It's week one for me getting back to dev-land and I have to admit that it's not been the easiest experience, but it is getting there now. I thought it would be worthwhile noting down my thoughts and pointers for people following the same path I am. This week I am working on a proof of concept for a sports company here in the UK producing a Vista sidebar gadget that monitors and displays (pseudo-) realtime scores and information for a popular British sport.
If you want a great overview (much better than below) then watch the Mix06 session at:
Covers in good detail the value of gadgets, the how-to, design considerations, and a very cool sport gadget produced by Fox Interactive Media
Step 1: Get the OS, bits and tools
Step 2: Read the tutorials and create a Hello World type app
Step 4: Testing your gadget
tags: vista, sidebar, gadgets, visual studio, expression