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Using the Smart Client Software Development Guidance Package

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After you install and register the Smart Client Development automated guidance package, you can use the recipes and templates it contains in your smart client applications to speed up development, reduce errors, and create code that follows both best practices and your own team development guidelines.

Visual Studio requires the fully qualified file name of any file in the solution to be fewer than 260 characters. The guidance package creates a Visual Studio solution that contains folders and projects with long names. The more characters in the path of the initial solution location, the more limited you will be in the names of the folders and files you can add to the solution. To avoid exceeding the limit, you should consider avoiding initial solution locations, such as the Visual Studio 2008 subfolder of the My Documents folder.

Figure 1 illustrates the common developer activities supported by automated guidance.


Figure 1
Development activities with automated guidance

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