Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

Beta 2 for VS 2008 was made available at the end of the last week. It inclues beta releases for standard, professional, team system editions and the MSDN library. It also includes the beta 2 for the .NET Framework 3.5 and a CTP for the Silverlight add-in for VS 2008 that allows you working with Silverlight…

Speech Synthesizer

A collegue of mine pointed me today to this web site, http://www.ivosoftware.com/, that offers a very interesting speech synthesizer, called IVONA. Without trying to advertise for it, I just want to say that I was surprized that one of the three languages that is supports is Romanian, and the it sounds quite good. You can…

Launch of CODEXPERT main site / Lansare site principal CODEXPERT

Today was launched the main site of Codexpert, the community for Romanian C++ programmers. For now you can check the latest news, what topics are active or unanswered on the forum, navigate to the community’s forum and wiki. In a short time we will start publishing articles, which you can send for now in HTML…

Launch of CODEXPERT Community / Lansare comunitate CODEXPERT

I am happy to announce you that together with Ovidiu Cucu and Dragos Cojocari (both Microsoft MVPs for VC++) have created CODEXPERT, a web site for the C++ developers in Romania and elsewhere the world. Except that all resources (including the main site, forum, articles, wiki, etc.) are in Romanian. The goal of our project is to create a…

Release date for Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft has announced yesterday that Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL server 2008 will all be released on 27 February 2008 at an event in Los Angeles. In anticipation for the most significant Microsoft enterprise event in the next year, Turner announced that Windows Server® 2008, Visual Studio® 2008 and Microsoft SQL…

Update of Article “Determine Windows Version and Edition”

Recently I have updated my article published on CodeGuru about determining Windows version and edition. The update offers support for determining the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 edition installed on a machine. Since both these new operating systems have the same major and minor version returned by GetVersionEx, i.e. 6 for major and 0…

End of Bill Gates’ Era?

According to a Mexican finacial publication cited by The Guardian, Bill Gates is no longer the richest man on the planet. The new richest man is the Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu Aglamaz. Most of his business is in communication, and the surge in the shares of America Movil group put him on the top spot. It remains…

Vista Aero’s Menus Hiding with MFC 9.0

You probably noticed that IE7 or Windows Media Player 11 don’t have the menu shown by default; it only shows up when you press the ALT key. This is one particularity of the look and feel of Windows Vista Aero. You can find guidelines about designing menus here: menu guidelines menu design concepts As revealed by…

File Dialogs in MFC 9.0

Windows Vista redesigned the way the file dialogs look. MFC 9.0 (that will ship with Visual Studio 2008) was updated to support the new look and feel. If you compile your MFC application with VS 2008 you get the new file dialogs with no additional change. On the other hand if you run the application…

Syslink Control in MFC 9.0

Visual Studio 2008 (formely code-named ‘Orcas’) has several important updates for VC++ and MFC. Among them the possibility to create syslink controls, command or split buttons and network address controls. In this post I will show how you can work with the syslink control. The control provides a way to embed hypertext links in a window….