The Redmond Reality Distortion Field (RDF) and Developer Documentation

I just saw a couple of fun posts about the Redmond Reality Distortion Field (RDF) and it really resonated with how we organize our developer documentation and how we think about our products.  The gist of what the RDF means in the context of Microsoft is that we oftentimes have an unrealistic perception of who are…

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10 Books that could Make you a Better C++ Programmer

I just recently read a post by Programming Zen on 10 recent books that will make you a better developer. I have a few books to add to the list although these may not be as recent and that are focused to C++… making my list really 10 classic books that will make you a…

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June 2010 release of the DirectX SDK is now live!

The June 2010 release of the DirectX SDK is now available for download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3021d52b-514e-41d3-ad02-438a3ba730ba     What’s New in the June 2010 DirectX SDK This version of the DirectX SDK contains the following new features, tools, and documentation. Visual Studio 2010 Support The June 2010 DirectX SDK includes support for Visual Studio 2010. The DirectX…

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What’s new in the Windows Dev Center part 2: MSDN Library integration

In our first What’s new post, we discussed the new look and feel of the Windows Dev Center.  This experience would only be partially complete if all the documentation was presented in an older style. So, we worked closely with MSDN to improve the way that the “library” content appears on the developer center.  To compare and…

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A few Windows developer preview keyboard shortcuts

I’m sure that a number of developers have been downloading the Windows developer preview.  With the preview comes new (unofficial) shortcuts.  The following list are the ones we’re aware of: Key Action Windows logo key+Y Temporarily look at the desktop Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator Windows logo key+F File Search Windows logo key+I Settings Windows…

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Is it just me or does the redesigned Windows developer center need work?

My CodeProject Entries I just got out of a meeting with someone who told me they received rather unanimous feedback that the Windows Developer Center, the site I manage, is painful for developers.  I agree with them for the following reasons: There’s marketing content all over the center and it’s difficult to discern between it and…

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Viewing the Windows Developer Preview documentation offline

Viewing the Windows Developer Preview documentation offline As many of you have pointed out, the developer experience is a rather significant departure from what has been the traditional documentation approach for Windows.  The documentation on the Windows Dev Center has been moving into an encapsulated experience where you follow down a path starting from a…

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So you found an SDK documentation bug…

What do you do? Do you post in the forums? Do you email billg@microsoft.com? The best way is to click the link which is on the bottom of virtually every page in the MSDN library (thanks for the correction, alimbada) that says: “Send comments about this topic to Microsoft”.  This will let you email Microsoft directly with…

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Handling orientation changes and setting preferred orientation in Metro style apps

I have recently been working on a very simple version of the game “Simon” in C# and XAML.  The following screenshot shows the game running: I initially had developed the application without support for orientation.  As a result, when the application reflowed, it would crop components of the application off-screen (not desired!).  The following screen…

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