Gone With The Week (Mar 1 – 5, 2010)

The following is a selection of five news about .NET development published on independent media. Problematic pair programming Larry O’Brien explores reasons why pair programming is the least adopted of the Extreme Programming practices and ways to deal with its challenges. (Software Development Times) Redesign VB IDE Dialogs Karl Peterson unleashes ways to tweak VB…

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x64 Debugging With Pseudo Variables

For many years, Visual C++ has included a set of pseudo variables and format specifiers for use in debugging. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr shares some of the pseudo variables and format specifiers that he’s found most useful for debugging C++ applications in the x86 and x64 processor architectures. Check…

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Windows With C++: High-Performance Algorithms

Algorithm efficiency is not as straightforward as you might think. A well-designed algorithm on a single processor can often outperform an inefficient implementation on multiple processors. In the October 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr walks through the development of a fairly simple algorithm with efficiency and scalability in mind. Check the magazine archives…

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Going Places: Ink-Enabled Apps For Tablet PC

The process for ink capture and analysis on the Tablet PC is straightforward in managed code. To the uninitiated developer, however, creating unmanaged Tablet PC applications can be rather daunting. In the October 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Gus Class a quick introduction to the Tablet PC ink architecture and shows how to capture and…

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Windows with C++: Asynchronous WinHTTP

A common misconception is that you need to use the .NET Framework if you want your application to access the Web. The truth is that both managed and native code need to deal with many of the same issues. In the August 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr shows you how to use the…

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Patterns In Practice: The Open Closed Principle

The June 2008 issue features the first installment of a new MSDN Magazine column on software design fundamentals. We’ll discuss design patterns and principles in a manner that isn’t bound to a specific tool or lifecycle methodology. In this issue, Jeremy Miller starts the Patterns in Practice column with a discussion of the Open Closed…

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Windows With C++: Decoding Windows Vista Icons With WIC

In the April 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr introduced the Windows Imaging Component (WIC), showing you how you can use it to encode and decode different image formats. In the June 2008 issue, Kenny shows you how to extend WIC by writing your own codecs. In particular, you’ll walk through the initial steps…

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A C++ Library That Simplifies Windows Forms

One problem with GUI programming in C++ is that most libraries are too low level, putting much of the burden on the programmer. In the June 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, John Torjo introduces you eGUI++, a C++ library that gives you a high-level interface for dealing with GUI applications. It makes event programming quite…

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A Survey of .NET Languages And Paradigms

Hundreds of languages target Windows either directly through the Win32 API or through the CLR, and more are being built every day. While you’ve probably heard about many of these new languages and language paradigms, you may be wondering what it all means. In the May 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Joel Pobar takes you…

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Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack

Although the Visual C++ compiler has been improved in a areas including performance, security, and standards conformance, seemingly little has been done in the way of new library and productivity features for quite some time. That has changed with the Visual C++ 2008. In the May 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr demonstrates the…

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