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Being Prepared: The Windows 2000 Developer's Readiness Kit

  • March 3, 2000
  • By Don Kiely
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One problem that Microsoft continually faces is how its new technologies leapfrog the support of its development tools. The newly released Windows 2000 contains significant new support for component development, making distributed application development easier than ever before. But Visual Studio 6.0 was released back in September 1998, when the new component features in Windows 2000 were but a twinkle in Microsoft's eye. This means that the tools in Visual Studio do not contain native support for many of the new COM+ features in Windows 2000. Worse, some of the old ways of doing things are no longer the best way. So Microsoft has released the Windows 2000 Developer's Readiness Kit for Visual Studio 6.0 owners. The kit is a collection of new documentation, plenty of links to information on its Web site, and a few enhancements so that developers can begin taking advantage of Windows 2000.

Unfortunately, real support for all the features in Windows 2000 will have to wait for the next release of Visual Studio, which has not yet been announced by Microsoft.

Not An Upgrade

I originally assumed that something called a Readiness Kit would be an upgrade. That is, I expected some minor upgrades to the Visual Studio tools, or at least a service pack that activated disabled features in the development tools for use in Windows 2000. I was wrong. Still, I did find a wealth of information, samples, and sources of even more information—in short, more than I can ever hope to absorb.

The biggest part of the Readiness Kit is documentation for what is different about Windows 2000 development. If nothing else, the Kit pulls together in one place a tremendous amount of documentation and information for modifying applications to make effective use of Windows 2000 features.

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