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  • Blog Post: Updated XNA Game Studio 3.0 starter kits

    One of the coolest talks I heard at PDC2008 was XNA Game Studio 3.0 .  Watch the session on Channel 9 ( along with all the PDC2008 sessions ) to learn about XNA Game Studio and the XNA Framework and how they help you to quickly create games using C# that run on Windows, the Xbox 360, and Zune. Frank...
  • Blog Post: ESENT tips and tricks

    ESENT is powerful embedded database engine that is part of Windows. It used by the Active Directory, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Update and several other windows clients. Microsoft Exchange uses a version of the same code, appearing as ese.dll. The Esent API ships in the Windows SDK and is documented...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Support Transitions for Win 2000 and Win Server 2003

    All editions of Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional will reach the end of the Extended Support phase on July 13, 2010, according to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Blog .  After this date, Windows 2000 will no longer be publicly supported.  This means that Microsoft will no longer...
  • Blog Post: Does anyone actually use the WinSDK build environment?

    Is this part of the Windows SDK obsolete? We put a lot of energy into shipping a customer build environment with the latest VC ++ compilers and tools, and it’s all set up to build .NET apps out of the gate, but I rarely get feedback or questions about it. It makes me wonder if anyone is using it...
  • Blog Post: Windows API Functions by Release

    A really handy reference for those developing Win32 apps that target different operating systems is the Functions by Release topic in the MSDN Library.  If you want to know what's new in a recent OS, or what APIs you can use with older OSes, this is a great place to find out.  The Functions...
  • Blog Post: WPF Hotshots at Code Camp in Charlotte, NC

    If you're a WPF developer anywhere near the east coast of the US, you should put this on your calendar.  On Saturday, 17 May 2008, the Enterprise Developers Guild will have their spring Code Camp.  Code Camps are a great way to network and pick up new skills for free, and have a blast. ...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Featured Virtual Labs

    The Microsoft Developer Virtual Labs has a bunch of virtual machine labs that you can access from a browser, so you can try out some technology scenarios without installing any software. There's nothing to set up, and no installation is required besides an ActiveX control . You get a fully functioning...
  • Blog Post: Developer Heroes comic strip

    Team mate Jason Sacks is doing that comic book thing again . He’s working on a joint Microsoft/ Seagate project to venerate developers and IT professionals in a “Heros Happen Here” comic strip that’s being published daily. This is part of the community-driven HEROES happen {here} marketing campaign that...
  • Blog Post: Finally understanding COM after changing a light bulb

    Jeff Moser has just posted an amazingly well-written, easy to digest article on working with COM that really gets into the nitty-gritty about why things work the way they do in COM. The code snippets and screenshots make this article very engaging. If you’re developing with Win32 APIs you should take...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Code Gallery & the Windows SDK

    The MSDN Code Gallery was launched today by Soma Somasegar . The developer community has made “more samples!” one of its top requests, and DevDiv is delivering. This new developer portal is a quick place to get (and share) code snippets, samples, sample applications, and other great resources. Lots of...
  • Blog Post: Blown away in 40 minutes

    What fun! Thirty-one awesome demos in 39 minutes , presented in a wonderful interactive interface. Mouse over the top of the video screen to jump from demo to demo. Thank you for a great tour, Nigel Parker! Demo Links 1. Microsoft Research Group Shot 2. Sea Dragon ( TED Video ) 3. Photosynth...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Windows SDK Developer Center

    You undoubtedly already hang out at the MSDN Visual Studio , Vista , or Windows Server 2008 Developer Centers because they’re the hot jumping off places for relevant links to blogs, Web-casts, forums, events, related links and resources. But did you know that you can now go to the MSDN Windows SDK Developer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Professional Developers Conference Announced

    The date and location of the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been announced: October 27–30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects focused on the future of the Microsoft platform. More information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit released

    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is available on the Microsoft Download center, targeting developers, system customizers, and report writers. It contains all new information about creating plug-ins, working with custom workflow activities, using the new Web services, using...
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