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  • Blog Post: Rapid Prototyping Hardware with Windows 8: Wearable Electronics using TouchDevelop at the LA HACKS

    I attended the LA HACKS, and one thing that I am on about these days is embedded hardware with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, not phones but rather purpose built hardware.  But seriously, as usual when it comes to what to wear, the French as usual kick everyone’s posteriors.  And with artwork...
  • Blog Post: DirectX/C++/CX: MOD a C++ app using XML and do it quickly!

    Check out Fall Fury, this app is awesome and really works, although my brain did when I first tried to use it. You SLIDE the buttons not click them. Ok, enough about my dorkage, what do you think about my dorkage? “Modding” Fall Fury XMLand making people think you are brilliant! ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1, WinSxS and C++

    The folder winsxs in the Windows folder is usually quite large and you never want to delete it, never ever touch anything in it. If you do, you will enter what used to be called DLL Hell. WinSxS stands for Windows side by side. At least till Windows 8.1. Why is Winsxs so big and gets bigger? All...
  • 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: Async coding in C++ means never having to say you are sorry

    Maybe.  That is a paraphrase quote from an old movie called "Love Story", that is seriously boring, unless you are with someone you either love or hope to, then it is still boring if you actually watched it.  Like Dr. Zhivago or whatever, I didn't know it was in Russia till a few...
  • Blog Post: VS 12 for UNIX Users, an introduction!

    Check out this article on how to use VS 12 for UNIX Users! Introduction to Visual C++ for UNIX Users http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/xw1ew2f8(v=vs.110).aspx Lot’s of functional links to how to use the most popular IDE in the world.  To make this really snappy for your experience make sure...
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