Updated XNA Game Studio 3.0 starter kits

One of the coolest talks I heard at PDC2008 was XNA Game Studio 3.0.  Watch the session on Channel 9 (along with all the PDC2008 sessions) to learn about XNA Game Studio and the XNA Framework and how they help you to quickly create games using C# that run on Windows, the Xbox 360, and…

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ESENT tips and tricks

ESENT is powerful embedded database engine that is part of Windows. It used by the Active Directory, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Update and several other windows clients. Microsoft Exchange uses a version of the same code, appearing as ese.dll. The Esent API ships in the Windows SDK and is documented in the Windows SDK docs…


Upcoming Support Transitions for Win 2000 and Win Server 2003

All editions of Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional will reach the end of the Extended Support phase on July 13, 2010, according to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Blog.  After this date, Windows 2000 will no longer be publicly supported.  This means that Microsoft will no longer provide any assisted support and will no…

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Does anyone actually use the WinSDK build environment?

Is this part of the Windows SDK obsolete? We put a lot of energy into shipping a customer build environment with the latest VC ++ compilers and tools, and it’s all set up to build .NET apps out of the gate, but I rarely get feedback or questions about it. It makes me wonder if…

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Windows API Functions by Release

A really handy reference for those developing Win32 apps that target different operating systems is the Functions by Release topic in the MSDN Library.  If you want to know what’s new in a recent OS, or what APIs you can use with older OSes, this is a great place to find out.  The Functions by…

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WPF Hotshots at Code Camp in Charlotte, NC

If you’re a WPF developer anywhere near the east coast of the US, you should put this on your calendar.  On Saturday, 17 May 2008, the Enterprise Developers Guild will have their spring Code Camp.  Code Camps are a great way to network and pick up new skills for free, and have a blast.  Two…


MSDN Featured Virtual Labs

The Microsoft Developer Virtual Labs has a bunch of virtual machine labs that you can access from a browser, so you can try out some technology scenarios without installing any software. There’s nothing to set up, and no installation is required besides an ActiveX control .  You get a fully functioning lab for a given…

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Developer Heroes comic strip

Team mate Jason Sacks is doing that comic book thing again.  He’s working on a joint Microsoft/Seagate project to venerate developers and IT professionals in a “Heros Happen Here” comic strip that’s being published daily.  This is part of the community-driven HEROES happen {here} marketing campaign that honors the everyday heroes in our techie-world.  It’s…

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Finally understanding COM after changing a light bulb

Jeff Moser has just posted an amazingly well-written, easy to digest article on working with COM that really gets into the nitty-gritty about why things work the way they do in COM.  The code snippets and screenshots make this article very engaging.  If you’re developing with Win32 APIs you should take a look at Jeff’s…

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MSDN Code Gallery & the Windows SDK

 The MSDN Code Gallery was launched today by Soma Somasegar. The developer community has made “more samples!” one of its top requests, and DevDiv is delivering.  This new developer portal is a quick place to get (and share) code snippets, samples, sample applications, and other great resources.  Lots of cool features are already live – pages that describe samples,…

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