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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Use this not this: APIs that changed for Vista and later

The recommendations this week have come in from the support team and the following list is things that aren’t recommend for targeting versions of Windows later than Vista but that developers occasionally will use. Internet Connection Sharing APIs Don’t use the Internet Connection Sharing APIs in versions of Windows later than Vista.  The APIs do not…

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Windows Desktop Developer Center Updates for 07.01.2011

This week, we made some revisions to the power management learning path. Interest in the Build conference has continued to grow!  Power Management Updates The following video was added to the learning page: We also fixed the link to the video, The Importance of Making your Applications Energy Smart. Build Conference Updates Just a friendly reminder…. At…

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Windows Desktop Developer Center Updates for 06.24.2011

This week we refined and integrated the new code gallery into the developer center. We also made some improvements to the search refinements on the developer center. New Code Gallery The new Windows Desktop Developer Center code gallery, which should now appear under the samples tab in the center, has been skinned to have the…

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Windows Desktop Developer Center Updates for 06.17.2011

The following things happened this week: Kinect SDK released New Code Gallery created for Windows Desktop Developer Center The C++ Renaissance continues! Kinect SDK for WindowsA brief link/news roundup: Kinect SDK Release information on Windows Next Download the SDK Beta Learn about Kinect Features Get started with Kinect development and read code walkthroughs Download the Kinect…

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Use this not this: Logging / Event Tracing

For logging, we’d  like you to use Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) instead of creating your own.  There are several reasons: ETW is fast—probably faster than most custom solutions that are implemented as part of an app Good tools support with Xperf, Windows Performance Toolkit, and so on. Traces are stored in kernel buffer—any traces…

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Windows Developer Center Roundup for 04.22.2011

Last week, I was out, apologies for losing my cadence with the roundups.  Anyways, this week has been huge!  We have finished updating a number of the pages for the dev center so let us know what you think.  Without further ado, the list is as follows: Windows Application Compatibility Learn about Windows 7: Taskbar…

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My first Screencast Series covering Windows Touch in C++/Win32 is Live!

A few months ago, I worked on some very simple samples that demonstrate how to program Windows touch applications in Win32 using GDI for drawing and C++ as the underlying programming language.  C++ Source code accompanying the Windows Touch Screencasts is available on code gallery.  Appologies for the video not properly embedding, the embed code on…

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Windows Touch: 7 Essential Samples for Multitouch Developers

Windows Touch is a powerful API enabling multitouch development on Windows.  Surprisingly, we have seen limited adoption from consumers and developers in this space but anticipate with the release of some new slate form-factor tablets such as the Eee Slate and ExoPC, the market for touch-based PC computing should grow in the following months.  With the…

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