Meshing in C++ (CLI)

I recently was asked about accessing the Live Framework from C++. Taking this from the standpoint of “Hey, I have a regular old C++ application. How can I start putting my stuff into Live Services using Live fx?” there are a couple of options. REST/XML C++ CLI Interop These are reasonable alternatives depending on your…


.NET Extension methods from C++

Extension methods are a nice little feature now available in C# and VB.NET. They allow you to tack on new methods to existing classes for which you don’t own the original code. Now C++ does not support this natively and so I recently got bit when I was translating some C# code into C++ CLI….


Live Framework Webcast: Getting started with Live Framework

The Live Services team is having a webcast event for Live Framework (Livefx). During the session, you will have a chance to hear from the Microsoft engineering team which developed Live Framework. The session will be held from 8am PST to 10am PST on Dec 8th, 2008. Agenda 8:00am – 8:30am: Introduction to Live Framework…


Navigating LiveFX with .NET

When first given a new SDK, what I do is immediately try to figure out the object model. This is how I try to understand what the SDK developer’s intent was and how he thinks I will or should use the new tools provided. Since documentation on the object model for the Live Framework toolkits…


But what can I *do* with it?

If you have expressed confusion about what the Live Framework is about, who can use it, or just plain “What can I do with it?!” then check out Danny Thorpe’s article How Do I Mesh Thee? Let Me Count The Ways. He breaks it down clearly and concisely and you may just be a bit…


Wallpaper your desktop with Mesh

Due to popular demand, yesterday Vikas posted a zip file with a bunch of the various Live Mesh desktop backgrounds.


Keeping the crickets at bay

Earlier this year I swore to myself that I was going to make more regular blog entries about the Windows Live Platform stuff that I was working with. Then I got heavily involved with the Live Framework team and so couldn’t write anything about that until it was announced at PDC. Then I went on…


Photosynth released!

Last week the Microsoft Live Labs team released the first version of Photosynth that allows you to make your own synths! Just log in and throw a bunch of images at it and they "automatically reconstruct a three-dimensional space from a collection of photos of a place or an object." I took a large pool…


Mesh continues to expand availability

In order to expand testing of the underlying technology, the Mesh team continues to expand the availability of the platform experience preview. You can now sign-up without a wait list in Canada, India and Ireland also (although you still need to run with an English locale for now.) Angus Logan put together a map of…


Live Mesh is now openly available to anyone in the U.S.!

As announced in the Live Mesh Forum, anyone in the U.S. can now use Live Mesh. Just sign in to with a valid Windows Live ID. This is great news as the limited invites available earlier made me think a lot harder about using this to share data. No more "Hmmm, are you Mesh…