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Office Interactive Developer Map: using WPF to help navigate through all the developer documentation

May 31, 2007

Saw Serge Lenbet’s mention of a new resource for developers who focus on Office Development.  The Office Interactive Developer Map (web page | .application) is a clickonce-installed WPF application that provides a pretty comprehensive list of resources for all the components an Office developer may want to learn about.

Each "link" either navigates the browser to the right resource (usually on MSDN) or drills down into a categorized list with more links.

"The map stores resource links in an XML file hosted on MSDN. Once you install it, the map pulls the latest version of the resource file."

Great openness!

I love the fact that this project has links to blogs of 6 Microsoft employees, so you can really give good feedback.  Erika Ehrli discusses the project with her "Announcing the Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map built with WPF" post.

Feedback

Some feedback from me:

  • I think this is a great start at improving ways to navigate through lots of information.  Lots of ways this can continue to get more valuable over time.  I’m excited to talk to Erika and team about what they are planning…
  • Nit: the home page should be resizable to the size of the window.  Right now it seems to be a fixed size…
  • it would be nice to understand what will happen when I click on something (via a status bar, icon or the tooltip???)

Questions for you:

  • What do you think of this as a way to navigate through the many developer resources?
  • How could it get better?
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