Workaround for a failure to retrieve automatic proxy settings on Windows 7 Pre-Beta

When using Web Services API on Windows 7 Pre-Beta build 6801.0,  you may get the following error in: Failure errorCode=0x803d0015 Failed to retrieve the automatic proxy settings. The proxy could not process the request. There is a work around to the issue. Here is what you have to do: ·         Open Internet Options from Tools…


Are there patterns in technical interviews?

A friend of mine has started an interesting blog dedicated to a theory that there are patterns in questions asked on technical interviews. The idea behind the theory is that there is a small set of the core problems and techniques asked during interviews. Once you know answers to this set, you can answer most…


Interoperability between WCF and Windows Web Services API

If you have questions about interoperability between Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI), the best person to ask is Hao Xu. Hao has started sharing his expertise in this area on his blog the last week. Check out his first posts on how to build interoperable native code client using WWSAPI…


Forum on Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI)

The forum on WWSAPI has been just become public. Please post your questions here You need to get ID on social forums in order to participate in discussions. Looking forward to answering your questions.  


Building web services in native C/C++ code – PDC 2008 talk slide deck and demos

Hello! Thank you everyone who attended the talk on Windows Web Services API at PDC 2008. For those who could not make it, I am attaching to this post a version of a slide deck and demos I have been using. Remember that you need to have Visual Studio 2008 and Windows SDK for Windows…


Introducing a new API for connecting native code to web services at PDC 2008!

I am so excited that I can finally mention the technology I have been working on in the past year. Moreover, I will finally have a chance to introduce the rest of the world to this new API. At PDC 2008, I will be the speaker for the session with a title “Windows 7: Web…


How to fix "Cannot add event handler because code element marked as read-only" in VS2005 and VS2008

Today VS2008 SP1 pop up an error dialog when I was editing MFC dialog box in VS2008 SP1. The error was saying something like “Cannot add event handler because code element CMainDlg marked as read-only”. Clearly neither .cpp nor .h file for this class was not marked as read-only. Actually none of files in directory were marked…


Books on Project Management

I have been asked to suggest books on Project Management. As I pulled together the list, I thought should publish it here also because someone else may find it useful. Good books to start with are: Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management by Greg Horine, Applied Software Project Management by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene….


Troubleshooting "’An endpoint configuration section for contract could not be loaded because more than one endpoint configuration for that contract was found" error

While I was playing with Microsoft AdCenter API, I have encountered this error: Error ‘An endpoint configuration section for contract ‘Microsoft.AdCenter.ICampaignManagementService’ could not be loaded because more than one endpoint configuration for that contract was found. Please indicate the preferred endpoint configuration section by name.’ encountered. Out of curiosity, I searched the web for guidance…


Updated version of "How to Check the Status of an Ad Group in C# (V5.1)" example for Microsoft AdCenter API

I have been playing with Microsoft AdCenter API today. The samples do not exactly build in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 without any changes to them. At least for me. After I added “Service Reference” to and integrated code from “How to Check the Status of an Ad Group in C# (V5.1)”, I have seen…