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  • Blog Post: Like Vista Bridge? Love Win API Code Pack for .NET Framework

    If you thought the VistaBridge was a cool idea, you're really going to love the next evolution.   Windows 7 has some great new features that will really shine in your managed application, and the Windows SDK team has been working on a way to help you do just that.   The Windows API...
  • Blog Post: What's the difference between "CLR" and ".NET Framework"?

    What's the difference between "Common Language Runtime (CLR)" and "Microsoft .NET Framework"?  David Broman's post explains it beautifully and was very helpful to me. CLR + managed libraries and tools = Microsoft .NET Framework The CLR is the low-level technology (much of it...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9: Amanda Silver on the future of VB

    Lots of new features are in store for future versions of VB, according to Amanda Silver of the VB Team. Check out the great Channel 9 interview with Amanda at TechEd to see her talk about LINQ, dynamic typing and Intellisense, improvements in native/Pinvoke calls, multitargeting different versions of...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Setupvroot.bat in WCF samples fails on Vista if…

    The Setupvroot.bat setup script for WCF samples fails on Windows Vista if the NetMsmqActivator service is enabled and Message Queuing (MSMQ) is not installed. This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Visual Studio 2005 Required for .NET Compact Framework Development

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Help for .NET Framework WCF samples that don't build/run

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 The following Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) samples do...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: MSBuild Reports Dependency on .NET Framework SDK 2.0

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Nuggets: Developing with Visual Studio

    Don't have the time to read a 10-page how-to article or watch a full length webcast? Try an MSDN nugget, a webcast that takes you step-by-step to discovering new functionality or exploring a hot developer topic, all in 10-15 minutes. View them online now or download for later reference. VB9 - Extension...
  • Blog Post: MSDN nuggets: Developing for .NET Framework

    Don't have the time to read a 10-page how-to article or watch a full length webcast? Try an MSDN nugget, a webcast that takes you step-by-step to discovering new functionality or exploring a hot developer topic, all in 10-15 minutes. View them online now or download for later reference. Using CardSpace...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VCBuild fails to compile or upgrade projects

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0) In order for VCBuild to run properly, vcprojectengine.dll needs to be registered. If vcprojectengine.dll is not registered, VCBuild.exe will fail with errors such as: On compile ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Some Samples May Fail to Compile: Debug:Itanium error

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 Some...
  • Blog Post: Orcas Beta 2: It’s out, what’s in?

    Big news around Developer Division today: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 is available to the public. So what’s in it? Find out directly from S. Somasegar (we all call him Soma), the VP here in Dev Div, and Scott Guthrie, our GM. These two know the latest and greatest and...
  • Blog Post: Learn to Write C# by creating games with DigiPen

    DigiPen Institute of Technology has webcast series on creating video games using DirectX 9.0 and .NET Framework 2.0. Their series covers sound effects, sprites, sprite behaviors, basic overview, and collision detection. You don’t need a programming background to follow the videos, which a smart 7 th...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio how-to videos: on a computer, mobile device, or Xbox 360

    The site "How Do I?" Videos for Visual Studio Extensibility hosts videos on how to extend the Visual Studio platform, with the VS Extensibility Team adding new How-To videos regularly. Download the code for each video in various formats (WMV | iPod | MP4 | 3GP | Zune | PSP), or audio only in various...
  • Blog Post: LiveStation the “Killer App” for Silverlight, says Mashable

    Livestation , from Microsoft Research, streams live TV over P2P using Silverlight to play the media on your computer. Check out the demo on Steve Clayton’s blog . Social Networking Blog Mashable reports that once this product moves out of the beta stage, Livestation could become the “killer app” for...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows SDK Sample Building on X64

    Are you having problems building some of the Windows Vista SDK samples on an X64 machine? Me too. That’s why I’ve posted a series of workarounds on the Windows SDK Blog for the errors I see popping up most often. Lots of these issues will get better in the upcoming Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: NET 3.5: Red bits, Green bits? Huh?

    Building an SDK to support .NET Framework 3.5 has its challenges. The SDK Team picks up bits from many different build shares around Microsoft. Getting them to work together at one point in time is not always easy, and .NET Fx 3.5 bits provide a wild ride due to the building of Red bits and Green bits...
  • Blog Post: Are you using the Windows SDK for "Longhorn" Server and .NET Fx 3.5?

    Have you downloaded the Windows SDK for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5 yet? This release of the Windows SDK is designed to operate with Beta 3 of Windows Server code name “Longhorn”. The SDK is compatible with the RTM release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1. (If you don...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 1 on MS Download Center

    There's no longer a need to download the Visual Studio “Orcas” beta to get the .NET Framework 3.5 bits. The .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 1 is a preview release of the latest version of the .NET Framework and works with the Windows SDK for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5 . .NET...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK UPDATE for Windows Vista

    The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista is live. This is the SDK to install if you want the new C++ compilers that shipped with Visual Studio 2005 SP1 . The docs have been updated, but the samples, tools, headers and libraries are the same as those that shipped with the Windows Vista SDK in November...
  • Blog Post: Get FXCop 1.35 directly

    FxCop has been available in the Windows SDK, but you can download the tool and accompanying SDK directly to ensure that you are always getting the most up-to-date version. FxCop is a code analysis tool that checks .NET managed code assemblies for conformance to the Microsoft .NET Framework Design...
  • Blog Post: Best Resources for .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista Development

    Ron Cundiff pulled together an awesome list of resources for .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista Development . And if you're more of an Office developer, check out his newest resource list for Office 2007 . Thanks, Ron!
  • Blog Post: What exactly is the Windows SDK?

    Lots of people know about the PSDK, but I sometimes get blank looks when I say I work on the Windows SDK . Yeah, we used to be the PSDK, but times and the PSDK have changed and we've been re-branded. The Windows SDK provides all of the necessary headers, libraries, and tools needed to build Windows applications...
  • Blog Post: WPF goodies in the Windows SDK

    With Vista available to the public any minute, I'll bet you can't wait to start developing with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). WPF is one of the components of .NET Framework 3.0 and the newest presentation technology for the creation of next-generation Windows applications. XAML-based and graphics...
  • Blog Post: Finding WPF Samples in the SDK Docs

    When you click on a link to download one of the Windows Presentation Foundation Samples in the Windows SDK, you go to the Windows SDK .NET Framework 3.0 Samples page , where you can download all the .NET samples in bulk. This can be convenient, except that when you are looking at an individual sample...
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