WOW Burning Crusade Expansion Pack: Code it

As 9 million users are no doubt aware, World of Warcraft just became a lot more fun with the Burning Crusade Expansion Pack.  For coding fun, Warcraft exposes a LUA-based API and has a huge community of AddOn developers extending Warcraft.  Microsoft’s Developer Division has released AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft, an open source…


Go ElfYourself

Hey, I just made a total elf of myself. Check it out by clicking here  If you haven’t tried this yet go on over to the very entertaining ElfYourself site brought to you by OfficeMax. Give it a try – I laughed myself sick.  Thanks to Michael Howard for introducing me to ElfYourself.


The Silverlight Christmas song

Ahhh.  Silverlight inspires us all.  Check out Mason Zimbler’s wonderful remake of Silent Night here  and see their clever, clever (Sliverlight driven) web site here  Mason Zimbler is a highly creative integrated digital marketing agency that specializes in working with technology organizations. 


How to: build from the Windows SDK command line

To build from the SDK command line:   1.    Copy your application or sample to a working folder not under \Program Files. 2.    Open the Windows SDK CMD shell (Start, All Programs, Windows SDK v6.1, SDK CMD Shell). 3.    Navigate to directory where your sample/app can be found. 4.    Build the sample from the command…


Where’s Windows SDKSetupLog.txt installed?

 When downloading the Windows SDK, files are written to a temp directory.  If you’re having setup problems you may need to clear this temporary directory before reinstalling.  By default, the temp directory is here:   On Vista: C:\%user%\AppData\Local\Temp\SDKSetupLog.txt   On XP: C:\Documents and Settings\%User%\Local Settings\ SDKSetupLog.txt   Having install issues?  See Troubleshooting SDK Download/Setup Problems.


Windows SDK File System Layout

Looking for SDK components?  By default, the Windows SDK is installed to your hard disk to C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\[version number] in the subdirectories below. You can change the install location during SDK setup.  Samples are installed by default to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\[version number]\Samples directory, but this directory can be also be changed, independent of…


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) you probably need to buy and install a non-Express version of Visual Studio to successfully build your project. These are ATL and MFC files, which…


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 Utility (BSCMAKE.EXE) builds a browse information file (.bsc) from .sbr files created…


Get and get rid of stuff at Freecycle

I just discovered a great resource for keeping the environment green and getting rid of old stuff (and maybe getting some old stuff too…)  It’s the Freecycle Network, made up of 4,171 groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their…


Uninstalling SDK components

The Windows SDK installs both SDK-core components and “shared” applications created by other teams at Microsoft as separate MSI files (see below for more on MSIs). When you select to uninstall the SDK through Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features on Vista), most of the SDK will be uninstalled automatically.  However, a few components might need…