Possible C++ Interview question: static functions and virtual

When declaring a static function could you declare it as a virtual? No Discussion: Static functions are not related to objects so they would not be declared as a virtual. Virtual functions are used with specific objects that determines which virtual function to call.  


Responsive Apps are better than non-responsive apps

Yep, if you use the asynchronous programming approach you can avoid the sadness and social issues related to creating non-responsive apps. Check out these articles Asynchronous programming (Metro style apps) Keeping Apps Fast and Fluid with Asynchrony in the Windows Runtime   An article that also shows you how to build an app that can…


C++ Security: Security Descriptor

What is a security descriptor? A security descriptor is a structure and associated data that contains the security information for a securable object. A security descriptor identifies the object’s owner and primary group. It can also contain a DACL that controls access to the object, and a SACL that controls the logging of attempts to…


Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2012!

This is a book that programmers as well as administrators should keep on their client machine.  Lot’s of tips and insight into the latest and greatest Windows Server 2012: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/06/04/free-ebook-introducing-windows-server-2012.aspx Please note that as of this writing only the PDF is downloadable. Just download, don’t hang around here.


Connecting Power Point to Team Foundation Server using your buddy game

This is a two step process currently, you have to define the work item in Team Foundation Server and then go back to PowerPoint to connect the workitems. I am using VS 12 RC Premium, it should work in VS 2010 Professional or Ultimate, but not Express, and you need to have either Team Foundation…


Game Design: Architectural Tools

In the current environment of game design you can get away with flash and dash game design, that is rapidly put together your game post it and make your money then move on to another project.  Many technologies go this way from time to time and then they move back to design, design, build, maintain…


Free Stencils for Visio 2013 which is New and much better!

Yeah, sure you say.  You might be thinking: “Sam you work for Microsoft, of course you will say that Visio is better!”  But you don’t use it and see no reason to use it. Too bad.  But like you, my managers don’t want to see complex diagrams from me, nor an email longer then 4…

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Installing Office 15 for the very first time

Once you figured out that the install was all online, it went pretty fast.  I am in the office today, unusual for me, and had to use the Microsoft office network for.  Although the office network is in reality it is relatively fast, my cable is faster, still the download and install took less time…


C++ Security Practices in Visual Studio 2012

This is whining blog so you might want to come back later Sorry. Do you want some cheese with that Whine? HTML5/JavaScript security practices are one thing and most developers in HTML5 can safely ignore them.  They shouldn’t but come on, media stuff has to get done.  On the other hand where do you go…