Charles Petzold Departing

  As I describe in this month’s Editor’s Note column, the October issue of MSDN Magazine is Charles Petzold’s last as a regular columnist. He is leaving our pages to take on a role as a programmer and writer at cross-platform tools provider Xamarin. Charles has been a columnist at MSDN Magazine since 2007, when…


MSDN Magazine July Issue Preview: All About Azure Web Sites

  The July issue of MSDN Magazine is themed around the updated features and functionality of Microsoft Azure Web Sites, and reflects the rapid-fire pace of development we’ve seen in and around Microsoft’s cloud operating system. A package of five feature articles explores how developers can leverage the updated Azure platform to create and deliver…


VB6: David Platt’s Inside Pitch

David Platt has been writing the back page Don’t Get Me Started column at MSDN Magazine for going on five years now. The author of “Why Software Sucks” pulls few punches, and has shown a willingness to kick a hornets nest from time to time. So when Platt wrote a column titled “The Silent Majority:…


Check Out the May Issue of MSDN Magazine

Be sure to check out the May issue of MSDN Magazine, which spotlights some of the powerful new capabilities highlighted at the Microsoft Build Conference last month. Our lead feature, by Mark Michaelis, explores the new features and capabilities coming in the next version of the C# programming language (C# vNext, expected to be called…


Building Netduino-based HID Sensors for WinRT

In the March issue of MSDN Magazine, Microsoft’s Donn Morse wrote a feature titled “Building a Netduino-based HID Sensor for WinRT." The feature looks at how developers can take advantage of the new API in the Windows Runtime to let developers write Windows Store apps for low-cost devices using JavaScript, Visual Basic, C# or C++….


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…