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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: Keep up with the latest Team Foundation Service releases

    Here's an always up-to-date list of all the releases that have been pushed into Team Foundation Service: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/news/release-archive . As you can see, the TFService team is into continuous value delivery. Are you? Haven't tried Team Foundation Service? Get started for free today...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio 11 - live webcast series in May and June

    Looking for a little Visual Studio 11 action? If so, you’re going to be in heaven for the next two months. Check out this list of live webcasts during May and June. EVENT NAME DATE REGISTER Scrum and Agile Management Using Visual Studio 2011 ...
  • 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: 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: VS11 Developer Preview training kit now available

    In case you haven't already heard the news. You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27738 Enjoy! bliz
  • 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: Team Foundation Server workspaces

    Many developers who first start working with Team Foundation Server find it easy to get wrapped around the axle when it comes to TFS Workspaces. They’re not very intuitive. The simple explanation I give about workspaces when asked, is that they’re a mapping between the files on your hard disk and the...
  • 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: Walking the walk. . .

    In my job I do a lot of presentations. I try do to demos as often as I can, to make things a bit more real for the “audience.” I also use slides, usually to to help convey complex points, or to “demonstrate” things that I can’t really run locally on my laptop just because the demo would require too much...
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