Getting Started with Project Glidepath

Project Glidepath is a new way to deliver electronic content within Visual Studio 2005. Instead of just providing more documentation, Project Glidepath places existing documentation from sources like MSDN into the context of what it takes to build software from a certain viewpoint.

A viewpoint is a perspective on building software. For example, when building an application you must consider issues such as architecture, data access, and user interface. That is, you have to make decisions about each of these issues. Do I use strongly typed datasets or custom business objects? Do I use a Web or Windows interface? A great deal of guidance has been published on answering these questions. Unfortunately, the guidance isn’t always there when you need it.

Project Glidepath packages this guidance for the various technical and nontechnical viewpoints of a software application project. Best of all, the content is delivered to you right inside Visual Studio 2005 in the solution you’re developing.

The objective behind Glidepath is to help you get the most of the overwhelming number of new features in Vista and version 3.0 of the .NET Framework (formerly WinFX). Most of the content available for Glidepath relates to Vista, but it needn’t stay that way for long. Glidepath uses RSS feeds to add new content, and anyone can publish content for Glidepath.

To get started using Glidepath, download the beta at http://projectglidepath.net. All you need is Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition or better and SQL Server 2005 Express. You don’t need to install anything related to Vista or version 3.0 of .NET. You can view a few screenshots that I uploaded to Flickr.

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