Previewing the April issue of MSDN Magazine

The April issue of MSDN Magazine is just around the corner and will lead off with Bill Kratochvil’s feature titled, “Windows Store C++ for C# Developers: Understanding the Domain.” The article aims to show C# developers how they can incorporate C++ components into Windows Store applications to maximize performance and functionality. The April issue also…


Calvin and Hobbes: Lessons from the Funny Pages

This month’s Editor’s Note (Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Calvin and Hobbes) highlights some useful lessons developers can take from Bill Watterson’s beloved comic strip about a six-year-old boy and his stuffed Tiger, Hobbes. For 10 years from 1985 to 1995, Calvin and Hobbes lit up the funny pages, regaling readers with…


Don’t Get Me Prognosticating

When David Platt wrote his November 2013 “Don’t Get Me Started” column (Advice to the New CEO), offering straight talk advice to the then-unknown future CEO of Microsoft, Platt laid out four points of action. Briefly stated, they were: 1. Transform Microsoft into an authentic devices and services company 2. Buy your way into the…


Charles Petzold: The Hidden Depths of DirectX

Charles Petzold is a man who requires no introduction among MSDN Magazine readers (but if you need one, here’s my column about his 25 years of service to the magazine). Author of the definitive book Programming Windows (now in its sixth edition), he wrote the very first article about Windows programming to appear in MSDN…


Windows Azure Insiders and the Internet of Things

In the current, March issue of MSDN Magazine, you can read Bruno Terkaly and Ricardo Villalobos’ latest Windows Azure Insider column, titled “The Windows Azure Service Bus and the Internet of Things, Part 2.” The column dives into the specifics of machine-to-machine (or M2M) computing and offers a hands-on look at how Windows Azure and…