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  • Blog Post: C++ and SQL Server

    A customer asked me this morning about connecting to SQL Server from C++. Had to dig a little, but found some pretty good info and some sample code. Building applications with SQL Native Client: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130904.aspx   From that page: SQL Server Native Client is a...
  • Blog Post: Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows Phone 8

    We’re going to have a Game Hackathon tomorrow at the Microsoft Office here in Tampa. For a little diversion, during this Hackathon I’m going to create a little Windows Phone 8 game. All I need is a game loop sample to get me started. I thought about it for a second tonight, and it hit...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight game loop - revisited for Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 RTM

    I finally found the code I created when I ported Mike Snow's Silverlight snowflake "game" into a Windows 8 C#/XAML "game." See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jimblizzard/archive/2012/05/21/porting-a-simple-silverlight-game-loop-to-windows-8-metro-style.aspx/ (Yes I had checked my Release Preview-based code...
  • Blog Post: Rolling with Team Foundation Service

    This summer I had the chance to work on a Windows 8 Store reference app with a few of my colleagues at Microsoft. The opportunity to sling a little code and work with some world-class developers was too good to pass up. This is the first in a series of articles I'm going to write, describing how our...
  • Blog Post: Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows 8 Metro style

    The other evening I went on the hunt for a XAML/C#-based example of a game loop. I ran into a couple of OLD blog posts by Mike Snow . Naturally it caught my eye, simply because of his last name. In his posts he described game loop based on Silverlight 2. OK. Silverlight uses XAML, and the code was...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Dev Camp materials now available

    The slides and hands-on labs materials (both JavaScript and C#) are now available for download. Trot on over to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29854 Happy Windows 8 developing! --bliz (@snowstormlife)
  • Blog Post: Curious about how to get your app into the Windows Store?

    My Orlando Windows 8 Dev Camp co-presenter, Dave Isbitski, has written an excellent post about it . Bottom line, today you need an invite “token” to register . So how do you get one? Take a look a Dave’s post . --bliz
  • Blog Post: Metro Accelerator Labs – Speeding Your App Development

    Yesterday I blogged about the live webcast series on Windows 8 Metro style development that’s currently underway. Today I want to make sure you’re aware that we have a Metro Accelerator Lab coming up at the end of May here in Tampa . Joe Healy and I are looking forward to seeing you there...
  • Blog Post: Can’t make it to a Windows 8 Dev Camp?

    . . . But wish you could? You’re in luck! Microsoft is going to be delivering the content via webcasts, beginning TODAY (May 14) at 11:30 AM Eastern. Too late for today’s session. Here is the session list via Jamie . Good lunchtime feasting! (for Eastern Time Zone anyway) [UPDATE...
  • Blog Post: Developer, do your Windows 8 Metro style tiles look like this?

    Have all the Metro style apps and samples that you’ve created all gotten a disease of little X’s in the lower right corner of every tile, like an outbreak of the chicken pox? What the …? And if you try to launch one of the apps you created, do you see this screen? “Store...
  • Blog Post: World-class Windows 8 Metro style apps wanted

    Do you have what it takes to create a world-class Metro style app? Would you like to have your app available in the Windows store on “Day 0”? If you do and you live in Florida , shoot an email to me ( jim.blizzard@microsoft.com ) or Joe Healy ( jhealy@microsoft.com ). If you don’t...
  • Blog Post: Simple camera capture in Window 8 Metro style application

    During one of my sessions from the Windows 8 Developer Camp I talked about how easy it is for current .NET developers to write Windows 8 Metro style apps. One slide in particular showed how easy it is to interact with devices, etc., through the Windows Runtime in Windows 8 as compared to how difficult...
  • Blog Post: A must-read blog post on deploying Metro style Windows 8 apps to businesses

    The Windows Store blog has an important post on deploying Metro style Windows 8 apps to businesses. Very much worth reading – twice. From the blog post : When it comes to building a Metro style app for business users, the first thing you should consider—whether you are a developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 – Sharing and Searching

    At the Windows 8 Developer Camp last week in Ft. Lauderdale, a couple of people asked me if there’s a way to control which apps are searchable (which ones show up in the app search list), and which apps are allowed to be share targets . The answer to both is, “Yep.” In Windows...
  • Blog Post: Want to keep up with Visual Studio 11 Beta news and info?

    Here’s your must-have list of sites regarding Visual Studio 11 Beta. The Visual Studio team blog. If you see a post and have questions, want to make a comment, or provide feedback, post it in the comments section: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/ The VS11 Beta forums are also an excellent...
  • Blog Post: Sneak Preview of Visual Studio 11 Beta .NET 4.5 Beta

    If you haven't already heard the news, take a look at Jason's blog , Soma's blog , the Visual Studio team blog , and the Visual Studio product website . The Visual Studio 11 Beta will be here on February 29! The fun is about to begin! Enjoy! bliz .
  • Blog Post: Have techie friends in Europe?

    Let ‘em know that the Microsoft TechEd Europe session list has been posted here: http://europe.msteched.com/Sessions . Where & When? Amsterdam on June 26 – 29. I’ve never been to Europe. . . Anyone want to sponsor me? : ) Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: WcfTestClient.exe is missing???

    If you’re trying out some WCF programming, there’s a nice little WCF test client available for you to use, aptly named WcfTestClient.exe. To run it, the MSDN documentation tells you to navigate to the “%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE” folder...
  • Blog Post: Another “be what’s next” moment

    In yet another instance of getting real, I just swapped out the backend database for SnowstormLife.com to a SQL Azure Database. (The website itself is still on a 3rd party host, not on Windows Azure yet.) It wasn’t that difficult. I simply needed to Create a SQL Azure Database (I already had an account...
  • Blog Post: Have something you’d like to see in a future version of Visual Studio?

    I just found out about the Visual Studio UserVoice site, located here: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com . From the site: Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas...
  • Blog Post: How to: Visual Studio web performance tests – not using Internet Explorer

    A client asked me how to create and run Visual Studio web performance tests using something other than Internet Explorer. (His web app only runs in a particular browser, and it’s not IE.) Here’s my answer. Recording a web performance test using a browser other than Internet Explorer The Web Test recorder...
  • Blog Post: Q: So, what does the Visual Studio ALM Roadmap look like? A: Sweetness

    Jason Zander just posted a blog entry about the ALM roadmap for Visual Studio vNext. Read and enjoy . -- bliz
  • Blog Post: Fabulous resource for performance testing

    If you’re into performance testing – and who isn’t these days? – and you haven’t downloaded the Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide , then you’re really missing out. Stop reading this blog post and go download it now . I’ll be here when you...
  • Blog Post: Yellow card

    A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out the garage, trying to make things look nice and neat. As I was going through boxes of papers and books, I came across a real throwback – my assembly language book and a yellow card from my days at UWF. They somehow followed Pam and me as we’ve moved our way across...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V settings for a rocking fast VM

    The other day I was doing a presentation in the Microsoft Tampa office. Unfortunately my display driver acted up when I connected my laptop to the projector cable, and my VM ran as slow as molasses as I was presenting a hands-on workshop for 5 customers. The next day I went back to the office. My goal...
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