How To: Use XAML and DirectX with C++ and create a compelling Windows Store app

One of the great benefits of using C++ to write Windows Store apps is the ability to mix and match various components and create compelling user experiences. There are a variety of apps that use XAML and DirectX together and have built delightful user experiences. For example, there is the FreshPaint app in the Windows…

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Coming Soon: Updated Code Samples with resumable support

Hello, I will be posting a revised set of samples from my book, “Modern C++ and Windows Store apps” using the resumable function support available from the C++ November CTP. The impacted samples are the ones which use the WinRT Async APIs in conjunction with PPL tasks. For more information on resumable functions, see this…

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Learning C++ /CX with a console app on Windows 8.1

I have previously published a template on the VS Gallery that allows you to build console apps by writing C++ /CX code and not starting with XAML and code generation project default templates that VS ships. The previous blog entry is here and the link to the gallery item is here. The good news is…

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The Windows 8.1 PDF API and innovations from the ecosystem

It feels good when you work with a feature team (Dev/Test/PM) and bring a new system to life. In Windows 8.1, I worked with a great team of developers and testers to add a new API family to the Windows Runtime. These are the new PDF APIs for supporting rendering of PDF content in Windows…

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My C++ articles for MSDN Magazine

How does C++ fit in the “all in the cloud” meme we hear non-stop these days? Are C++ developers staring at a scenario where we need to use other languages just to connect to the “cloud” and consume web services? If you are increasingly staring at this scenario and wondering what options exist out there,…

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Targeting Modern C++ and Windows Store apps samples for Windows 8.1 – Part 1 of n

I have previously mentioned that I will not be updating “Modern C++ and Windows Store apps” to have an edition exclusively for Windows 8.1. My reason behind the decision is simple: The concepts and technologies I have introduced in the book continue to be relevant in Windows 8.1 and all of the samples will work…

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Will there be an update for “Modern C++ and Windows Store apps” for Windows 8.1?

With Windows 8.1 now released as a Consumer Preview enabling developers to try out and begin building apps for the new Operating System, I wanted to let folks know if there is an updated version of my book, “Modern C++ and Windows Store apps” under development. When I began contemplating writing a book about Windows…

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What’s new in XAML for Windows 8.1?

//BUILD 2013 concluded last week and there was a ton of stuff to assimilate. I will attempt to summarize a few important changes for C++/XAML/DirectX developers in this blog post., focusing exclusively on the XAML/DirectX Interop scenarios. If you are interested in knowing what is new with just the XAML framework (new controls, binding features…

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Announcing the winners of the //BUILD contest book giveaway

I am happy to announce the winners of the //BUILD contest I announced a few weeks ago. Matt Larson, Chris Wolf, Subramanyam S, Kim Perry, Carsten Jorgensen, Raúl Guerrero Deschamps, Sai Jagannath, Pheeraphong Sucharee and Raj Rao. Congratulations and enjoy the book! -Sridhar

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Continuing on Modern C++ and building connected apps

Hi, In my book, “Modern C++ and Windows Store apps”, I attempted to provide an overview of how a developer could consume various native technologies and build differentiated application experiences in Windows Store apps. As the work on the book was completed, I began contemplating how to take the story further. One area that I could not…

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