Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
I missed blogging this at time of release. The Security Toolbar for VS.NET 2005 was a short R&D project to connect developers to security guidance on MSDN from within VS.NET. The toolbar has direct links to our indexes for Security Engineering, threat modeling, how tos, and checklists.
While this first version is simply a set of links, it's a stepping stone to adding additional functionality. We wanted a way to deliver incremental functionality with a simple interface. The toolbar can be notified when there's new content or an new version of the toolbar itself.
The most interesting learning for me was the trade-offs in user experience in terms of a designing a toolbar:
In the end, we went with a hybrid model to take the best of the best: