Browse by Tags

Tagged Content List
  • Blog Post: Setting Up Team Foundation Server (not services) on Windows 8

    First see the forum comment at: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/tfssetup/thread/2bc48ea2-a652-4f98-9676-2243675c43fa make sure to have IIS up and running and the installation is slick.  So run that cmd code as an administrator. Follow the instructions on that site. Then come back here...
  • Blog Post: Create WinRT in Blend? Is this a blend of icy goodness? Or is it just weird to write C++ in Blend?

    And just what the heck does this have to do with building quality apps?  Well, first of all a quality app don’t get hung up and freeze.  If you use WinRT, then WinRT can help you prevent freezing.  So no, this isn’t about a blend of icy goodness it is to prevent freezing and other issues...
  • Blog Post: ABI ? WTF do these three letters stand for?

    It’s ok when one article doesn’t define an TLA (three letter acronym), but then a basic article like the one “ Welcome Back to C++ (Modern C++)” , once and then the TLA ABI is used again in linked articles, etc.  Somewhere, at least using basic writing style, ABI should be clearly written out. ...
  • Blog Post: Porting a Windows Phone App to WinRT

    This is an awesome article about how to port a WIndows Phone app to Windows 8.  Instructions, etc. Well written. As you might think: “Well Written?  This can’t be written by Sam then!”  And that would be correct, it is on CodeProject: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/375173/Hacking...
  • Blog Post: Get coordinates from directmath vectors in Windows 8 and C++

    Vectors operations are similar to Matrix operations, but there is usually a need for faster calculations.  On one of my jobs in the 1980s we had to create a digital system that could do calculations very rapidly and with the power supply had to be lighter and smaller then a similar electrical analog...
  • Blog Post: Let’s talk about directives in VC++ in Visual Studio 11 and Windows 8

    Anything with a pound symbol in front of a word is used to give direction to the preprocessor.  So the first time you run into the pound symbol (#) usually is something like the following: #include <algorithm> #include <iostream> #include <vector> #include "DirectXMath.h"...
  • Blog Post: All right, I am confused, DirectX 11, DirectX, XNA and Windows 8

    On Friday, May 11, 2012, I wrote a blog that was just a quick knock off to end the week. I had thought that DirectX 11 can only be accessed via C++, now I worry if that is true? I am so confused. DirectX is now shipped directly with the Windows SDK, there isn’t a separate one. Or is there? There...
  • Blog Post: DirectX 11 and Windows 8

    Well, apparently there is some concern about the messaging around DirectX 11 and Windows 8. Right now as of 5/11/2012 I am accessing DirectX via C++. This means that if you are thinking about low level graphics design, then you may consider it important to get up to speed with Direct2 and Direct3...
  • Blog Post: CompositeTransforms in MetroRT

    Blah-blah Using CompositeTransitions to make an interesting look in the tablet. And yes this would work in the Win7 world as well. I initially started this blog to whine about the changes in some of the functionality of XAML but got distracted. Also, this effort came up when one of my teammates (...
  • Blog Post: The remains of the day: MetroRT XAML makes things move

    XAML, making things move, is referred to as animation.  If you are a follower of XNA, animation usually refers to something else, like reading spritesheets or running things into other things. In XAML, well designed apps make things move in small ways that make apps look good.  Many of the...
  • Blog Post: App Bars, a useful tool for your UI or a place to drown your Metro Sorrows?

    Don’t drink booze when you are sad.  Never a good idea, and especially don’t drink when sad and then drive.  That’s bad.  Dangerous.  Get a taxi in that case. However, App  Bars are fairly easy to use, if not to find the way to use them in the literature.  It would seem...
  • Blog Post: Slot machine, the continuing saga, Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8

    I zipped up my VS 2010 C++ based Slot machine code and via skydrive put it on my Windows 8 system (don’t ask, ok, I should set up Mesh). Oops, the code is incompatible with VS 11 Express Beta for Windows 8, which is set up only for Metro design, umm, ok. Well that’s it for that code right?  Stay...
  • Blog Post: Slot Machine: Visual Studio 2010 using VC++, Next VS 11 Express Beta

    All right, I may have written this slot machine code, however, I am not claiming it is mine, it was on a very old thumbdrive I found (it had 500 megabytes capacity so it was very old, also had some pictures of my last dog as a puppy, Gidget). In the past, most VC++ or C++ projects used console output...
  • Blog Post: Really Simple and Dopey Windows 8 DirectX sample

    So you are using Visual Studio 11 Beta and you are getting the idea that XNA isn’t coming back for the Metro Designs, and you are reading this blog to see if I have an answer.  I do. My answer to what happened to XNA? I have no idea about XNA, but I do know that I am digging back into C++ and DirectX...
  • Blog Post: Reimagine your App on Win 8: Attend the blow out Event at Silicon Valley, Microsoft!

    After months of eager anticipation, Windows 8 is finally here.   To kick things off, Microsoft will be hosting a large-scale event at SVC featuring Robert Youngjohns and Matt Thompson . Both are FREAKING AWESOME and totally intune speakers.  We are lucky to get Matt Thompson, with depth of...
  • Blog Post: Yippee just wrote my Hello World XAML/C++ app, now I am an expert at WinRT!

    After spending most of the last 20 years looking for the intellisense after I hit a period, the XAML/C++ was a bit of surprise, not much though.  It isn’t clear how this works unless you have worked through the SimpleBlogReader. Here is what I did to create my Hello World app using XAML and C++...
  • Blog Post: In WinRT is C++ really C++ or just some phony thing that looks like C++?

    Let’s face it, C++ is getting a little boring as is. But to deviate from the C++ spec is evil. What to do? Well if the language compiles like C++ specified language is that enough? Here is the explanation from the Dev Center site: Visual C++ in Visual Studio 11 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview...
Page 1 of 1 (17 items)