New samples in Win 7 SDK: Direct2D and DirectWrite

The Windows 7 SDK comes with several components, including tools, documentation, headers and libraries, and samples. In this series of blogs, I’ll go through a number of sample that particularly target the new features in Windows 7. I’ll talk about how to build and run them and what the requirements are for each. Samples have…


Building web services on Windows with C++

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce the new framework for building web services in C++ code. Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) supports the core set of protocols for SOAP-based web services. Developers can use WWSAPI in applications where they need to use native C/C++ code and they cannot take dependency on .Net Framework….


Development with Windows SDK & DirectX SDK when Visual Studio 2008 is installed

This article describes how to set VC directory paths in Visual Studio 2008 to ensure that the most recent version of rpcsal.h is found.  This article applies ONLY to users of DirectX SDK releases November 2008 and older.  When using DirectX SDK (March 2009) or newer, the DirectX SDK should appear above the Windows SDK…


Win SDK Hidden Gems: Function Discovery Browser (fdbrowser.exe)

The Function Discovery API, introduced in Vista, serves as an abstraction layer between applications and devices. This API allows applications to discover devices by function rather than lower level details such as bus or connection type. The Function Discovery Browser is a utility that displays information about devices in your local machine and connected via…