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Development Roadmap

We are currently working on a number of projects for Sandcastle help system developments. The development and enhancements of the Sandcastle Workshop (our IDE for developing Sandcastle-based help system) is making a lot of progress. We have finally decided to present the roadmap.

Basically, we are targeting the release of the Microsoft VS.NET 2010, making a help building system available as you take off.

NOTE: With the extension of the VS.NET 2010 release date, we are now reviewing this roadmap. A new roadmap will be published when more information is released on the VS.NET 2010 release schedule.

1. Sandcastle Workshop

An Integrated Developer Environment for developing Windows help systems using the Sandcastle compiler system.

Alpha: December 15th, 2009

This is the first general release of the Sandcastle Workshop.
  • No compilation of help is planned in this release.
  • Complete templates for Sandcastle conceptual help and related topic files
  • Startup page for the IDE
  • Early stages of the Sandcastle.Workshop (Alpha Add-In). This is the core of our Sandcastle specific IDE addin to the Sandcastle Workshop.
  • Start of the Sandcastle.Workshop.Builders (Pre-Alpha Add-In).
  • Sources checked into Codeplex source control

Beta: January 30th, 2010

This is first public beta release, with some Sandcastle specific tools integrated into the IDE.
  • Integrate a modified version of ScintillaNET, minimum integration as Output/Build Window
  • Complete Sandcastle.Workshop, will provide the editing of contents (Beta)
  • More features implementation for the Sandcastle.Workshop.Builders (Beta)
  • Start of documentations, the following will be covered
    • Sandcastle documentation,
    • Sandcastle Workshop documentation,
    • Sandcastle Builder documentation
    • Other related user and reference manuals
  • Start of Sandcastle.Workshop.Tools (Alpha/Beta Add-In)
NOTE: There may be more than one beta releases.

Release Candidate: February 27th, 2010

A more feature complete release of the building system, and the integrated developer environment.
  • Improved documentation
  • Start of Sandcastle.Workshop.Resources for localization.
NOTE: There may be more than one release candidates.

Final Release (RTW): March 31st, 2010

  • The first major release of the help building system, the integrated developer environment for authoring and the user manual and references.
  • Completed Sandcastle Workshop Documentation

2. Sandcastle Builders and Helpers

These are our help building libraries. The Sandcastle Helpers library is a smaller version for most projects, the Sandcastle Builders library extends this and provides an add-in framework for community based extensions.

Beta: January 15th, 2009

  • A working help building library, supporting Help 1.x, Help 2.x, Help 3.x (if released by Sandcastle Team by then), and web help.
  • Introduction of plug-in framework (based on Mono.AddIn, which is winning over Microsoft MEF, since it works with .NET 2.x).
  • More work on the Sandcastle Build Components.

Release Candidate: February 15th, 2010

Final Release (RTW): March 31st, 2010

  • The first release of our Sandcastle Helpers and Builders libraries and related tools.
  • Complete documentation of the libraries.

Last edited Jan 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM by SelormeyPaul, version 8


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