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  • Blog Post: C++/XAML: Determining the view state or orientation of your Windows 8

    How hard is it to use the VisualStateManager Animations with your view states?  Not very hard.  In Windows 8.1 the ApplicationViewState enumerations are going to be deprecated in 8.1 and onward you will need to query for the Windows Size directly.  I will cover this when I get my 8.1 machine...
  • Blog Post: Beginners: DirectX 3D graphics with DirectX tutorial, tutorial part 1

    Yep, I wrote the word  tutorial twice, TWICE!  Why?  This is a tutorial on how to use the tutorial found at the link: Create 3D graphics with DirectX <<link Sample source code <<link Visual Studio Express for Windows 8 <<links directly to the Web installer Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Promises and asynchrony: S/W Promises defined with words normal people can read

    Promises have a simple lifecycle. Initially, a promise is unresolved – it represents the expectation of receiving a result at some unspecified future time. When the result is received, the promise becomes fulfilled and the result becomes the value of the promise. If an error occurs, either in the calculation...
  • Blog Post: Port your UNIX code to Visual Studio 12

    All right, you just graduated from college, never worked with Visual Studio and you got a lot of code built on UNIX.  You employer is purely Visual Studio and Windows, they don’t want to support a separate operating system.  You could quit, but they pay so well, the medical and dental plan...
  • Blog Post: Designing for the Windows Kinect: Hover Buttons

    Hover buttons, pretty cool, but not well explained in the documentation that I have found.  Hover buttons add a cool effect and cause hovering of an object over another object to appear to be similar to a click. The best examples of using the Hover buttons are found at: http://raychambers.wordpress...
  • Blog Post: C++ : Secrets of learning C++ programming

    What are the secrets of C++ programming?  With the XAML and C++ tools and templates, C++ is not much more than C# to program with and you don’t have to use .NET anymore.  Unless you want to. So the secret is that we are all out of practice working with C++ generally (if you are reading this...
  • Blog Post: Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind,

    Software, one of the few tools and mediums that respond pretty much directly to your mind, here is a cute video I would like to share with you. Has little to do with software development, but more with ideas and design.  Both important items for Windows 8.
  • Blog Post: Game Design && UML && TFS && Windows 8 Marketplace

    So if you want to design an adventure game, let’s keep it really simple, using text only.  Like the old days.  How would you do the design? Would you be able to get into a Windows 8 design for the Windows Marketplace?  Would you use a design tool?  How do you do the project planning...
  • 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: Windows 8 Day by the beach in Carlsbad California

    Have any questions about Windows 8 ? Need some guidance on how to get started building a Windows 8 metro style app? Want to see more Windows 8 code samples? Looking for help in taking your application to the next level? Bring your laptop over to the beach and join Michael Palermo , Bret Stateham , Daniel...
  • 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: Wait for it… await, do I have use this with WinRT?

    Some people complain that my titles make no sense.  But they do.  To me.  And you right?  After all you are reading this so the title or something got you to this URL.  I think a title like: “Gibberish, followed by the Spanish Inquisition, which no one expected, with a little...
  • 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: XNAMATH is now in DirectMath and only accessible from C++

    XNAMATH : The most recent version of XNAMATH, which is updated for Windows 8, now ships as DirectXMath . The headers for DirectXMath are available in the Windows SDK. DirectXMath is C++ only (namespaces, overloads, new templates, etc).   The DirectXMath library uses C++ namespaces to organize the...
  • 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: List of 1 thing in Win8, Windows 8: Playing media files

    As I stated in my previous blog, App Bars and much of the documentation (read stuff I can reuse on my blog) hasn’t been written by the boffins in Redmond.  What is a boffin?  I have no idea and hope it isn’t an insult, but the British use the term to refer to smart, apparently a now defunct...
  • 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: 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++...
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