ESENT (Extensible Storage Engine) API in the Windows SDK

I’m not sure how many people know that Windows comes with an embeddable, transactional database engine which is available to developers through the Windows SDK. The ESENT database engine can be used whenever an application wants high-performance, low-overhead storage of structured or semi-structured data. This can range from something as simple as a hash table…

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Using Windows SDK Vista Bridge Sample Library

Many of you don’t know about the Vista Bridge sample library, what can it do or even where you can find it. Let’s start with the basics; i.e. definitions. Vista Bridge is a sample library that contains managed wrappers for a number of Windows Vista APIs that are not exposed in the .NET Framework. The…

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How to get the WinSDK Configuration Tool to work

The Windows SDK Configuration Tool sets which version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you want to build with in Visual Studio. The tool shipped with the Windows SDK for Server 2008, and bugs have since been discovered that affect different scenarios. Here’s how to get the tool working in your scenario. Instructions are…

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