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"Visual Studio" w|wo "MS Platform SDK" installed

When would a Windows application developer ever want to have the latest "MSFT Platform SDK" installed in addition to the latest version of Visual Studio (6,2002,2003)?

What are some of the known situation when a developer must have both Visual Studio and the latest Platform SDK installed on his dev box?

curious for no good reason
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Lots of little used APIs are part of the Platform SDK. An example would be the cluster API. The SDK has the required header files.

Tim
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

If the Platform SDK has been updated since the release of Visual Studio, you want it installed.  Normally happens at a major service pack or product release.

Jason McCullough
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Visual Studio releases are a lot slower than the platform releases.

For example, if you wanted to do COM+ development before 2002, you needed to install the platform SDK - none of the COM+ stuff was included with VC 6.

VS.NET is churning a little faster than usual right now because of the .NET push, but it'll slow down again. But the APIs will keep streaming out of Redmond.

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

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