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  • Blog Post: How To: Use XAML and DirectX with C++ and create a compelling Windows Store app

    One of the great benefits of using C++ to write Windows Store apps is the ability to mix and match various components and create compelling user experiences. There are a variety of apps that use XAML and DirectX together and have built delightful user experiences. For example, there is the FreshPaint...
  • Blog Post: Purchase Modern C++ and Windows Store apps in India

    Hi, Wanted to provide a quick update on the availability of my book, “Modern C++ and Windows Store apps”, in India. Get the eBook in Adobe PDF: Get the paperback edition:...
  • Blog Post: Modern C++ and Windows Store Apps – A book about Modern C++ and native technologies

    Over the past few months, I have been writing a book on developing apps using C++ and the various native technologies shipping as part of the Windows 8 wave. Some of these technologies include: C++11, C++ /CX, native XAML, the Windows Runtime, C++AMP, Windows Azure Mobile Services etc. I am happy to...
  • Blog Post: The power and flexibility of C++ or why you should write C++ apps for Windows 8 and beyond :-)

    Last Friday, the C++ team in Redmond released source code for “Project Austin” a skunk works project that is essentially a note taking app. Check out the team’s announcement blog here. This app is one great example of the power of C++ allowing you to code in a largely ISO-C++ code base and then interface...
  • Blog Post: Unit testing support for native apps in Visual Studio 11

    Visual Studio 11 includes support for unit testing native code. This support is provided via an in-built, shipping in the box, brand new C++ unit testing framework. No need to take a dependency on the “/clr” switch anymore to write … Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Reflection in the native Windows Runtime

    If the Windows Runtime has all sorts of metadata information on classes, types, interfaces etc, could a developer implement Reflection for native types? James McNellis has done just that. He has coded up a reflection library for native types. Just … Continue reading →
  • Blog Post: Rendering Bing Maps on Windows 7 using Windows Web Services and Direct2D – Part I

    The Bing Maps Web Services provide a wide array of methods that can be accessed programmatically. If you want to build desktop applications using native code, you can use Windows Web Services (WWSAPI) to access the Bing Maps Web Services. This series of three articles demonstrates using the Imagery service...
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