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  • Blog Post: XAML: Data Binding using one control to control another control

    Are you a control freak?  Well not in the way you might be called by your BFF, but rather you like to use controls in Windows Forms, but now you are forced to use XAML because of an evil professor or others, and you are looking into data binding in XAML with C++ and using C++ to write the data binding...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
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