To help novice or new-to-technology driver developers, the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) writing team is investigating the use of a new type of topic known as a learning roadmap. The learning roadmap steps a novice or new-to-technology device driver developer through the sets of technologies that are associated with developing a specific type of driver. Each step in the learning roadmap describes the knowledge set, gives pointers to resources (Microsoft Web content or other published content, such as books), and lists learning objectives and areas of information that should be understood before moving on to the next step.
The learning roadmap topic attempts to answer the question: What do I need to know before I begin developing a specific type of Windows driver? The intent of the learning roadmap topic is to reduce developer ramp-up time by providing a focused, self-study-based learning plan that is customized for the technology or driver type.