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  • Blog Post: Win SDK with Visual C++ 2005: Failure to compile in Debug mode

    This workaround applies to the Windows SDK for Windows 7 (currently released as a beta).  If your usage scenario matches the one listed below, you will be unable to debug in the Windows SDK command line build environment or Visual Studio 2005 SP1. Symptom: You have an .lib file or an .obj file that...
  • 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: How to get the SDK Configuration Tool to work

    The Windows SDK Configuration Tool sets which version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you want to build with in Visual Studio. The tool shipped with the Windows SDK for Server 2008 but has had several problems. Here’s how to get it working in your scenario. Instructions are different depending...
  • Blog Post: XAML Power Toys v2 Released

    Karl Shifflett of the Cider team has released v2 of his XAML Power Toys, that enable developers to quickly layout and maintain Line of Business Application forms.  Five great videos get you up and running with this Visual Studio add-in. Check out all the details and downloads on the ever useful...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'atlbase.h'

    If you’re building with the Windows SDK build environment or with a Visual Studio Express version and seeing error C1083: cannot open include file: ‘altbase.h’ (or winres.h, afxwin.h, afxres.h, atlconv.h) y ou probably need to buy and install a non-Express version of Visual Studio to successfully build...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting: error PRJ0003: Error spawning 'bscmake.exe'

    Are you seeing error PRJ0003 when building with Visual Studio Express Editions or the Windows SDK build environment? You probably need a non-Express version of Visual Studio’s Visual C++ development environment to successfully build your project. What’s BSCMAKE.EXE? The Microsoft Browse Information Maintenance...
  • Blog Post: How to: Add 64-bit support to .vcproj files

    Have you found a great sample in the Windows SDK but wish it could target 64-bit platforms? Not all of our samples have 64-bit support, but it’s quick and easy to configure the sample yourself using the project configurations available in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). ...
  • Blog Post: Released: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 RC0

    The latest prerelease Windows SDK is available for download! This SDK release supports Windows Server 2008 RC0 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 . The RC0 SDK is compatible with Visual Studio 2005 SP1; including Visual Studio Express Editions . The new SDK includes the Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 versions...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Not All C++ Samples with are Configured for X64

    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: J# Samples require VJ++ (Visual Studio)

    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: 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: ATL or MFC Sample Dependency

    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: SDK Workaround: After Visual Studio integration, extra paths added to VC++ Directories

    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 After running Visual Studio Registration, C:\Program Files\Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VCProj files that depend on ATL/MFC fail, even when VS installed

    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 Visual Studio 2005 .vcproj files that have a dependency on ATL...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK components in VC++ Express for VS2008

    VS2008 Beta 2 is available for download. Beta 2 previews major improvements in VC++ Express for VS2008 , which Nikola Dudar discusses in his blog . With VC++ Express 2008 Beta 2 , you no longer asked to download the 1 GB Windows SDK in order to build Windows applications that use Win32 APIs. VC++ Express...
  • Blog Post: Visual C++ Today and Tomorrow: Channel 9 Interview

    How will VC++ evolve? How has the advent of managed code affected the evolutionary trajectory of VC++? What's the VC++ team up to these days, anyway? How much time are they spending innovating C++, the native language? Tune in and learn first-hand from two people who know the answers to the above questions...
  • Blog Post: Visual C++ How Do I... Videos

    A number of “How Do I” videos for native development are now available on MSDN. These videos are designed to help developers new to Visual C++ 2005 become more productive using the environment. You can download the videos in a wide variety of formats: WMV, iPod, MP4, 3GP, Zune or PSP. You can check out...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Developer Learning Center

    The VS Express Editions Beginner Developer Learning Center is a great place to point your kids and others interested in breaking into programming. My 12-year old and his friends find the bite-sized resources and How-To reference library (with 5-10 minute tutorials on a specific task) easy to use and...
  • 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: FxCop Honored with Chairman's Award for Engineering Excellence

    Microsoft’s prestigious Engineering Excellence Chairman's Award was awarded to Mike Fanning, Krzysztof Cwalina , and Brad Abrams for the design of FxCop , which ships as a standalone tool and in Visual Studio 2005 and later. Pretty exciting stuff for a project that started as a "hobby project" in their...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine on the Power of LINQ

    A lot has been written about the new set of language features known collectively as Language Integrated Query (LINQ), which is included in upcoming release of Visual Studio 2008. It’s certainly one of the hot topics of conversation around my team. I just found a couple of great articles on LINQ in the...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2005 SDK Browser: SWEET!

    If you’re building extensions for Visual Studio, look at these screenshots of the gorgeous new VS SDK browser that the VS Tools Ecosystem team just shipped as part of Visual Studio SDK 4.0. Features like these make it a snap to find the right sample to jump start your project. Docs are integrated into...
  • Blog Post: Can I build MFC or ATL samples with Visual Studio C++ Express?

    The Windows SDK includes samples that require ATL or MFC headers to build, but the SDK does not come with the ATL or MFC headers, libraries, or runtimes. These samples, which are listed in the SDK Release Notes, will only build if you have the non-Express editions of Visual C++ 2005 installed on your...
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