New VB XNA Sample – showing Xbox, Windows and Phone targetting

For all those who have started venturing into developing windows phone applications, there are quite a few samples utilizing Silverlight, but the XNA content has been a little bit light.     (We are working on getting some more XNA VB samples online).  But for those wanting to see a nice VB example of XNA development,  the Blackjack…


Patterns Determine Decisions (microwaves are EVIL!!!!)

This is Day 7 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance.     Rush hour Have you ever noticed that when you do something regularly, you develop a pattern? Yeah, I know, I’m a genius, but think about it. You build habits and routines. You take the same exit on your way to work. You drive the…


Updated Samples for WP7 Developers

For those VB developers who are developing (or keen to start developing) for WIndows Phone 7.  The samples have been updated and as you’ll notice virtually all of them are in both C# and VB. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff431744(VS.92).aspx      


Adaptive Index Defrag

Latest update: 1/20/2017 (Check change log) Download on GitHub NOTE: if using SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014, mind there is a bug where the online index rebuild can cause index corruption or data loss when it is used together with concurrent queries that modify many rows. If using @onlineRebuild option, to work around this,…


WMI events

Smarter than polling Suppose you want to know if a network adapter is connected.  If you read our last WMI blog post, you’re already clever enough to solve this handily: just query MSNdis_LinkState and execute  the WmiQueryLinkState method.  This is great if you need to poll the NIC for connectivity status — but what if…


Kinect SDK For PC – VB Samples available.

Today, Microsoft announced the Kinect SDK for PC    http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/download.aspx    VB Samples are there at launch and available for downloading    http://files.ch9.ms/coding4fun/KinectSDKSamplesVB.zip       


The Temple of VB (Matt Gertz)

Hi, all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, and a lot has happened in my world since then.  Though I’ve been pretty busy on our engineering systems team, I took a little time off last summer to do some traveling and, more importantly, some long overdue writing.  Although I’d always enjoyed writing…


Exploring NDIS’s WMI classes

Getting fancy with PowerShell and WMI Last time we got our feet wet with a simple PowerShell script to query Ethernet MAC addresses.  It looked easy, but of course, it requires you to know the magic WMI class name “MSNdis_EthernetCurrentAddress”.  How do you go about discovering other interesting WMI classes?  Once again, PowerShell to the…


WPP and KD

Industrial-strength tracing in an industrial-strength debugger Last time we talked about controlling WPP from the command-line.  This is great if you need to send instructions to a customer to collect logs, or if you want to automatically enable NDIS tracing on all your test machines.   Because you don’t need a debugger attached, the command-line approach…


Diagnostics with WPP

Industrial-strength tracing WPP is similar to DbgPrint.  In fact, for NDIS.SYS, WPP and DbgPrint trace exactly the same messages.  However, WPP is easier to enable and works on retail versions of NDIS.SYS.  These advantages mean that WPP can be enabled by customers, without setting up a kernel debugger.  Additionally, because WPP can write directly to…