C++ and SQL Server

A customer asked me this morning about connecting to SQL Server from C++. Had to dig a little, but found some pretty good info and some sample code. Building applications with SQL Native Client: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130904.aspx  From that page: SQL Server Native Client is a stand-alone data access application programming interface (API), used for both OLE…


Keep up with the latest Team Foundation Service releases

Here’s an always up-to-date list of all the releases that have been pushed into Team Foundation Service: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/news/release-archive. As you can see, the TFService team is into continuous value delivery. Are you? Haven’t tried Team Foundation Service? Get started for free today: http://tfs.visualstudio.com -bliz


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows Phone 8

We’re going to have a Game Hackathon tomorrow at the Microsoft Office here in Tampa. For a little diversion, during this Hackathon I’m going to create a little Windows Phone 8 game. All I need is a game loop sample to get me started. I thought about it for a second tonight, and it hit…


Silverlight game loop – revisited for Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 RTM

I finally found the code I created when I ported Mike Snow’s Silverlight snowflake “game” into a Windows 8 C#/XAML “game.”   See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jimblizzard/archive/2012/05/21/porting-a-simple-silverlight-game-loop-to-windows-8-metro-style.aspx/ (Yes I had checked my Release Preview-based code into Team Foundation Service, but I couldn’t remember which project I’d put it in. And I’ve rebuilt all my machines onto RTM bits, so…


Rolling with Team Foundation Service

This summer I had the chance to work on a Windows 8 Store reference app with a few of my colleagues at Microsoft. The opportunity to sling a little code and work with some world-class developers was too good to pass up. This is the first in a series of articles I’m going to write,…


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows 8 Metro style

The other evening I went on the hunt for a XAML/C#-based example of a game loop. I ran into a couple of OLD blog posts by Mike Snow. Naturally it caught my eye, simply because of his last name. In his posts he described game loop based on Silverlight 2. OK. Silverlight uses XAML, and…


Metro Accelerator Labs – Speeding Your App Development

Yesterday I blogged about the live webcast series on Windows 8 Metro style development that’s currently underway. Today I want to make sure you’re aware that we have a Metro Accelerator Lab coming up at the end of May here in Tampa. Joe Healy and I are looking forward to seeing you there. Oh, by…


Visual Studio 11 – live webcast series in May and June

Looking for a little Visual Studio 11 action? If so, you’re going to be in heaven for the next two months. Check out this list of live webcasts during May and June.   EVENT NAME DATE REGISTER Scrum and Agile Management Using Visual Studio 2011 May 8, 2012 Register Northwest Cadence Corporation Presents: A Development…


Developer, do your Windows 8 Metro style tiles look like this?

Have all the Metro style apps and samples that you’ve created all gotten a disease of little X’s in the lower right corner of every tile, like an outbreak of the chicken pox? What the …? And if you try to launch one of the apps you created, do you see this screen? “Store     Your…


Want to keep up with Visual Studio 11 Beta news and info?

Here’s your must-have list of sites regarding Visual Studio 11 Beta. The Visual Studio team blog. If you see a post and have questions, want to make a comment, or provide feedback, post it in the comments section: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/ The VS11 Beta forums are also an excellent place to post questions / look for answers:…