing the most important tools (most of them have also a related version updated in order to target .NET 4.0). By the way, if you want to have complete control over analysis and debugging, Windows 7 SDK is something that you should not miss.

The latest SDK works on many different operating systems and can create applications for many different operating systems: Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2.

You can download it from here.


Print | posted on mercoledì 24 febbraio 2010 00:51 | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2008 Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Windows 7/Vista ]


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